IELTS® General Reading Practice 34

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Strider Compression Stockings

Our company was founded by Marcus Silver, who recognized the need for a new, diverse style of compression socks after constant travel on long-haul flights. Since he was unsatisfied with the offerings on the market, Silver decided to open his own factory and start making the trendiest compression stockings on the market! 

Why Are Our Stockings Different?

Our compression stockings are not what your grandparents might have worn years ago. Instead, they are what you would call “Graduated Compression Stockings”. These stockings are knit more tightly at the foot, and get looser at the top of the leg. This prevents blood from building up in the feet and applies just the right amount of pressure in the calves, allowing blood to flow and circulate better towards the heart. Through pressing down with strong pressure on the veins in the leg, our stockings are creating a more narrow pathway that will help circulation.

Caring for your socks is of utmost importance. We realize that you are making an investment and want to make sure that you are happy with it for a long time to come! Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand. Customers should also hang-dry their socks in order to maintain elasticity. Thus, we do not recommend that you put them in the dryer, only because it could change the product's levels of elasticity. Since there are anti-microbial properties embedded in each sock, it is advised that people wear their socks more than once before washing them.

Pricing starts at just $59.00 per pair of socks. If you would like to double on, you may be eligible for our limited time offer: two pairs of socks for $80.00! 

Contact us

If you have any questions or if you would like to place an order, our Customer Service Agents are waiting for your call!

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

BACK TO SCHOOL! 

 

Huntsville College is excited to welcome back our fantastic alumni, parents, and families for Homecoming Weekend. Below, please find an updated schedule of events for the weekend. If you have any questions, you can use our Online Chat to chat with one of our Student Guides, who will be more than happy to help you! 

Fri, Nov. 5th

New Rally Athletic Complex Open For All!

Rally Athletic Complex - 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Homecoming Weekend guests who wish to use the newly renovated Rally Athletic Complex while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Welcome Center.

Harris Food Court Open

8:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Dining is a la carte - cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted.

Marigold Game Room Open 

Marigold Game Room - 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Enjoy our endless games and visit The Craft Corner to make fun of college-themed keychains.

Parent and Family Check-In

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents and family members can stop by check-in starting at the opening time in order to receive meal passes and other materials. Alumni must check in at the Rally Athletic Complex.

Sat, Nov. 6t

 

Greek Playoffs

Rally Athletic Complex - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy choreographed songs, singing, and short acts performed by members of Huntsville College's fraternities and sororities. This is family-friendly and a fun tradition! Athletic games and competitions will also take place.

Council on the Arts Presents: November Nights

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Huntsville College sponsors the November Nights Exhibit and the Regional Photo Show. This evening will celebrate the closing of the show and interested guests are invited to attend the closing event.

And Then There Was You

Maywell Theatre, on Campus - 7:30 PM

Tickets - $8.00

Presented and acted by our Academic Theatre Department, And Then There Was You is a classic murder mystery about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island. Slowly, they are picked off by a murderer among their number, following along to the verses of a jazz tune.

Directed by local director Matthew Simpson, And Then There Was You will leave you guessing until the very end!

Sun, Nov. 7th

Spiritual and Religious Life Breakfast

Tillotson Hall - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Families and alumni are invited to gather for breakfast anytime between 10:00 am and 11:30 am.

Poetic Afternoons

Tippie Hall - 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsored by the Council of the Arts, Poetic Afternoons are held the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm in Tippie Hall. The afternoon session is open to any form of poetry ranging from rap, spoken word, original poems, and other readings. Light food will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for entrance $5 benefits the college and programs, but admission is free. 

1. TRUE - The statement, “These stockings are knit more tightly at the foot, and get looser at the top of the leg.” proves this to be correct.
2. FALSE - The statement, “Through pressing down with strong pressure on the veins in the leg, our stockings are creating a more narrow pathway that will help circulation.” shows that this is false.
3. FALSE- The statement, “Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand” shows that this is false.
4. TRUE- The statement, “Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand” shows that this is true.
5. FALSE- The statement, “Thus, we do not recommend that you put them in the dryer, only because it could change the product's levels of elasticity.” shows that it is not a proven fact that the dryer would harm the socks.
6. NOT GIVEN- This is not provided in the passage.
7. NOT GIVEN- This is not provided in the passage.
8. Homecoming Weekend- The statement, “Huntsville College is excited to welcome back our fantastic alumni, parents, and families for Homecoming Weekend.” proves this to be true. 
9. Online Chat- The statement, “If you have any questions, you can use our Online Chat to chat with one of our Student Guides, who will be more than happy to help you!” proves this to be correct.
10. guest pass- The statement, “Homecoming Weekend guests who wish to use the newly renovated Rally Athletic Complex while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Welcome Center.” proves this to be correct.
11. The Craft Corner- The statement, “Enjoy our endless games and visit The Craft Corner to make fun college-themed keychains.” proves this to be correct.
12. fraternities and sororities- The statement, “Enjoy choreographed songs, singing, and short acts performed by members of Huntsville College's fraternities and sororities.” proves this to be correct.
13. Academic Theatre Department - The statement, “Presented and acted by our Academic Theatre Department, And Then There Was You is a classic murder mystery about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island.” proves this to be correct.
14. Poetic Afternoons- The statement, “Sponsored by the Council on the Arts, Poetic Afternoons is held the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm in Tippie Hall.” 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. Strider Compression Stockings feature both tight-knit and loose fits.

2. The stockings use a light pressure on the calves.

3. The company suggests washing the socks in warm water.

4. Customers can wash their socks by hand, if they wish.

5. Use of a dryer will definitely alter the socks' functionality.

6. Ordering over the phone is the only way to purchase Strider Compression Stockings.

7. The limited time offer will expire in one week.

Questions 8-14
Complete the notes below.

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

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

Huntsville College invites friends and alumni to campus to celebrate .

If in doubt regarding the schedule, people can use the to ask their questions.

A will be available at the Parent and Family Check-In, for those who wish to use the athletic complex.

College-themed accessories can be made at .

The of the college will put on a show on Saturday morning.

On Saturday evening, the will act in a murder mystery show.

Entrance to in Tippie Hall is free, but a donation is suggested.






Answer Sheet
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28
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29
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Strider Compression Stockings / BACK TO SCHOOL! 


Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Strider Compression Stockings

Our company was founded by Marcus Silver, who recognized the need for a new, diverse style of compression socks after constant travel on long-haul flights. Since he was unsatisfied with the offerings on the market, Silver decided to open his own factory and start making the trendiest compression stockings on the market! 

Why Are Our Stockings Different?

Our compression stockings are not what your grandparents might have worn years ago. Instead, they are what you would call “Graduated Compression Stockings”. These stockings are knit more tightly at the foot, and get looser at the top of the leg. This prevents blood from building up in the feet and applies just the right amount of pressure in the calves, allowing blood to flow and circulate better towards the heart. Through pressing down with strong pressure on the veins in the leg, our stockings are creating a more narrow pathway that will help circulation.

Caring for your socks is of utmost importance. We realize that you are making an investment and want to make sure that you are happy with it for a long time to come! Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand. Customers should also hang-dry their socks in order to maintain elasticity. Thus, we do not recommend that you put them in the dryer, only because it could change the product's levels of elasticity. Since there are anti-microbial properties embedded in each sock, it is advised that people wear their socks more than once before washing them.

Pricing starts at just $59.00 per pair of socks. If you would like to double on, you may be eligible for our limited time offer: two pairs of socks for $80.00! 

Contact us

If you have any questions or if you would like to place an order, our Customer Service Agents are waiting for your call!

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

BACK TO SCHOOL! 

 

Huntsville College is excited to welcome back our fantastic alumni, parents, and families for Homecoming Weekend. Below, please find an updated schedule of events for the weekend. If you have any questions, you can use our Online Chat to chat with one of our Student Guides, who will be more than happy to help you! 

Fri, Nov. 5th

New Rally Athletic Complex Open For All!

Rally Athletic Complex - 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Homecoming Weekend guests who wish to use the newly renovated Rally Athletic Complex while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Welcome Center.

Harris Food Court Open

8:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Dining is a la carte - cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted.

Marigold Game Room Open 

Marigold Game Room - 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Enjoy our endless games and visit The Craft Corner to make fun of college-themed keychains.

Parent and Family Check-In

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents and family members can stop by check-in starting at the opening time in order to receive meal passes and other materials. Alumni must check in at the Rally Athletic Complex.

Sat, Nov. 6t

 

Greek Playoffs

Rally Athletic Complex - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy choreographed songs, singing, and short acts performed by members of Huntsville College's fraternities and sororities. This is family-friendly and a fun tradition! Athletic games and competitions will also take place.

Council on the Arts Presents: November Nights

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Huntsville College sponsors the November Nights Exhibit and the Regional Photo Show. This evening will celebrate the closing of the show and interested guests are invited to attend the closing event.

And Then There Was You

Maywell Theatre, on Campus - 7:30 PM

Tickets - $8.00

Presented and acted by our Academic Theatre Department, And Then There Was You is a classic murder mystery about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island. Slowly, they are picked off by a murderer among their number, following along to the verses of a jazz tune.

Directed by local director Matthew Simpson, And Then There Was You will leave you guessing until the very end!

Sun, Nov. 7th

Spiritual and Religious Life Breakfast

Tillotson Hall - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Families and alumni are invited to gather for breakfast anytime between 10:00 am and 11:30 am.

Poetic Afternoons

Tippie Hall - 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsored by the Council of the Arts, Poetic Afternoons are held the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm in Tippie Hall. The afternoon session is open to any form of poetry ranging from rap, spoken word, original poems, and other readings. Light food will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for entrance $5 benefits the college and programs, but admission is free. 

1. TRUE - The statement, “These stockings are knit more tightly at the foot, and get looser at the top of the leg.” proves this to be correct.
2. FALSE - The statement, “Through pressing down with strong pressure on the veins in the leg, our stockings are creating a more narrow pathway that will help circulation.” shows that this is false.
3. FALSE- The statement, “Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand” shows that this is false.
4. TRUE- The statement, “Be sure to wash your compression socks on the cold cycle in your washing machine, or wash them by hand” shows that this is true.
5. FALSE- The statement, “Thus, we do not recommend that you put them in the dryer, only because it could change the product's levels of elasticity.” shows that it is not a proven fact that the dryer would harm the socks.
6. NOT GIVEN- This is not provided in the passage.
7. NOT GIVEN- This is not provided in the passage.
8. Homecoming Weekend- The statement, “Huntsville College is excited to welcome back our fantastic alumni, parents, and families for Homecoming Weekend.” proves this to be true. 
9. Online Chat- The statement, “If you have any questions, you can use our Online Chat to chat with one of our Student Guides, who will be more than happy to help you!” proves this to be correct.
10. guest pass- The statement, “Homecoming Weekend guests who wish to use the newly renovated Rally Athletic Complex while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Welcome Center.” proves this to be correct.
11. The Craft Corner- The statement, “Enjoy our endless games and visit The Craft Corner to make fun college-themed keychains.” proves this to be correct.
12. fraternities and sororities- The statement, “Enjoy choreographed songs, singing, and short acts performed by members of Huntsville College's fraternities and sororities.” proves this to be correct.
13. Academic Theatre Department - The statement, “Presented and acted by our Academic Theatre Department, And Then There Was You is a classic murder mystery about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island.” proves this to be correct.
14. Poetic Afternoons- The statement, “Sponsored by the Council on the Arts, Poetic Afternoons is held the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm in Tippie Hall.” 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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