IELTS® General Reading Practice 10

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.
 

Food Poisoning: Understand the Facts

Almost everyone will experience food poisoning at one point in their lifetime, but not everyone is aware of proper precautions to avoid the illness. Read our helpful pamphlet below for more information!
 

The Basics

Food poisoning is an ailment that usually occurs after ingesting contaminated products, usually due to semi-toxic chemicals or harmful bacteria.

The Symptoms

While your symptoms will almost always depend on the type of germ or chemical that has been ingested, some of the most common symptoms include: stomach pains, nausea, diarrhea, and a slight fever. Sometimes, vertigo and hives may accompany these common symptoms and typically last for a few days.

Cooking for Guests?

While tempting, it is best not to prepare food in advance, because this will give germs a better chance at developing. Instead, start preparing food the day of the event. If you feel stressed or do not have enough time for preparation, call a commercial caterer. These services will have the proper equipment to handle such events.

Taking Precautions

It would be best to avoid raw meat and chicken, since these items can cause food poisoning. In order to best protect yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Do not keep raw food and cooked food together. Raw meat can easily contaminate cooked foods, even in the refrigerator!
  2. Always use different utensils when preparing raw and cooked foods. Germs can spread on utensils.
  3. Wash your hands with warm water and soap after touching raw food.
  4. All meat should be thoroughly thawed before it is cooked. Chicken should be cooked until the juices are clear--not red!
  5. If you do not finish your food, cool it quickly by putting it in the fridge as soon as possible. By following this method, germs will not be able to grow.

How to Handle Sickness

If you have been diagnosed with food poisoning, always follow a doctor's orders. In general, you must stay home from work or school for at least 48 hours. If your line of work involves handling food or contact with people, you are legally obligated to inform your employer of your diagnosis. If you believe you have caught your sickness from a restaurant, you may be obligated to call the sanitation services in your city.

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

Parkland Zoo Tours

Have you ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes at the Parkland Zoo? Perhaps you have always wanted to watch zookeepers feed the animals, or listen to our expert zoologists explain their experiences in the wild! Well, now you can! Parkland Zoo is hosting a “Parkland Tour Experience” for the first time ever. Read on for more information!

Tour Information

  1. These exclusive tours will take place each weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) during the month of August 2019.
  2. Tours for children under 13 years old and parents are reserved during the mornings until 12:00 PM*. Since the afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition, children (under 13 years old) are not permitted to be in attendance.
  3. All tours will have a maximum of 15 people, and will be fully escorted by an experienced zookeeper.
  4. Morning tours will last approximately 75 minutes. Afternoon tours will last approximately two hours.
  5. *Note: Adult groups can also attend the morning tours, but must be aware that the Safari Ride Exhibition is not included. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 5 years old.

Pricing

  1. Adults: $65.00
  2. Children (under 13 years old): $35.00
  3. University Students and Senior Citizens: $40.00

Key Details

  1. It would be best to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes for this tour due to the uneven terrain of some zoo areas.
  2. Photos are not permitted, but a designated photographer from the Parkland Zoo will take photos of your tour, which will be available for purchase at the end of the tour.
  3. The Parkland Zoo will also be open for regular guests who are not part of the tour, meaning that parking may be limited.
  4. Please arrive at least 15 minute prior to your tour start time in order to be available for your tour. Due to time constraints, you will not be able to join the tour if you are more than 10 minutes late.
  5. Tours will take place rain or shine!
1. precautions - The statement, “Almost everyone will experience food poisoning at one point in their lifetime, but not everyone is aware of proper precautions to avoid the illness.” proves this to be correct.
 
2. ingesting - The statement, “Food poisoning is an ailment that usually occurs after ingesting contaminated products…” proves this to be correct.
3. raw food - The statement, “Do not keep raw food and cooked food together. Raw meat can easily contaminate cooked foods, even in the refrigerator!” proves this to be correct.
4. thawed - The statement, “All meat should be thoroughly thawed before it is cooked.” proves this to be correct.
5. in advance - The statement, “While tempting, it is best not to prepare food in advance, because this will give germs a better chance at developing.” proves this to be correct.
6. diagnosed - The statement, “If you have been diagnosed with food poisoning, always follow a doctor's orders.” proves this to be correct.
7. sanitation services - The statement, “If you believe you have caught your sickness from a restaurant, you may be obligated to call the sanitation services in your city.” proves this to be correct.
8. TRUE - Based on the sentence, “These exclusive tours will take place each weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) during the month of August 2019.”, this is TRUE.
9. FALSE - Based on the sentence, “Adult groups can also attend the morning tours, but must be aware that the Safari Ride Exhibition is not included.”, this option is FALSE. Adults do not have to have a child present in order to attend the morning tours.
10. FALSE - The sentence, “Since the afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition, children (under 13 years old) are not permitted to be in attendance.” proves that children cannot attend the afternoon tours, even with a parent or adult.        
11. NOT GIVEN - The passage states, "The afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition" and "Afternoon tours will last approximately two hours", so we know for sure that the exhibition is part of the afternoon tours. However, the passage does not state how long the Safari Ride Exhibition is going to last.
12. FALSE - The statement, “It would be best to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes for this tour due to the uneven terrain of some zoo areas.” advises participants to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes. The text does not state that participants must wear tennis shoes or sneakers. Therefore, this is FALSE.
13. TRUE - The statement, “...a designated photographer from the Parkland Zoo will take photos of your tour, which will be available for purchase at the end of the tour.” proves this to be TRUE.
14. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
 
This reading practice simulates the first section of the IELTS General Reading test. You should spend about twenty minutes on it. Read the passage(s) and answer questions 1-14.
Questions 1-7
Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in 1-7 on your answer sheet.

Not all people are familiar with the correct to take to steer clear from the illness.

Food poisoning, an illness involving contaminated food, happens shortly after harmful chemicals or bacteria.

It is important not to store with cooked food in the refrigerator.

When preparing meat, it should first be thoroughly before it is cooked.

When cooking for guests, do not prepare food , since it gives germs a better chance at developing.

If you have been with food poisoning, follow your doctor's orders.

You may need to call your city's if you developed food poisoning after eating at a restaurant.

Questions 8-14
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? In boxes 8-14 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE   if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE   if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN   if there is no information on this.

8. Tours will only take place during the weekend for one month.

9. Adults cannot join the morning tours unless they have a child with them.

10. Children under 13 years of age can attend the afternoon tours if they are accompanied by a parent or adult.

11. The Safari Ride Exhibition is at least one hour long.

12. Participants must wear sneakers or tennis shoes for the tour.

13. Participants can purchase photographs of their tour if they so choose.

14. Refunds will be available in the case of absence.





Answer Sheet
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Food Poisoning / Parkland Zoo Tours

Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.
 

Food Poisoning: Understand the Facts

Almost everyone will experience food poisoning at one point in their lifetime, but not everyone is aware of proper precautions to avoid the illness. Read our helpful pamphlet below for more information!
 

The Basics

Food poisoning is an ailment that usually occurs after ingesting contaminated products, usually due to semi-toxic chemicals or harmful bacteria.

The Symptoms

While your symptoms will almost always depend on the type of germ or chemical that has been ingested, some of the most common symptoms include: stomach pains, nausea, diarrhea, and a slight fever. Sometimes, vertigo and hives may accompany these common symptoms and typically last for a few days.

Cooking for Guests?

While tempting, it is best not to prepare food in advance, because this will give germs a better chance at developing. Instead, start preparing food the day of the event. If you feel stressed or do not have enough time for preparation, call a commercial caterer. These services will have the proper equipment to handle such events.

Taking Precautions

It would be best to avoid raw meat and chicken, since these items can cause food poisoning. In order to best protect yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Do not keep raw food and cooked food together. Raw meat can easily contaminate cooked foods, even in the refrigerator!
  2. Always use different utensils when preparing raw and cooked foods. Germs can spread on utensils.
  3. Wash your hands with warm water and soap after touching raw food.
  4. All meat should be thoroughly thawed before it is cooked. Chicken should be cooked until the juices are clear--not red!
  5. If you do not finish your food, cool it quickly by putting it in the fridge as soon as possible. By following this method, germs will not be able to grow.

How to Handle Sickness

If you have been diagnosed with food poisoning, always follow a doctor's orders. In general, you must stay home from work or school for at least 48 hours. If your line of work involves handling food or contact with people, you are legally obligated to inform your employer of your diagnosis. If you believe you have caught your sickness from a restaurant, you may be obligated to call the sanitation services in your city.

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

Parkland Zoo Tours

Have you ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes at the Parkland Zoo? Perhaps you have always wanted to watch zookeepers feed the animals, or listen to our expert zoologists explain their experiences in the wild! Well, now you can! Parkland Zoo is hosting a “Parkland Tour Experience” for the first time ever. Read on for more information!

Tour Information

  1. These exclusive tours will take place each weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) during the month of August 2019.
  2. Tours for children under 13 years old and parents are reserved during the mornings until 12:00 PM*. Since the afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition, children (under 13 years old) are not permitted to be in attendance.
  3. All tours will have a maximum of 15 people, and will be fully escorted by an experienced zookeeper.
  4. Morning tours will last approximately 75 minutes. Afternoon tours will last approximately two hours.
  5. *Note: Adult groups can also attend the morning tours, but must be aware that the Safari Ride Exhibition is not included. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 5 years old.

Pricing

  1. Adults: $65.00
  2. Children (under 13 years old): $35.00
  3. University Students and Senior Citizens: $40.00

Key Details

  1. It would be best to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes for this tour due to the uneven terrain of some zoo areas.
  2. Photos are not permitted, but a designated photographer from the Parkland Zoo will take photos of your tour, which will be available for purchase at the end of the tour.
  3. The Parkland Zoo will also be open for regular guests who are not part of the tour, meaning that parking may be limited.
  4. Please arrive at least 15 minute prior to your tour start time in order to be available for your tour. Due to time constraints, you will not be able to join the tour if you are more than 10 minutes late.
  5. Tours will take place rain or shine!
1. precautions - The statement, “Almost everyone will experience food poisoning at one point in their lifetime, but not everyone is aware of proper precautions to avoid the illness.” proves this to be correct.
 
2. ingesting - The statement, “Food poisoning is an ailment that usually occurs after ingesting contaminated products…” proves this to be correct.
3. raw food - The statement, “Do not keep raw food and cooked food together. Raw meat can easily contaminate cooked foods, even in the refrigerator!” proves this to be correct.
4. thawed - The statement, “All meat should be thoroughly thawed before it is cooked.” proves this to be correct.
5. in advance - The statement, “While tempting, it is best not to prepare food in advance, because this will give germs a better chance at developing.” proves this to be correct.
6. diagnosed - The statement, “If you have been diagnosed with food poisoning, always follow a doctor's orders.” proves this to be correct.
7. sanitation services - The statement, “If you believe you have caught your sickness from a restaurant, you may be obligated to call the sanitation services in your city.” proves this to be correct.
8. TRUE - Based on the sentence, “These exclusive tours will take place each weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) during the month of August 2019.”, this is TRUE.
9. FALSE - Based on the sentence, “Adult groups can also attend the morning tours, but must be aware that the Safari Ride Exhibition is not included.”, this option is FALSE. Adults do not have to have a child present in order to attend the morning tours.
10. FALSE - The sentence, “Since the afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition, children (under 13 years old) are not permitted to be in attendance.” proves that children cannot attend the afternoon tours, even with a parent or adult.        
11. NOT GIVEN - The passage states, "The afternoon tours involve a Safari Ride Exhibition" and "Afternoon tours will last approximately two hours", so we know for sure that the exhibition is part of the afternoon tours. However, the passage does not state how long the Safari Ride Exhibition is going to last.
12. FALSE - The statement, “It would be best to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes for this tour due to the uneven terrain of some zoo areas.” advises participants to wear flat-soled, enclosed shoes. The text does not state that participants must wear tennis shoes or sneakers. Therefore, this is FALSE.
13. TRUE - The statement, “...a designated photographer from the Parkland Zoo will take photos of your tour, which will be available for purchase at the end of the tour.” proves this to be TRUE.
14. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
 
 
IELTS General Reading Tips for Success
These are general tips that will appear on all reading questions.

Tips to improve your reading speed
To get a high score on the IELTS reading section, you need to have a fast reading speed. To have a fast reading speed, you need to improve your vocabulary and practice dissecting sentences. One strategy to dissect a sentence is to look for the subject and verb of the sentence. Finding the subject and verb will help you better understand the main idea of said sentence. Keep in mind, a common feature of a IELTS reading passage is to join strings of ideas to form long compound sentences. This produces large chunks that students have a hard time absorbing. Do not get overwhelmed by its length, just look for the subject and verb, the rest of the ideas will flow.

Keep in mind, having a slow reading speed makes skimming or scanning a reading passage more difficult. The process of quickly skimming through a reading passage for specific keywords or main ideas is a requirement for you to employ successful reading strategies to improve your IELTS reading score. In other words, skimming and scanning are critical skills to ensure you complete all questions in the allotted time frame.
IELTS Reading Strategies
Once you can read and comprehend a passage with a rate of, at least, 220 words per minute, you'll be ready to start implementing our strategies. All too often, students spend too much time reading the passages and not enough time answering the questions. Here is a step by step guide for tackling the reading section.

  1. Step 1: Read questions first

    One of the most common mistakes that candidates make when approaching the reading exam is reading every single word of the passages. Although you can practice for the exam by reading for pleasure, "reading blindly" (reading without any sense of what the questions will ask) will not do you any favors in the exam. Instead, it will hurt your chances for effectively managing your time and getting the best score.

    The main reason to read the questions first is because the type of question may determine what you read in the passage or how you read it. For example, some question types will call for the "skimming" technique, while others may call for the "scanning" technique.

    It is important to answer a set of questions that are of the same question type. You'll need to determine which question type you want to tackle first. A good strategy would be to start with the easier question type and move on to more difficult question types later. The Easiest question types are the ones where you spend less time reading. For example, the Matching Heading question type is an easier one because you only need to find the heading that best describes the main idea of a paragraph. An example of a difficult question type would be Identifying Information. For this question type, you'll need to read each paragraph to find out if each statement is TRUE, FALSE, or NOT GIVEN according to the passage.

    Here is a table that lists the difficulty levels for each question type. Use this table as a reference when choosing which question type you want to tackle first.

    Difficulty level Question Type
    Easy Sentence Completion
    Short answer
    Medium Matching Features
    Multiple choice
    Matching Headings
    Summary, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
    Difficult Matching Sentence Endings
    Matching Information
    Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
    Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)

  2. Step 2: Read for an objective

    After you've read the questions for the passage, you will be able to read for an objective. What does this mean? For example, if you come across a question that includes the year "1896", you can make a note of when this year comes up in the text, using it to answer the question later on. There are two reading techniques that will help you stay on track with reading for an objective. The first one, skimming, is best defined as reading fast in order to get the "gist", or general idea, or a passage. With this technique, you are not stopping for any unfamiliar words or looking for specific details. The second technique, scanning, is best defined as reading for specific information. With this technique, you are not reading for the overall gist, but rather, specific information. Notice how each of these techniques has a specific objective in mind. This will help you find information more quickly.

  3. Step 3: Take notes

    As you're reading for an objective, you should also be making notes on the margins of the passage, placing stars next to key information, or underlining things that you believe will help you answer the various questions. This will make it easier for you to check back when you are asked certain things in the questions. Choose whichever note-taking system is right for you - just make sure you do it!

  4. Step 4: Answer wisely

    After you've read the questions, read the passage, and have taken any appropriate notes, you you should have located the part of the text where you where you need to read carefully. Then just read carefully and think critically to determine the correct answer.

 
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