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Read the event descriptions below and answer Questions 1-7.

Benway History Center October Events

A.                                            

An Evening with Lan Xiao

On October 5th, author Lan Xiao will be at the Benway History Center to discuss the lasting effects of the Vietnam War on the Vietnamese people during our final installment of the “Vietnam War Historical Series”.

A professor of International Economics and Strategic Law at Loyola University, Xiao is the author of the novels "Wayward Streets" and "The Storm and the Flower”. Following her presentation, Xiao will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.

Guests are asked to confirm their presence ahead of time, and to submit any questions they would like answered by the author by September 3rd. Tickets are $10 per person.

B.

Insider Tour of Meadowlane Shelter

On October 7th, enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of the Meadlowlane Shelter, a National Historic Landmark just an hour’s drive from the Benway History Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

William M. Stanford, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archaeological excavation of the shelter in 1989, will present a lecture and lead a special tour of the site. Registration is $30 for general admission and $15 for Benway History Center members.


C.                                                    

On October 12th, the Benway History Center will host an evening reception and lecture celebrating the launch of "Workers on Demand: Labor in the Making of America" by esteemed professor Marybeth Totten.

Totten is a Professor of History and Social Justice at the University of Ohio and the Director and Founder of the Center for Urban Studies.

She will explore the vast contributions of the working class to the making of America, tracing immigrant workers' complicated journey from the transatlantic to the postindustrial order.

This program is free, open to the public, and will be held at the museum. Online registration is encouraged, but guests can also call our office to reserve a spot.


D. 

On October 18th, join the Benway History Center at our outdoor gazebo space for an evening featuring author and Vietnam War veteran Ronald Witmore.

Known for his work, "The Vietnam I know," Witmore’s writing is best known for its fictional portrayals of the Vietnam War, which were influenced by his own service in the U.S. Army.

Following the program, Witmore will sign copies of his books.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for war veterans, active duty service members and students (please note that identification will be required at check-in to receive the discounted rate). You cannot purchase tickets online.

A limited number of tickets to a VIP reception are available for $50 per person. VIP reception attendees will get the chance to meet Ronald Witmore before the evening's program and will receive a free, signed copy of his most recent book. The VIP reception is generously sponsored by the Ohio University Writing Department.

E.

Kids' Spot!

On Wednesday, October 31st, children ages 2-6 and their parents and guardians are invited to join us for a fun exploration of the past during our Historical Story Time, held in the museum.

This month, we're celebrating Amelia Earhart and her lofty flight goals. Parents and guardians must pay regular museum admission, which will grant access to the entire museum for the day.

Space is limited! Registration is currently only available online, so reserve your spot today!

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.
 

STUDENT HOUSING INFORMATION

Welcome to campus, first-year students! The following flyer will provide you with helpful tips and information when moving into campus for the first time. Should you have any questions during the move-in process, reach out to a Resident Advisor in your dormitory for your concerns.

While most first-year students prefer to move in with a parent or guardian, rest assured that we will have upperclassmen ready to assist you when moving into the dormitories. Please try to arrive on Saturday, September 26th before 9:00 AM. This will give our staff a chance to devote all necessary time to helping you move in! We will have a celebratory lunch for all new students and parents at 12:00 PM.

It can take students some time to get used to their new surroundings. In general, we find it best if students make the most of their room by keeping them neat and clean. By doing so, you will have a nice environment in which to study. Please be aware, however, that microwaves are not permitted inside the dormitory bedrooms. The Common Room Lounges are excellent places to meet your fellow classmates or relax. Lastly, be sure to pick up your meal cards from the Student Life office. Without these cards, you will not be able to take part in the Welcome Dinner on Sunday evening.

As always, reach out to your Resident Advisor for any additional questions or concerns. And again, welcome to campus! 

1. E - The statement,Registration is currently only available online, so reserve your spot today!” proves this to be correct.
2. B - The statement,...enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of the Meadlowlane Shelter, a National Historic Landmark just an hour’s drive from the Benway History Center in Cleveland, Ohio.” proves this to be correct.
3. A - The statement, “Following her presentation, Cao will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.” proves this to be correct.
4. B - The statement, Registration is $30 for general admission and $15 for Benway History Center members.” proves this to be correct.
5. C - The statement,This program is free, open to the public, and will be held at the museum.” proves this to be correct.
6. D - The statement, “Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for war veterans, active duty service members and students” proves this to be correct.
7. E - The statement,Parents and guardians must pay regular museum admission, which will grant access to the entire museum for the day.” proves this to be correct.
8. first-year students - The statement, Welcome to campus, first-year students!” proves this to be correct.
9. (the) resident advisor - The statement,Should you have any questions during the move-in process, reach out to a Resident Advisor in your dormitory for your concerns.” proves this to be correct.
10. upperclassmen - The statement,While most first-year students prefer to move in with a parent or guardian, rest assured that we will have upperclassmen ready to assist you when moving into the dormitories.” proves this to be correct
11. 9:00 AM, nine o’clock (AM) - The statement,Please try to arrive on Saturday, September 26th before 9:00 AM.” proves this to be correct.
12. (a) microwave - The statement, Please be aware, however, that microwaves are not permitted inside the dormitory bedrooms.”, proves this to be correct. 
13. Common Room Lounge(s) - The statement, The Common Room Lounges are excellent places to meet your fellow classmates or relax.” proves this to be correct.
14. Student Life Office - The statement, “Lastly, be sure to pick up your meal cards from the Student Life office” 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

Read the job advertisements, A-E.

Which advertisement corresponds to the following information?

Write the correct letter(s), A-E, in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. Which event can only be reserved online?

2. Which event is not located at the museum premises?

3. Which event will feature items for purchase?

4. Which event offers a discount for museum members?

5. Which event does not require a paid ticket?

6. Which event offers a discount, regardless of museum membership?

7. Which event provides access to the museum, which included in the ticket?

Questions 8-14
Complete the short answers below.

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

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

8. For which type of student is the flyer written?

9. Who should students go to for questions while moving in to the dormitories?

10. Who will be available to help students move into the dormitories?

11. Before what time should students plan to arrive on campus?

12. Which item is not permitted in dormitory bedrooms?

13. Where can students congregate in order to get to know each other?

14. Where can students pick up their meal cards?






Answer Sheet
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Read the event descriptions below and answer Questions 1-7.

Benway History Center October Events

A.                                            

An Evening with Lan Xiao

On October 5th, author Lan Xiao will be at the Benway History Center to discuss the lasting effects of the Vietnam War on the Vietnamese people during our final installment of the “Vietnam War Historical Series”.

A professor of International Economics and Strategic Law at Loyola University, Xiao is the author of the novels "Wayward Streets" and "The Storm and the Flower”. Following her presentation, Xiao will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.

Guests are asked to confirm their presence ahead of time, and to submit any questions they would like answered by the author by September 3rd. Tickets are $10 per person.

B.

Insider Tour of Meadowlane Shelter

On October 7th, enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of the Meadlowlane Shelter, a National Historic Landmark just an hour’s drive from the Benway History Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

William M. Stanford, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archaeological excavation of the shelter in 1989, will present a lecture and lead a special tour of the site. Registration is $30 for general admission and $15 for Benway History Center members.


C.                                                    

On October 12th, the Benway History Center will host an evening reception and lecture celebrating the launch of "Workers on Demand: Labor in the Making of America" by esteemed professor Marybeth Totten.

Totten is a Professor of History and Social Justice at the University of Ohio and the Director and Founder of the Center for Urban Studies.

She will explore the vast contributions of the working class to the making of America, tracing immigrant workers' complicated journey from the transatlantic to the postindustrial order.

This program is free, open to the public, and will be held at the museum. Online registration is encouraged, but guests can also call our office to reserve a spot.


D. 

On October 18th, join the Benway History Center at our outdoor gazebo space for an evening featuring author and Vietnam War veteran Ronald Witmore.

Known for his work, "The Vietnam I know," Witmore’s writing is best known for its fictional portrayals of the Vietnam War, which were influenced by his own service in the U.S. Army.

Following the program, Witmore will sign copies of his books.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for war veterans, active duty service members and students (please note that identification will be required at check-in to receive the discounted rate). You cannot purchase tickets online.

A limited number of tickets to a VIP reception are available for $50 per person. VIP reception attendees will get the chance to meet Ronald Witmore before the evening's program and will receive a free, signed copy of his most recent book. The VIP reception is generously sponsored by the Ohio University Writing Department.

E.

Kids' Spot!

On Wednesday, October 31st, children ages 2-6 and their parents and guardians are invited to join us for a fun exploration of the past during our Historical Story Time, held in the museum.

This month, we're celebrating Amelia Earhart and her lofty flight goals. Parents and guardians must pay regular museum admission, which will grant access to the entire museum for the day.

Space is limited! Registration is currently only available online, so reserve your spot today!

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.
 

STUDENT HOUSING INFORMATION

Welcome to campus, first-year students! The following flyer will provide you with helpful tips and information when moving into campus for the first time. Should you have any questions during the move-in process, reach out to a Resident Advisor in your dormitory for your concerns.

While most first-year students prefer to move in with a parent or guardian, rest assured that we will have upperclassmen ready to assist you when moving into the dormitories. Please try to arrive on Saturday, September 26th before 9:00 AM. This will give our staff a chance to devote all necessary time to helping you move in! We will have a celebratory lunch for all new students and parents at 12:00 PM.

It can take students some time to get used to their new surroundings. In general, we find it best if students make the most of their room by keeping them neat and clean. By doing so, you will have a nice environment in which to study. Please be aware, however, that microwaves are not permitted inside the dormitory bedrooms. The Common Room Lounges are excellent places to meet your fellow classmates or relax. Lastly, be sure to pick up your meal cards from the Student Life office. Without these cards, you will not be able to take part in the Welcome Dinner on Sunday evening.

As always, reach out to your Resident Advisor for any additional questions or concerns. And again, welcome to campus! 

1. E - The statement,Registration is currently only available online, so reserve your spot today!” proves this to be correct.
2. B - The statement,...enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of the Meadlowlane Shelter, a National Historic Landmark just an hour’s drive from the Benway History Center in Cleveland, Ohio.” proves this to be correct.
3. A - The statement, “Following her presentation, Cao will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.” proves this to be correct.
4. B - The statement, Registration is $30 for general admission and $15 for Benway History Center members.” proves this to be correct.
5. C - The statement,This program is free, open to the public, and will be held at the museum.” proves this to be correct.
6. D - The statement, “Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for war veterans, active duty service members and students” proves this to be correct.
7. E - The statement,Parents and guardians must pay regular museum admission, which will grant access to the entire museum for the day.” proves this to be correct.
8. first-year students - The statement, Welcome to campus, first-year students!” proves this to be correct.
9. (the) resident advisor - The statement,Should you have any questions during the move-in process, reach out to a Resident Advisor in your dormitory for your concerns.” proves this to be correct.
10. upperclassmen - The statement,While most first-year students prefer to move in with a parent or guardian, rest assured that we will have upperclassmen ready to assist you when moving into the dormitories.” proves this to be correct
11. 9:00 AM, nine o’clock (AM) - The statement,Please try to arrive on Saturday, September 26th before 9:00 AM.” proves this to be correct.
12. (a) microwave - The statement, Please be aware, however, that microwaves are not permitted inside the dormitory bedrooms.”, proves this to be correct. 
13. Common Room Lounge(s) - The statement, The Common Room Lounges are excellent places to meet your fellow classmates or relax.” proves this to be correct.
14. Student Life Office - The statement, “Lastly, be sure to pick up your meal cards from the Student Life office” 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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