IELTS® General Reading Practice 25

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-6.

A.                                            

Pub Personnel Wanted

Looking for an energetic and friendly person looking for weekend work! Experience not necessary if you are willing to learn. Current hours and needs would be for Saturday and Sunday evenings only.

Call us or drop by at the Moonlight Office in Sydney

Tel: 027 189 28371-- ask for Jamie Rollins

B.

Mayberry Hotel

We are looking to hire a part-time massage therapist for our Kensington offices!

At this time, we are only interviewing therapists with at least 3 years of experience in the hotel settings. Competitive benefits packages are included.

Tel: 929 200 8383 (Monday - Friday office hours)

C.                                                    

Secretaries Inquire Within

Holden Inc. is searching for an experienced Secretary or Office Manager who would be able to handle the day-to-day business of an accounting firm.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 5 PM / Friday 12 PM - 4 PM

Contact Michael Meyers at 724-933-5757 for more details.

D. 

JANITOR NEEDED

CURRENT POSITION REQUIRES CLEANING THE TWO-STORY BOARDING SCHOOL IN CRISWICK, UK.

Hours would be 5 AM - 7 AM each day for five months. Experience not required!

Please submit references and interest letters to Marigold Blythe: mblythe@loa.com

E.

Restaurant Managers: Experienced Enough?

Newmarket Restaurant are looking for an experienced restaurant manager looking to recruit and train a staff for this start-up venture.

Position includes full benefits and paid on-the-job training.

Official opening date set for early next year (in the next six months).

Call us at 282-294-1199 

F.

Child-Care Workers

From March until August, a nanny or child-care professional to look after Magda, 3 years old. Formal qualifications are not necessary, but will result in higher pay (Masters in Child Care or Education preferred). Applicants must not smoke and have access to a car.

Hours: 9:00 - 3:00 Wednesday - Friday

References required and will be notified and/or checked for accuracy.

Please call 399 288 2002 after 5 pm  

G.

LOOKING FOR A CHEF...

...for a new restaurant already up and running!

Good conditions and fair pay.

Hourly pay can be negotiated and is commensurate with experience.

Managerial experience is preferred by not required.

Contact Gus at 389 - 373 - 7733

Read the information below and answer questions 7-14.

BlueHound Bus Fares From Niagara Falls to Vancouver! 

Are you interested in traveling by train through the beautiful sights of Canada? If so, your search is over. Take a look at the several different options for you to choose from. If you have any questions, please contact us at 939-222-4947.

 

Ticket

Discounts*

Information

Standard One-Way

Not applicable unless traveler is a child, student, senior citizen, employee of BlueHound, part of a group, or tourist.

No refunds on Standard One-Way tickets

Standard Return

50% off of ticket price if return is used within 24 hours of the outgoing trip

No refunds on Same-Day returns

Children under 7

60% off of ticket price

 

Children under 13

50% off of ticket price

 

Students

25% off of ticket price

Students must be enrolled in a full-time university and show proof of Student Identification to the Ticket Controller

Senior Citizens

30% off of ticket price

 

Groups

For each group of 6, one ticket is free.

Minimum of 6 people is considered a group

Employees 

75% off of all ticket prices

Only for BlueHound Bus employees

Tourist

15%

Discount is applicable with Niagara Pass card only

*Discounts cannot be combined with promotional offers.

REFUNDS

Standard One-Way tickets are not subject to refunds, even in the case explained below. All other tickets may be refunded no later than 60 minutes before the departure of the bus at a charge of 50% of the original ticket price. The journey may be changed for another time without charge.

Travellers are eligible for a 100% refund if the arrival of the bus is delayed by more than 60 minutes (based on the original arrival time in the timetable), and the delay is caused by a bus malfunction. Both of these aspects must be met in order for a refund to be issued. This is not applicable for Standard One-Way tickets or Same-Day returns.

LIABILITIES & CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY

  1. All customers are responsible for verifying dates, times, and directions of the journey. BlueHound will not be held responsible for errors while purchasing or traveling on behalf of the customer. 
  2. Access to bus platforms will be granted once the ticket controller verifies the ticket and ticket holder. Customers must bring a hard copy of the ticket in order to be let on the bus. Electronic versions will not suffice. 
  3. Each traveller can carry up to one trolley and/or 1 personal item without paying an extra fee. Travellers can also check a bag up to 20 kg, at a charge of $10.00.
  4. Please contact the Bookings Department if you have a group of over 50 travellers wishing to travel on the same bus.
1. F - The statement, “From March until August, a nanny or child-care professional to look after Magda, 3 years old.”, shows that this position is for six months. This should not be confused with advertisement E, “Official opening date set for early next year (in the next six months)”, because “in the next six months” means that the position will be available in six months, not that the position lasts for six months.
2. D - The statement, “Hours would be 5 AM - 7 AM each day for five months.” shows that this is correct. Since the statement says “each day for five months”, this means that the employee will not have days off, not even weekends. The fact that it is “five months” shows that it is only for a period of time.
3. C - The statement, “...who would be able to handle the day-to-day business of an accounting firm.” makes this correct. “Handle” is a synonym for “manage”, whereas “day-to-day” is a synonym for “routine”. The fact that this is an accounting firm should draw your attention to the word “finance” in the question statement.
4. A - The statement, “Looking for an energetic and friendly person looking for weekend work! Experience not necessary if you are willing to learn.” makes this correct. “Eager” is synonymous with the phrases “energetic” and “willing to learn”. The fact that “experience not necessary” is included in the description would make this suitable for a “new entry to the job market”. This should not be confused with advertisement “D”. Even though advertisement D is open to “new entries to the job market”, it is not stated that the person must be “eager”.
5. E - The statement, “Newmarket Restaurant is looking for an experienced restaurant manager looking to recruit and train a staff for this start-up venture.” shows that this is the correct answer. The fact that “recruit and train a staff” is included shows that this person must have human resource skills. “Recruit and train” are examples of human resource skills.
6. B - The statement, “At this time, we are only interviewing therapists with at least 3 years of experience in the hotel settings.” makes this correct. “Board and lodging” and “hospitality” are clues that this person should have experience in “hotel settings”, since they are common phrases and references for this sector.
7. refunds - The statement, “Standard One-Way tickets are not subject to refunds, even in the case explained below.” proves that this is correct.
8. ticket controller  - The statement, “Students must be enrolled in a full-time university and show proof of Student Identification to the Ticket Controller” shows that this is correct.
9. employees - The statement, “Only for BlueHound Bus employees” paired with a 75% discount in the Discount column makes this correct.
10. Niagara Pass - The statement, “Discount is applicable with Niagara Pass card only” in the Tourist Column makes this correct.
11. promotional offers - The statement, “*Discounts cannot be combined with promotional offers.” makes this correct.
12. original - The statement, “All other tickets may be refunded no later than 60 minutes before the departure of the bus at a charge of 50% of the original ticket price.” makes this correct.
13. responsible - The statements, “All customers are responsible for verifying dates, times, and directions of the journey. BlueHound will not be held responsible for errors while purchasing or traveling on behalf of the customer.” prove this to be correct.

14. personal item - The statement, “Each traveller can carry up to one trolley and/or 1 personal item without paying an extra fee.” 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 1-6

Read the seven job advertisements, A-G.

Which advertisement would best suit the following person?
Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. a person looking for a position lasting six months

2. a person who is able to work without days off for a period of time

3. a person who can manage routine finances

4. an eager new entry to the job market

5. a person with human resource skills

6. a person with hospitality experience, specifically in board and lodging

Questions 7-14
Complete the summary below.

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

Write your answers in 7-14 on your answer sheet.

Same-Day Returns and Standard One-Way Tickets are never eligible for . In order to receive a 25% discount on their ticket price, students must present the with proof of study. The highest discount is awarded for of the company. Tourists, however, can only receive a discount when applied to the card. In any case, discounts cannot be used with  . If a traveller does not have a Standard One-Way or Return ticket and requests a refund up to an hour before the bus leaves, they will be charged half of the price of the ticket. BlueHound is not for traveller mistakes when booking tickets. In addition to a trolley luggage, travellers can bring up to one on the bus, free of charge.






Answer Sheet
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Job Ads / Bus Fares From Niagara Falls to Vancouver! 


Read the information below and answer questions 1-6.

A.                                            

Pub Personnel Wanted

Looking for an energetic and friendly person looking for weekend work! Experience not necessary if you are willing to learn. Current hours and needs would be for Saturday and Sunday evenings only.

Call us or drop by at the Moonlight Office in Sydney

Tel: 027 189 28371-- ask for Jamie Rollins

B.

Mayberry Hotel

We are looking to hire a part-time massage therapist for our Kensington offices!

At this time, we are only interviewing therapists with at least 3 years of experience in the hotel settings. Competitive benefits packages are included.

Tel: 929 200 8383 (Monday - Friday office hours)

C.                                                    

Secretaries Inquire Within

Holden Inc. is searching for an experienced Secretary or Office Manager who would be able to handle the day-to-day business of an accounting firm.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 5 PM / Friday 12 PM - 4 PM

Contact Michael Meyers at 724-933-5757 for more details.

D. 

JANITOR NEEDED

CURRENT POSITION REQUIRES CLEANING THE TWO-STORY BOARDING SCHOOL IN CRISWICK, UK.

Hours would be 5 AM - 7 AM each day for five months. Experience not required!

Please submit references and interest letters to Marigold Blythe: mblythe@loa.com

E.

Restaurant Managers: Experienced Enough?

Newmarket Restaurant are looking for an experienced restaurant manager looking to recruit and train a staff for this start-up venture.

Position includes full benefits and paid on-the-job training.

Official opening date set for early next year (in the next six months).

Call us at 282-294-1199 

F.

Child-Care Workers

From March until August, a nanny or child-care professional to look after Magda, 3 years old. Formal qualifications are not necessary, but will result in higher pay (Masters in Child Care or Education preferred). Applicants must not smoke and have access to a car.

Hours: 9:00 - 3:00 Wednesday - Friday

References required and will be notified and/or checked for accuracy.

Please call 399 288 2002 after 5 pm  

G.

LOOKING FOR A CHEF...

...for a new restaurant already up and running!

Good conditions and fair pay.

Hourly pay can be negotiated and is commensurate with experience.

Managerial experience is preferred by not required.

Contact Gus at 389 - 373 - 7733

Read the information below and answer questions 7-14.

BlueHound Bus Fares From Niagara Falls to Vancouver! 

Are you interested in traveling by train through the beautiful sights of Canada? If so, your search is over. Take a look at the several different options for you to choose from. If you have any questions, please contact us at 939-222-4947.

 

Ticket

Discounts*

Information

Standard One-Way

Not applicable unless traveler is a child, student, senior citizen, employee of BlueHound, part of a group, or tourist.

No refunds on Standard One-Way tickets

Standard Return

50% off of ticket price if return is used within 24 hours of the outgoing trip

No refunds on Same-Day returns

Children under 7

60% off of ticket price

 

Children under 13

50% off of ticket price

 

Students

25% off of ticket price

Students must be enrolled in a full-time university and show proof of Student Identification to the Ticket Controller

Senior Citizens

30% off of ticket price

 

Groups

For each group of 6, one ticket is free.

Minimum of 6 people is considered a group

Employees 

75% off of all ticket prices

Only for BlueHound Bus employees

Tourist

15%

Discount is applicable with Niagara Pass card only

*Discounts cannot be combined with promotional offers.

REFUNDS

Standard One-Way tickets are not subject to refunds, even in the case explained below. All other tickets may be refunded no later than 60 minutes before the departure of the bus at a charge of 50% of the original ticket price. The journey may be changed for another time without charge.

Travellers are eligible for a 100% refund if the arrival of the bus is delayed by more than 60 minutes (based on the original arrival time in the timetable), and the delay is caused by a bus malfunction. Both of these aspects must be met in order for a refund to be issued. This is not applicable for Standard One-Way tickets or Same-Day returns.

LIABILITIES & CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY

  1. All customers are responsible for verifying dates, times, and directions of the journey. BlueHound will not be held responsible for errors while purchasing or traveling on behalf of the customer. 
  2. Access to bus platforms will be granted once the ticket controller verifies the ticket and ticket holder. Customers must bring a hard copy of the ticket in order to be let on the bus. Electronic versions will not suffice. 
  3. Each traveller can carry up to one trolley and/or 1 personal item without paying an extra fee. Travellers can also check a bag up to 20 kg, at a charge of $10.00.
  4. Please contact the Bookings Department if you have a group of over 50 travellers wishing to travel on the same bus.
1. F - The statement, “From March until August, a nanny or child-care professional to look after Magda, 3 years old.”, shows that this position is for six months. This should not be confused with advertisement E, “Official opening date set for early next year (in the next six months)”, because “in the next six months” means that the position will be available in six months, not that the position lasts for six months.
2. D - The statement, “Hours would be 5 AM - 7 AM each day for five months.” shows that this is correct. Since the statement says “each day for five months”, this means that the employee will not have days off, not even weekends. The fact that it is “five months” shows that it is only for a period of time.
3. C - The statement, “...who would be able to handle the day-to-day business of an accounting firm.” makes this correct. “Handle” is a synonym for “manage”, whereas “day-to-day” is a synonym for “routine”. The fact that this is an accounting firm should draw your attention to the word “finance” in the question statement.
4. A - The statement, “Looking for an energetic and friendly person looking for weekend work! Experience not necessary if you are willing to learn.” makes this correct. “Eager” is synonymous with the phrases “energetic” and “willing to learn”. The fact that “experience not necessary” is included in the description would make this suitable for a “new entry to the job market”. This should not be confused with advertisement “D”. Even though advertisement D is open to “new entries to the job market”, it is not stated that the person must be “eager”.
5. E - The statement, “Newmarket Restaurant is looking for an experienced restaurant manager looking to recruit and train a staff for this start-up venture.” shows that this is the correct answer. The fact that “recruit and train a staff” is included shows that this person must have human resource skills. “Recruit and train” are examples of human resource skills.
6. B - The statement, “At this time, we are only interviewing therapists with at least 3 years of experience in the hotel settings.” makes this correct. “Board and lodging” and “hospitality” are clues that this person should have experience in “hotel settings”, since they are common phrases and references for this sector.
7. refunds - The statement, “Standard One-Way tickets are not subject to refunds, even in the case explained below.” proves that this is correct.
8. ticket controller  - The statement, “Students must be enrolled in a full-time university and show proof of Student Identification to the Ticket Controller” shows that this is correct.
9. employees - The statement, “Only for BlueHound Bus employees” paired with a 75% discount in the Discount column makes this correct.
10. Niagara Pass - The statement, “Discount is applicable with Niagara Pass card only” in the Tourist Column makes this correct.
11. promotional offers - The statement, “*Discounts cannot be combined with promotional offers.” makes this correct.
12. original - The statement, “All other tickets may be refunded no later than 60 minutes before the departure of the bus at a charge of 50% of the original ticket price.” makes this correct.
13. responsible - The statements, “All customers are responsible for verifying dates, times, and directions of the journey. BlueHound will not be held responsible for errors while purchasing or traveling on behalf of the customer.” prove this to be correct.

14. personal item - The statement, “Each traveller can carry up to one trolley and/or 1 personal item without paying an extra fee.” 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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