IELTS® General Reading Practice 28

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Read the advertisements below and answer questions 1-6.

Please join Cleveland Opera and The School of Italian Language for
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

on Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm  

Opera fans in The School of Italian Language have access to discounted group tickets for only $15 each!  

TO ORDER TICKETS PLEASE OPEN THE INVITATION IN THIS EMAIL AND CLICK ON THE "Buy Tickets Here" LINK.

This light-hearted comedy full of charming romance is about a traveling medicine show man who claims to have a love potion. The story concerns a man named Nemorino, who is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects remain lackluster when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. But when Doctor Dulcamara comes into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting.

Come and experience the opera with us! Students are able to bring up to five friends by completing the form below. Your party will be seated together with other students of The School of Italian Opera, and the seats have already been blocked off. Tickets will be held for pick up at the McGann Center Box Office before the performance on Saturday, March 28th. You are also welcome to join us for a free pre-opera talk which begins at 6:00pm (one hour before 7:00 curtain call).  

This offer expires on March 25th, so be sure to book your seats now!

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.

INTERCITY SLEEPER TRAIN FROM NEW YORK CITY TO CHICAGO

MegaTrain has a variety of tickets to be used for inter-state travel throughout the United States. Our premier sleeper train--going from New York City to Chicago--has unlimited offers for those looking to experience this incredible journey. Read below for more information on all of our options.

A - Premiere Plan

To lock in this great two-way deal, you must book at least 2 months in advance of your desired travel date from New York City to Chicago. This ticket type guarantees a shared sleeper cabin. This ticket is non-refundable. Outward and return journeys must be booked separately.

B - Clutch

In order to ride with this discounted ticket, you must book no earlier than 1 week before the desired travel journey from New York City to Chicago, on a weekend ride. Seats are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. While there is a chance that sleeper cabins can be assigned, it is not guaranteed.

C - Discount

This discounted ticket (ranging from $5.00 - $15.00 per route) is available only on the day before the desired travel date, excluding weekend travel. Seats are assigned, cannot be changed, and will never include sleeper cabins. Thus, these seats are only normal train seats for the entire 15 hour journey.

D - Super-Discount

Our most discounted option (ranging from $5.00 - $10.00 round trip) is reserved for senior citizens (over the age of 65) and children under the age of 6, while abiding by all terms and conditions of the Discount Ticket.

E - Solo Traveler

For those traveling alone, this ticket will grant you access to an Exclusive Cabin, fit for one guest. These tickets are booked at a normal price (as included in the Premiere Plan), but include both the outward and return journey. Guests will also receive 1 complimentary meal.

F - Travel Deals

All ticket types will be 50% off for travel during national holiday weeks. The weeks include: March 20 - 27, August 10 - 17, November 20 - 30, December 21 - 31. Additionally, children (under the age of 6) and senior citizens travel for free during this period. Only 50 tickets are available per designated week, and will sell out quickly.

G - Special Deals

These tickets are inclusive return travel packages for two people, for at least one week of travel. These rates guarantee a special, reserved suite for two. Outward and return reservations do not need to be made at the time of booking. Starting prices are at $200.00 per person, with the second person riding for free.

1. FALSE  - The statement, “Opera fans in The School of Italian Language have access to discounted group tickets for only $15 each!” shows that this is only for group tickets.
2. TRUE  - The statement, “This light-hearted comedy full of charming romance…” shows that this is correct.
3. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
4. FALSE - The statement, “Your party will be seated together with other students of The School of Italian Opera, and the seats have already been blocked off.” shows that False is the correct answer.
5. TRUE - The statement, “Tickets will be held for pick up at the McGann Center Box Office before the performance on Saturday, March 28th.”
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
7. FALSE - The statement, “This offer expires on March 25th, so be sure to book your seats now!” shows that students will not have until March 28th to buy tickets.
8. D - The statement, “Our most discounted option (ranging from $5.00 - $10.00 round trip) is reserved for senior citizens (over the age of 65) and children under the age of 6” proves that this is correct.
9. B - The statement, “from New York City to Chicago, on a weekend ride.” proves this to be correct.
10. C - The statement, “This discounted ticket (ranging from $5.00 - $15.00 per route) is available only on the day before the desired travel date, excluding weekend travel.” proves this to be correct.
11. D - The statement, “Our most discounted option…” proves that this is correct.
12. G - The statement, “Starting prices are at $200.00 per person, with the second person riding for free.” shows that this is correct.
13. E - The statement, “For those traveling alone, this ticket will grant you access to an Exclusive Cabin, fit for one guest.” proves this to be correct.
14. F - The statement, “Only 50 tickets are available per designated week, and will sell out quickly.” proves that this is correct, since they sell out and are not guaranteed.



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. Students from The School of Italian Language will receive a discounted individual ticket.

2. The Elixir of Love is a comedic opera.

3. Students can inquire at The School of Italian Language regarding tickets.

4. Students who purchase tickets with The School of Italian Language will be able to choose their seats.

5. Students can pick up their tickets before the performance.

6. The pre-opera talk will have cocktails and appetizers.

7. Students can take advantage of the offer up until the day of the show.

Questions 8-14

Look at the following statements.

Match each statement with the correct paragraph, A - G.

Write the correct letter in boxes 8-14 on your answer sheet.

For which type of train ticket are the following statements true?

NB You may use any letter more than once.

8. Only children and seniors can take advantage of this offer.

9. This can only be used on the weekends.

10. This cannot be used on the weekends.

11. This is the cheapest option.

12. There are advantages to this journey when booking with a partner.

13. With this ticket a single sleeper cabin is guaranteed.

14. This trip does not guarantee holiday discounts, despite timing on special deals.






Answer Sheet
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8
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12
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15
N/A
16
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17
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18
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19
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20
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21
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22
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23
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24
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25
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26
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27
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28
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29
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30
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31
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32
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37
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38
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40
N/A


Reading Passage Vocabulary
The School of Italian Language / Inter-state travel


Read the advertisements below and answer questions 1-6.

Please join Cleveland Opera and The School of Italian Language for
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

on Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm  

Opera fans in The School of Italian Language have access to discounted group tickets for only $15 each!  

TO ORDER TICKETS PLEASE OPEN THE INVITATION IN THIS EMAIL AND CLICK ON THE "Buy Tickets Here" LINK.

This light-hearted comedy full of charming romance is about a traveling medicine show man who claims to have a love potion. The story concerns a man named Nemorino, who is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects remain lackluster when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. But when Doctor Dulcamara comes into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting.

Come and experience the opera with us! Students are able to bring up to five friends by completing the form below. Your party will be seated together with other students of The School of Italian Opera, and the seats have already been blocked off. Tickets will be held for pick up at the McGann Center Box Office before the performance on Saturday, March 28th. You are also welcome to join us for a free pre-opera talk which begins at 6:00pm (one hour before 7:00 curtain call).  

This offer expires on March 25th, so be sure to book your seats now!

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.

INTERCITY SLEEPER TRAIN FROM NEW YORK CITY TO CHICAGO

MegaTrain has a variety of tickets to be used for inter-state travel throughout the United States. Our premier sleeper train--going from New York City to Chicago--has unlimited offers for those looking to experience this incredible journey. Read below for more information on all of our options.

A - Premiere Plan

To lock in this great two-way deal, you must book at least 2 months in advance of your desired travel date from New York City to Chicago. This ticket type guarantees a shared sleeper cabin. This ticket is non-refundable. Outward and return journeys must be booked separately.

B - Clutch

In order to ride with this discounted ticket, you must book no earlier than 1 week before the desired travel journey from New York City to Chicago, on a weekend ride. Seats are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. While there is a chance that sleeper cabins can be assigned, it is not guaranteed.

C - Discount

This discounted ticket (ranging from $5.00 - $15.00 per route) is available only on the day before the desired travel date, excluding weekend travel. Seats are assigned, cannot be changed, and will never include sleeper cabins. Thus, these seats are only normal train seats for the entire 15 hour journey.

D - Super-Discount

Our most discounted option (ranging from $5.00 - $10.00 round trip) is reserved for senior citizens (over the age of 65) and children under the age of 6, while abiding by all terms and conditions of the Discount Ticket.

E - Solo Traveler

For those traveling alone, this ticket will grant you access to an Exclusive Cabin, fit for one guest. These tickets are booked at a normal price (as included in the Premiere Plan), but include both the outward and return journey. Guests will also receive 1 complimentary meal.

F - Travel Deals

All ticket types will be 50% off for travel during national holiday weeks. The weeks include: March 20 - 27, August 10 - 17, November 20 - 30, December 21 - 31. Additionally, children (under the age of 6) and senior citizens travel for free during this period. Only 50 tickets are available per designated week, and will sell out quickly.

G - Special Deals

These tickets are inclusive return travel packages for two people, for at least one week of travel. These rates guarantee a special, reserved suite for two. Outward and return reservations do not need to be made at the time of booking. Starting prices are at $200.00 per person, with the second person riding for free.

1. FALSE  - The statement, “Opera fans in The School of Italian Language have access to discounted group tickets for only $15 each!” shows that this is only for group tickets.
2. TRUE  - The statement, “This light-hearted comedy full of charming romance…” shows that this is correct.
3. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
4. FALSE - The statement, “Your party will be seated together with other students of The School of Italian Opera, and the seats have already been blocked off.” shows that False is the correct answer.
5. TRUE - The statement, “Tickets will be held for pick up at the McGann Center Box Office before the performance on Saturday, March 28th.”
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
7. FALSE - The statement, “This offer expires on March 25th, so be sure to book your seats now!” shows that students will not have until March 28th to buy tickets.
8. D - The statement, “Our most discounted option (ranging from $5.00 - $10.00 round trip) is reserved for senior citizens (over the age of 65) and children under the age of 6” proves that this is correct.
9. B - The statement, “from New York City to Chicago, on a weekend ride.” proves this to be correct.
10. C - The statement, “This discounted ticket (ranging from $5.00 - $15.00 per route) is available only on the day before the desired travel date, excluding weekend travel.” proves this to be correct.
11. D - The statement, “Our most discounted option…” proves that this is correct.
12. G - The statement, “Starting prices are at $200.00 per person, with the second person riding for free.” shows that this is correct.
13. E - The statement, “For those traveling alone, this ticket will grant you access to an Exclusive Cabin, fit for one guest.” proves this to be correct.
14. F - The statement, “Only 50 tickets are available per designated week, and will sell out quickly.” proves that this is correct, since they sell out and are not guaranteed.
 
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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