IELTS® General Reading Practice 22

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Southwest Solar Energy Tour

The time has come for Southwest Solar Energy Company to sponsor our annual weekend-long solar building tour! Read below for more information on our special weekend. Reservations can be made by calling our headquarters at 1-800-2849.
 

Date and Time

Our special event will start on the morning of Saturday, March 27th and finish during the afternoon of Sunday, March 28th. Guests must stay for both days in order to experience the full effects of the solar energy weekend. The entire weekend stays at the Peterson Pavillion is included in the ticket price.

Special Guests and Features

For those of you who are part of the Southwest Guests Club, you will receive 15% off of your ticket price and are free to bring one guest at no extra charge. For the pricing of all other guests, please read our "Costs and Tickets" section.

Dr. Brandart from the University of Wisconsin will be in attendance and will be speaking on behalf of the Solar Energy Council on Saturday evening. Participating during this talk is free, and will be followed by a group discussion and interactive Question and Answer session with Dr. Brandart himself!

Featured during the weekend will be a tour of Mayberry Hill, a 50-unit development with 25 built-in apartments, heated solely with solar paneling. This development features award-winning designs by Dr. Phillip Peterson, who built the structures in 2016. 

What To Expect

Guests are advised to dress warmly for the weekend since most activities will take place outdoors.

Guests should also plan on bringing any questions or ideas with them to the event, as there will be a plethora of workshops and opportunities for discussion.

Costs and Tickets

Costs for members of the Southwest Guests Club is $500 for the entire weekend stay. Those who are not guests will pay the regular ticket price, which is $575.

Tickets will be e-mailed after receipt of payment. Guests are advised to bring their tickets with them (either printed or electronically) in order to be allowed entrance into the Peterson Pavillion.

Read the text below and answer questions 8-14.

TELEVISION DELIVERY INFORMATION

Thank you for ordering a premier television from Homeland Automation Services! We are delighted that you have purchased one of our many best-selling items, the 37” MaxiLife Television with surround sound and High-Definition quality! We are sending you this email with more information on your recent purchase. However, please be aware that you can find the exact information from this email included in your package, once it arrives.

Delivery

Delivery by September 10, 2019 is guaranteed for televisions that are equal to or greater than 37” and have been purchased at our headquarters in Tacoma, Washington. If a similarly sized television has been purchased at one of our franchise locations, we cannot guarantee the same delivery date. Please contact our warehouse for more details at 393-229-4928.

If Homeland Automation Services does not deliver prior to 2 p.m. CST on September 10, 2019, you are entitled to a $100 Homeland Automation Services Gift Card. You will be ineligible if you are not present with the delivery arrives, or if delivery cannot be completed due to weather conditions. In the case of inclement weather, we will contact you to rearrange the delivery time.

Delivery is not included in the cost of online and open-box purchases. If you are interested in adding on this service for $50.00, please contact our Customer Specialist Team, available 24/7 via online chat. Otherwise, you can call our headquarters at 393-229-4928 at any time.

Home Theatre Setup

To engage in this service free of charge, it must have been purchased prior to or on the date of the purchase of the television. This service includes any type of custom installation, including wall-penetrating work, at no additional charge.

It is not imperative that the home theatre setup is done during the same day of delivery, but it must be completed within a week of delivery. Unfortunately, if customers cannot accommodate this schedule, we cannot guarantee service.

1. B - The text states that “Guests must stay for both days in order to experience the full effects of the solar energy weekend.”, making this the correct option.
2. C  - The text states that “Reservations can be made by calling our headquarters at 1-800-2849.”, making this the correct option.
3. A - The text states that “For those of you who are part of the Southwest Guests Club, you will receive 15% off of your ticket price, and are free to bring one guest at no extra charge.”, making this the correct option.
4. D - The text states that “Dr. Brandart from the University of Wisconsin will be in attendance and will be speaking on behalf of the Solar Energy Council on Saturday evening. Participating during this talk is free, and will be followed by a group discussion and interactive Question and Answer session with Dr. Brandart himself!”, proving that D is the only option not listed. 
5. B - Since apparel is a synonym for clothing, the correct option is B. This is in the text with the statements, “Guests should also plan on bringing any questions or ideas with them to the event, as there will be a plethora of workshops and opportunities for discussion.”
6. C - The text states that “Tickets will be e-mailed after receipt of payment.”, making this the correct option.
7. A - The text states that “Guests are advised to bring their tickets with them (either printed or electronically)”, making this the correct option.
8. NOT GIVEN - The statement, “We are delighted that you have purchased one of our many best-selling items, the 37” MaxiLife Television with surround sound and High-Definition quality!” implies that there are many best-selling items., but we cannot tell that if "37 MaxiLife Television" is the most popular item. 
9. TRUE - The statements, “We are sending you this email with more information on your recent purchase. However, please be aware that you can find the exact information from this email included in your package, once it arrives.” prove that this is true.
10. NOT GIVEN  - This is not included in the passage. The statement, “ Delivery by September 10, 2019 is guaranteed for televisions that are equal to or greater than 37” and have been purchased at our headquarters in Tacoma, Washington.” does not necessarily prove this as true or false.
11. TRUE - The statement, “ If a similarly sized television has been purchased at one of our franchise locations, we cannot guarantee the same delivery date. Please contact our warehouse for more details at 393-229-4928.” shows that this is true. 
12. FALSE - The statements, “Delivery is not included in the cost of online and open-box purchases. If you are interested in adding on this service for $50.00, please contact our Customer Specialist Team” show that this is false.  
13. FALSE - The statements, “...please contact our Customer Specialist Team, available 24/7 via online chat. Otherwise, you can call our headquarters at 393-229-4928 at any time.” shows that this is false, as they are also available via telephone.  
14. NOT GIVEN - This is not necessarily stated 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
Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

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

1. Which of the following are true in regards to the scheduling?

2. How can reservations be made?

3. Which of the following is a perk of Southwest Guests Club members?

4. Which of the following is not true regarding the speech given by Dr. Brandart?

5. In addition to apparel suggestions, what else are guests advised to do?

6. How will guests receive confirmation of their order?

7. How can guests present their tickets?

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. The MaxiLife Television is the most popular item sold at Homeland Automation Services.

9. Customers can read the information on the flyer via email and hard copy, when they purchase the 37” MaxiLife Television.

10. Televisions smaller than 37” are not eligible for delivery.

11. The company warehouse will have further information regarding purchases made at franchise stores.

12. Customers who order online must pick up their products, as delivery is not an option.

13. The Customer Service Team is primarily available online.

14. Homeland Automation Services would prefer the home theatre set-up to take place on the same day of delivery.






Answer Sheet
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13
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16
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23
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25
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27
N/A
28
N/A
29
N/A
30
N/A
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32
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34
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35
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37
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38
N/A
39
N/A
40
N/A


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


Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Southwest Solar Energy Tour

The time has come for Southwest Solar Energy Company to sponsor our annual weekend-long solar building tour! Read below for more information on our special weekend. Reservations can be made by calling our headquarters at 1-800-2849.
 

Date and Time

Our special event will start on the morning of Saturday, March 27th and finish during the afternoon of Sunday, March 28th. Guests must stay for both days in order to experience the full effects of the solar energy weekend. The entire weekend stays at the Peterson Pavillion is included in the ticket price.

Special Guests and Features

For those of you who are part of the Southwest Guests Club, you will receive 15% off of your ticket price and are free to bring one guest at no extra charge. For the pricing of all other guests, please read our "Costs and Tickets" section.

Dr. Brandart from the University of Wisconsin will be in attendance and will be speaking on behalf of the Solar Energy Council on Saturday evening. Participating during this talk is free, and will be followed by a group discussion and interactive Question and Answer session with Dr. Brandart himself!

Featured during the weekend will be a tour of Mayberry Hill, a 50-unit development with 25 built-in apartments, heated solely with solar paneling. This development features award-winning designs by Dr. Phillip Peterson, who built the structures in 2016. 

What To Expect

Guests are advised to dress warmly for the weekend since most activities will take place outdoors.

Guests should also plan on bringing any questions or ideas with them to the event, as there will be a plethora of workshops and opportunities for discussion.

Costs and Tickets

Costs for members of the Southwest Guests Club is $500 for the entire weekend stay. Those who are not guests will pay the regular ticket price, which is $575.

Tickets will be e-mailed after receipt of payment. Guests are advised to bring their tickets with them (either printed or electronically) in order to be allowed entrance into the Peterson Pavillion.

Read the text below and answer questions 8-14.

TELEVISION DELIVERY INFORMATION

Thank you for ordering a premier television from Homeland Automation Services! We are delighted that you have purchased one of our many best-selling items, the 37” MaxiLife Television with surround sound and High-Definition quality! We are sending you this email with more information on your recent purchase. However, please be aware that you can find the exact information from this email included in your package, once it arrives.

Delivery

Delivery by September 10, 2019 is guaranteed for televisions that are equal to or greater than 37” and have been purchased at our headquarters in Tacoma, Washington. If a similarly sized television has been purchased at one of our franchise locations, we cannot guarantee the same delivery date. Please contact our warehouse for more details at 393-229-4928.

If Homeland Automation Services does not deliver prior to 2 p.m. CST on September 10, 2019, you are entitled to a $100 Homeland Automation Services Gift Card. You will be ineligible if you are not present with the delivery arrives, or if delivery cannot be completed due to weather conditions. In the case of inclement weather, we will contact you to rearrange the delivery time.

Delivery is not included in the cost of online and open-box purchases. If you are interested in adding on this service for $50.00, please contact our Customer Specialist Team, available 24/7 via online chat. Otherwise, you can call our headquarters at 393-229-4928 at any time.

Home Theatre Setup

To engage in this service free of charge, it must have been purchased prior to or on the date of the purchase of the television. This service includes any type of custom installation, including wall-penetrating work, at no additional charge.

It is not imperative that the home theatre setup is done during the same day of delivery, but it must be completed within a week of delivery. Unfortunately, if customers cannot accommodate this schedule, we cannot guarantee service.

1. B - The text states that “Guests must stay for both days in order to experience the full effects of the solar energy weekend.”, making this the correct option.
2. C  - The text states that “Reservations can be made by calling our headquarters at 1-800-2849.”, making this the correct option.
3. A - The text states that “For those of you who are part of the Southwest Guests Club, you will receive 15% off of your ticket price, and are free to bring one guest at no extra charge.”, making this the correct option.
4. D - The text states that “Dr. Brandart from the University of Wisconsin will be in attendance and will be speaking on behalf of the Solar Energy Council on Saturday evening. Participating during this talk is free, and will be followed by a group discussion and interactive Question and Answer session with Dr. Brandart himself!”, proving that D is the only option not listed. 
5. B - Since apparel is a synonym for clothing, the correct option is B. This is in the text with the statements, “Guests should also plan on bringing any questions or ideas with them to the event, as there will be a plethora of workshops and opportunities for discussion.”
6. C - The text states that “Tickets will be e-mailed after receipt of payment.”, making this the correct option.
7. A - The text states that “Guests are advised to bring their tickets with them (either printed or electronically)”, making this the correct option.
8. NOT GIVEN - The statement, “We are delighted that you have purchased one of our many best-selling items, the 37” MaxiLife Television with surround sound and High-Definition quality!” implies that there are many best-selling items., but we cannot tell that if "37 MaxiLife Television" is the most popular item. 
9. TRUE - The statements, “We are sending you this email with more information on your recent purchase. However, please be aware that you can find the exact information from this email included in your package, once it arrives.” prove that this is true.
10. NOT GIVEN  - This is not included in the passage. The statement, “ Delivery by September 10, 2019 is guaranteed for televisions that are equal to or greater than 37” and have been purchased at our headquarters in Tacoma, Washington.” does not necessarily prove this as true or false.
11. TRUE - The statement, “ If a similarly sized television has been purchased at one of our franchise locations, we cannot guarantee the same delivery date. Please contact our warehouse for more details at 393-229-4928.” shows that this is true. 
12. FALSE - The statements, “Delivery is not included in the cost of online and open-box purchases. If you are interested in adding on this service for $50.00, please contact our Customer Specialist Team” show that this is false.  
13. FALSE - The statements, “...please contact our Customer Specialist Team, available 24/7 via online chat. Otherwise, you can call our headquarters at 393-229-4928 at any time.” shows that this is false, as they are also available via telephone.  
14. NOT GIVEN - This is not necessarily stated 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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