IELTS® General Reading Practice 16

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Read the text below and answer the questions 1-7.

Volunteering With “Open Doors”

A. Open Doors is a leading non-profit agency in Houston, Texas, devoted to helping those in need. Our primary responsibility is to give food, assistance, and a potential place to sleep to those who do not have shelter. We also have a Career Services office, where unemployed people can receive assistance regarding finding a job. Although we have five full-time staff members, most of our staff is comprised of generous volunteers who are ready to devote their time to our cause.

B. Volunteers are not paid for their contributions to our organisation, but they are highly appreciated! People choose to volunteer with Open Doors for a variety of reasons, ranging from giving back to their community to helping homeless people find jobs and get back on their feet. Many recently retired community members are volunteers as well. 

C. Our volunteers all come from diverse backgrounds and typically range in age between 20-80. However, we recently started an after-school program with local high schools, enabling young adults to bring their unique skill sets to our cause as well. We recognize that everyone has something to value and we truly appreciate that!

D. We have a variety of roles in the Open Doors program. Our most popular role involves going out into the community on Thursday evenings and distributing sandwiches, hot tea, or water to homeless people outside. These groups typically depart from our offices in the evening, after having a team meeting to prepare for the walk-through. Another popular option includes working in the Career Center, which entails calling local factories, offices, and shops to scout for open positions. Then, our volunteers help prepare those who wish to interview for these positions. 

E. Please be advised that voluntary positions never involve the handling of money or undertaking core business. These issues are left up to our full-time staff until further notice. Since most of our services are free of charge, though, volunteers truly have a hand at interacting as much as possible with our staff, other volunteers, and the community. 

F. Most volunteers decide to commit to a weekly or bi-weekly shift, but this is flexible. A shift can be between three and seven hours long. Our only guidelines entail that volunteers commit to at least 24 hours per year, or an average of two hours per month. At this time, we cannot accommodate volunteers who wish to volunteer more than 64 hours per month.

G. Our organization has an extensive professional development program that we hope our volunteers feel comfortable taking part in. Part of our volunteer agreement with the city of Houston is that development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis to help support our volunteers!

Read the information below and answer Questions 8-14

Harshnar's Crafts eSpecials - Free Shipping Extended! 

Each year, we are pleased to present our bestselling Autumn Craft Boutique sale to the online community. Read below regarding the various crafts and sales that we have to offer! Please email us at sales@harshnars.eu for any questions you may have. 

Our Favourite Things About Autumn:

Don't you just love the crisp air of Autumn, wearing wool scarves, and splashing in puddles? We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family! Stock up now to beat the holiday rush for seasonal gifts. 

Crafts Galore:

When the weather gets colder, it is always nice to have a craft project on hand to work on. Similar to years past, we have discounted latch hook, needlepoint, and cross stitch projects starting at $24.99! These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store. Call our store at 833-222-4953 for more information on how to purchase these.

Garden Essentials:

Our last sale item includes garden tools for planting fall vegetables such as squash and pumpkins. These will be perfect for making sure your garden is up-to-date with the fall weather! For a special time only, we are offering discounted garden party sets, starting at $75.00. These sets include wooden tables, plastic chairs, and flannel tablecloths. Shipping for these garden party sets are 15% of the total price.

FREE SHIPPING on your order over $75.00! Enter Code FALL FREE18 at Check-Out to save now! Hurry, though, because these promotions and deals only last until October 18th! 

1. FALSE - The statement, “Volunteers are not paid for their contributions to our organisation, but they are highly appreciated!” shows that not any of the volunteers can be paid for services.
2. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
3. TRUE - The statement,Our most popular role involves going out into the community on Thursday evenings and distributing sandwiches, hot tea, or water to homeless people outside.” shows that this is correct.
4. TRUE - The statement,Please be advised that voluntary positions never involve the handling of money or undertaking core business.” shows that this is true.
5. FALSE - The statement, “Since most of our services are free of charge, though, volunteers truly have a hand at interacting as much as possible with our staff, other volunteers, and the community.” shows that this is false, since only 'most' of the programs are free, not all.
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
7. FALSE - The statement, “Part of our volunteer agreement with the city of Houston is that development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis to help support our volunteers!” shows that this is false, as all volunteers are encouraged to attend.
8. autumn craft boutique - The statement, “Each year, we are pleased to present our bestselling Autumn Craft Boutique sale to the online community.” shows that this is the correct answer.
9. scarves - The sentences,We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family!” show that this is correct.
10. wool - The sentences,We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family!” show that this is correct.
11. beginner - The sentences, “These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store.” show that this is correct.
12. Guided Craft Sets - The sentences, “These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store.” show that this is correct.
13. up-to-date - The sentence, “These will be perfect for making sure your garden is up-to-date with the Fall weather!” proves this to be correct.
14. 15, fifteen - The sentence, “Shipping for these garden party sets are 15% of the total price.” proves this to be correct.
 



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
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? In boxes 1-7 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.

1. Volunteers can be paid for their time, depending on the service they partake in.

2. Volunteers are encouraged to apply for full-time work with the organization if they are interested in its mission.

3. One facet of the Open Doors mission is distributing food to those in need.

4. Volunteers do not handle money on behalf of Open Doors as part of their positions in the community.

5. All of Open Doors services are free of charge.

6. Volunteers can speak with managers of Open Doors to create a flexible schedule.

7. Not all volunteers can take part in the professional development program offered by Open Doors.

Questions 8-14
Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in 8-14 on your answer sheet.

The very popular sale is presented by Harshnar's Crafts each year. Prices are reduced for , made from  fabric, which are perfect for the whole family. Starting at just under $25.00, shoppers can choose from various discounted projects. However, those at the stages are encouraged to start with , located at Harshnar's Crafts physical locations. Keep your garden  with Autumn and the cool weather it brings, by purchasing garden party sets! Please be aware that shipping for these sets is an extra percent.






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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Volunteering With “Open Doors” / Harshnar's Crafts eSpecials


Read the text below and answer the questions 1-7.

Volunteering With “Open Doors”

A. Open Doors is a leading non-profit agency in Houston, Texas, devoted to helping those in need. Our primary responsibility is to give food, assistance, and a potential place to sleep to those who do not have shelter. We also have a Career Services office, where unemployed people can receive assistance regarding finding a job. Although we have five full-time staff members, most of our staff is comprised of generous volunteers who are ready to devote their time to our cause.

B. Volunteers are not paid for their contributions to our organisation, but they are highly appreciated! People choose to volunteer with Open Doors for a variety of reasons, ranging from giving back to their community to helping homeless people find jobs and get back on their feet. Many recently retired community members are volunteers as well. 

C. Our volunteers all come from diverse backgrounds and typically range in age between 20-80. However, we recently started an after-school program with local high schools, enabling young adults to bring their unique skill sets to our cause as well. We recognize that everyone has something to value and we truly appreciate that!

D. We have a variety of roles in the Open Doors program. Our most popular role involves going out into the community on Thursday evenings and distributing sandwiches, hot tea, or water to homeless people outside. These groups typically depart from our offices in the evening, after having a team meeting to prepare for the walk-through. Another popular option includes working in the Career Center, which entails calling local factories, offices, and shops to scout for open positions. Then, our volunteers help prepare those who wish to interview for these positions. 

E. Please be advised that voluntary positions never involve the handling of money or undertaking core business. These issues are left up to our full-time staff until further notice. Since most of our services are free of charge, though, volunteers truly have a hand at interacting as much as possible with our staff, other volunteers, and the community. 

F. Most volunteers decide to commit to a weekly or bi-weekly shift, but this is flexible. A shift can be between three and seven hours long. Our only guidelines entail that volunteers commit to at least 24 hours per year, or an average of two hours per month. At this time, we cannot accommodate volunteers who wish to volunteer more than 64 hours per month.

G. Our organization has an extensive professional development program that we hope our volunteers feel comfortable taking part in. Part of our volunteer agreement with the city of Houston is that development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis to help support our volunteers!

Read the information below and answer Questions 8-14

Harshnar's Crafts eSpecials - Free Shipping Extended! 

Each year, we are pleased to present our bestselling Autumn Craft Boutique sale to the online community. Read below regarding the various crafts and sales that we have to offer! Please email us at sales@harshnars.eu for any questions you may have. 

Our Favourite Things About Autumn:

Don't you just love the crisp air of Autumn, wearing wool scarves, and splashing in puddles? We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family! Stock up now to beat the holiday rush for seasonal gifts. 

Crafts Galore:

When the weather gets colder, it is always nice to have a craft project on hand to work on. Similar to years past, we have discounted latch hook, needlepoint, and cross stitch projects starting at $24.99! These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store. Call our store at 833-222-4953 for more information on how to purchase these.

Garden Essentials:

Our last sale item includes garden tools for planting fall vegetables such as squash and pumpkins. These will be perfect for making sure your garden is up-to-date with the fall weather! For a special time only, we are offering discounted garden party sets, starting at $75.00. These sets include wooden tables, plastic chairs, and flannel tablecloths. Shipping for these garden party sets are 15% of the total price.

FREE SHIPPING on your order over $75.00! Enter Code FALL FREE18 at Check-Out to save now! Hurry, though, because these promotions and deals only last until October 18th! 

1. FALSE - The statement, “Volunteers are not paid for their contributions to our organisation, but they are highly appreciated!” shows that not any of the volunteers can be paid for services.
2. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
3. TRUE - The statement,Our most popular role involves going out into the community on Thursday evenings and distributing sandwiches, hot tea, or water to homeless people outside.” shows that this is correct.
4. TRUE - The statement,Please be advised that voluntary positions never involve the handling of money or undertaking core business.” shows that this is true.
5. FALSE - The statement, “Since most of our services are free of charge, though, volunteers truly have a hand at interacting as much as possible with our staff, other volunteers, and the community.” shows that this is false, since only 'most' of the programs are free, not all.
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the passage.
7. FALSE - The statement, “Part of our volunteer agreement with the city of Houston is that development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis to help support our volunteers!” shows that this is false, as all volunteers are encouraged to attend.
8. autumn craft boutique - The statement, “Each year, we are pleased to present our bestselling Autumn Craft Boutique sale to the online community.” shows that this is the correct answer.
9. scarves - The sentences,We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family!” show that this is correct.
10. wool - The sentences,We are pleased to offer a collection of discounted wool scarves, starting at $39.99. Our collections are unisex, meaning that all of our scarves made from wool would be perfect gifts for anyone in your family!” show that this is correct.
11. beginner - The sentences, “These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store.” show that this is correct.
12. Guided Craft Sets - The sentences, “These gifts are perfect for all ages, although we do not suggest that beginner levels start with these discounted projects. Instead, try out our “Guided Craft Sets”, located in-store.” show that this is correct.
13. up-to-date - The sentence, “These will be perfect for making sure your garden is up-to-date with the Fall weather!” proves this to be correct.
14. 15, fifteen - The sentence, “Shipping for these garden party sets are 15% of the total price.” proves this to be correct.
 
 
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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