IELTS® General Reading Practice 4

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Read the advertisements below and answer Questions 1-4.

A.                                            

Hotel Concierge Wanted

Have you previously worked in the hotel industry and know what it takes to succeed? Then Benway Hotels Inc. is looking for you!

We are looking for a trained Hotel Concierge for our luxury chain in Atlanta, Georgia. Accepted candidates will be able to start within one month of our offer.

Please call Personnel at 890-444-2947 or send your resume to: Benway Hotel, 42 Benway Road, Atlanta, Georgia 38377.

Benway Hotel
ATLANTA


B.

TRAVEL AGENT

Are you an enthusiastic graduate looking for part-time work? Our office is ready to train newly accredited travel experts to help our customers plan the perfect getaways. Role is based in Yorkshire, England.

Please send CV to Gregory Smith, Luxury Tour Company Ltd., 44 McKnight Road, Yorkshire, England W6 3NI.

C.                                                    

Quality Assurance Consultant Needed!

Toucon Corporation is looking for entry-level Quality Assurance Consultants for our offices in the United States.

Candidates must currently reside in the United States and can expect to make monthly visits to out-of-state sites during the first two years of employment.

Contact Andrea Nisson at 724-933-5757 for more details.


D. 

ENGLISH TUTOR

Criswick & Co. are looking for an English Tutor for the High School division of English as a Second Language students. Must be accredited and familiar with preparation for various state exams. Current positions that need to be filled will offer fixed contracts from January to April.

Please submit references and resumes to Harold Scherner at hscherner@criswick.com.

E.

HALSTON GAMES
Greetings! Our company is searching for five video game aficionados looking for part-time work as gaming consultants for our start-up company. This position would be perfect for freelancers and college students, as you can organize your working hours based on your schedule. Knowledge of User Design is an advantage, but by no means essential.
Game on!

Interested parties are asked to send your CV or inquiries to our mailing address:
HALSON GAMES
1000 Brambury Lane
London, England
Y648X

Read the text below and answer Questions 5-8.
 

RENTAL LEASE INFORMATION

All tenants must abide by the contractual information regarding rental leases and renewals. In the event that a tenant does not wish to renew his or her lease in Bradbury Apartments, a written request to terminate the agreement must be received by the landlord no later than two weeks before the contract's end date. If the notice is not received within the necessary timeframe, additional fees may be accrued to the final rent payment.

Alternatively, should a tenant decide to renew his or her lease, a meeting with the Housing Cooperative Board must be requested on behalf of the tenant no later than three months before the contract's end date. Failure to abide by these rules may result in forfeiture of the contract renewal.

For any questions regarding these processes, contact the Housing Cooperative President at your convenience.

Read the text below and answer Questions 9-14.

The following chart displays new recycling regulations in Barmont County and serves as a reference point for residents.

Recycling Guidelines
As of March 1, Barmont County recycling guidelines have changed. All residents are urged to make a note of the following changes and regulations.

    

Pick-Up Times

Unless otherwise communicated, Barmont County City Workers will follow this schedule in terms of recycling pick-up:

  1. On weekdays: From 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
  2. On weekends: Contrary to last year's schedule, pick-up will no longer take place on Sundays.
  3. On bank holidays: Recycling refuse will not be collected.

If residents are unable to abide by the aforementioned pick-up times, they can request a Recycling Card through the Town Hall, in order to transport recycling refuse to the Barmont County Ecological Island.

What Can Be Recycled?

In accordance with the most recent State Laws, residents must now recycle the following items:

Aluminum Cans, Cardboard, Egg Cartons, Plastic Materials, Glass Bottles, Paper, Empty Aerosols

If it is discovered that a resident has not properly recycled any of the above items, a fine may be issued.

What Cannot Be Recycled?

Similar to previous years, the following items remain unable to be recycled:
Batteries, Clothing, Electronic Waste, Food Waste, Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste, Diapers, Glass (from windows or frames)

Note: In an effort to curb potentially harmful recycling practices, Barmont County City Workers will keep track of each instance that these items are found in the recycled waste. If occurrences exceed a given amount, City Waste Taxes will increase in the following fiscal year.

Residents and Taxpayers are urged to attend City Hall Meetings on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM to contribute opinions and learn more information regarding this initiative. 

1. C. The statement, “Candidates must currently reside in the United States and can expect to make monthly visits to out-of-state sites during the first two years of employment.” proves this to be true. The travel would be domestic because candidates must reside in the United States, as described in the entry. 
2. A. The first question in this job advertisement, “Have you previously worked in the hotel industry and know what it takes to succeed?” proves that this job would require past experience.
3. D. This advertisement calls for 'Tutors' and describes tutoring in the “high school” sector of education. Therefore, this is the correct answer.
4. D. The statement, “Current positions that need to be filled will offer fixed contracts from January to April.” shows that this job is available for a fixed period. Therefore, it is seasonal.

5. a written request / written request - The statement, 'In the event that a tenant does not wish to renew his or her lease in Bradbury Apartments, a written request to terminate the agreement must be received' proves this to be correct.

6. additional fees - The statement, 'If the notice is not received within the necessary timeframe, additional fees may be accrued to the final rent payment.' proves this to be correct.

7. Housing Cooperative Board - The statement, '...should a tenant decide to renew his or her lease, a meeting with the Housing Cooperative Board must be requested…' proves this to be correct. Note that the word 'the' cannot be used as NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS can be written as an answer.

8. Housing Cooperative President - The statement, 'For any questions regarding these processes, contact the Housing Cooperative President at your convenience.' proves this to be correct, since contract terminations would fall into 'any questions regarding these processes'. Note that the word 'the' cannot be used as NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS can be written as an answer.
9. TRUE - The chart states that “Contrary to last year's schedule, pick-up will no longer take place on Sundays.”, which would mean that Barmont County City Workers collected recycling refuse on Sundays.
10. NOT GIVEN - Information regarding the price of the Barmont County Recycling Card is not listed in the chart.
11. FALSE - The chart states that “If it is discovered that a resident has not properly recycled any of the above items, a fine may be issued.” Thus, a fine may only be issued if the malpractice has been discovered. It would be incorrect to state that this would lead to an automatic fine.
12. TRUE - The statement, “Similar to previous years, the following items remain unable to be recycled” proves that There have not been changes regarding items that cannot be recycled.
13. FALSE - Since glass bottles can be recycled, yet glass from mirrors and frames cannot, it is incorrect to state that all glass must be recycled.
14. NOT GIVEN - The passage does not provide the total amount of occurrences it would take for taxes to increase.



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 1-4

Read the job advertisements, A-E.

Which advertisement corresponds to the following information?

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. Which job requires domestic travel?

2. Which job requires past experience?

3. Which advertisement pertains to educators?

4. Which job features seasonal work?

Questions 5-8
Complete the short answers below.

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

Write your answers in 5-8 on your answer sheet.

5. You do not want to renew your lease. What must you provide to your landlord in order to terminate the contract?

6. What could be added to the rent of the final month if a contract is not terminated properly?

7. You want to renew your lease. With whom must you schedule a meeting?

8. You have questions regarding contract termination. Who should you contact?

Questions 9-14
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? In boxes 9-14 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.

9. Previously, Barmont County City Workers collected recycling refuse on Sundays.

10. Obtaining the Barmont County Recycling Card is free of charge.

11. Failure to recycle the correct items will lead to an automatic fine.

12. There have not been changes regarding items that cannot be recycled.

13. All glass must be recycled.

14. If waste that cannot be recycled is found in recycled waste at least 50 times, City Waste Taxes will increase.






Answer Sheet
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Hotel advertisements / Rental release information



Read the advertisements below and answer Questions 1-4.

A.                                            

Hotel Concierge Wanted

Have you previously worked in the hotel industry and know what it takes to succeed? Then Benway Hotels Inc. is looking for you!

We are looking for a trained Hotel Concierge for our luxury chain in Atlanta, Georgia. Accepted candidates will be able to start within one month of our offer.

Please call Personnel at 890-444-2947 or send your resume to: Benway Hotel, 42 Benway Road, Atlanta, Georgia 38377.

Benway Hotel
ATLANTA


B.

TRAVEL AGENT

Are you an enthusiastic graduate looking for part-time work? Our office is ready to train newly accredited travel experts to help our customers plan the perfect getaways. Role is based in Yorkshire, England.

Please send CV to Gregory Smith, Luxury Tour Company Ltd., 44 McKnight Road, Yorkshire, England W6 3NI.

C.                                                    

Quality Assurance Consultant Needed!

Toucon Corporation is looking for entry-level Quality Assurance Consultants for our offices in the United States.

Candidates must currently reside in the United States and can expect to make monthly visits to out-of-state sites during the first two years of employment.

Contact Andrea Nisson at 724-933-5757 for more details.


D. 

ENGLISH TUTOR

Criswick & Co. are looking for an English Tutor for the High School division of English as a Second Language students. Must be accredited and familiar with preparation for various state exams. Current positions that need to be filled will offer fixed contracts from January to April.

Please submit references and resumes to Harold Scherner at hscherner@criswick.com.

E.

HALSTON GAMES
Greetings! Our company is searching for five video game aficionados looking for part-time work as gaming consultants for our start-up company. This position would be perfect for freelancers and college students, as you can organize your working hours based on your schedule. Knowledge of User Design is an advantage, but by no means essential.
Game on!

Interested parties are asked to send your CV or inquiries to our mailing address:
HALSON GAMES
1000 Brambury Lane
London, England
Y648X

Read the text below and answer Questions 5-8.
 

RENTAL LEASE INFORMATION

All tenants must abide by the contractual information regarding rental leases and renewals. In the event that a tenant does not wish to renew his or her lease in Bradbury Apartments, a written request to terminate the agreement must be received by the landlord no later than two weeks before the contract's end date. If the notice is not received within the necessary timeframe, additional fees may be accrued to the final rent payment.

Alternatively, should a tenant decide to renew his or her lease, a meeting with the Housing Cooperative Board must be requested on behalf of the tenant no later than three months before the contract's end date. Failure to abide by these rules may result in forfeiture of the contract renewal.

For any questions regarding these processes, contact the Housing Cooperative President at your convenience.

Read the text below and answer Questions 9-14.

The following chart displays new recycling regulations in Barmont County and serves as a reference point for residents.

Recycling Guidelines
As of March 1, Barmont County recycling guidelines have changed. All residents are urged to make a note of the following changes and regulations.

    

Pick-Up Times

Unless otherwise communicated, Barmont County City Workers will follow this schedule in terms of recycling pick-up:

  1. On weekdays: From 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
  2. On weekends: Contrary to last year's schedule, pick-up will no longer take place on Sundays.
  3. On bank holidays: Recycling refuse will not be collected.

If residents are unable to abide by the aforementioned pick-up times, they can request a Recycling Card through the Town Hall, in order to transport recycling refuse to the Barmont County Ecological Island.

What Can Be Recycled?

In accordance with the most recent State Laws, residents must now recycle the following items:

Aluminum Cans, Cardboard, Egg Cartons, Plastic Materials, Glass Bottles, Paper, Empty Aerosols

If it is discovered that a resident has not properly recycled any of the above items, a fine may be issued.

What Cannot Be Recycled?

Similar to previous years, the following items remain unable to be recycled:
Batteries, Clothing, Electronic Waste, Food Waste, Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste, Diapers, Glass (from windows or frames)

Note: In an effort to curb potentially harmful recycling practices, Barmont County City Workers will keep track of each instance that these items are found in the recycled waste. If occurrences exceed a given amount, City Waste Taxes will increase in the following fiscal year.

Residents and Taxpayers are urged to attend City Hall Meetings on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM to contribute opinions and learn more information regarding this initiative. 

1. C. The statement, “Candidates must currently reside in the United States and can expect to make monthly visits to out-of-state sites during the first two years of employment.” proves this to be true. The travel would be domestic because candidates must reside in the United States, as described in the entry. 
2. A. The first question in this job advertisement, “Have you previously worked in the hotel industry and know what it takes to succeed?” proves that this job would require past experience.
3. D. This advertisement calls for 'Tutors' and describes tutoring in the “high school” sector of education. Therefore, this is the correct answer.
4. D. The statement, “Current positions that need to be filled will offer fixed contracts from January to April.” shows that this job is available for a fixed period. Therefore, it is seasonal.

5. a written request / written request - The statement, 'In the event that a tenant does not wish to renew his or her lease in Bradbury Apartments, a written request to terminate the agreement must be received' proves this to be correct.

6. additional fees - The statement, 'If the notice is not received within the necessary timeframe, additional fees may be accrued to the final rent payment.' proves this to be correct.

7. Housing Cooperative Board - The statement, '...should a tenant decide to renew his or her lease, a meeting with the Housing Cooperative Board must be requested…' proves this to be correct. Note that the word 'the' cannot be used as NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS can be written as an answer.

8. Housing Cooperative President - The statement, 'For any questions regarding these processes, contact the Housing Cooperative President at your convenience.' proves this to be correct, since contract terminations would fall into 'any questions regarding these processes'. Note that the word 'the' cannot be used as NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS can be written as an answer.
9. TRUE - The chart states that “Contrary to last year's schedule, pick-up will no longer take place on Sundays.”, which would mean that Barmont County City Workers collected recycling refuse on Sundays.
10. NOT GIVEN - Information regarding the price of the Barmont County Recycling Card is not listed in the chart.
11. FALSE - The chart states that “If it is discovered that a resident has not properly recycled any of the above items, a fine may be issued.” Thus, a fine may only be issued if the malpractice has been discovered. It would be incorrect to state that this would lead to an automatic fine.
12. TRUE - The statement, “Similar to previous years, the following items remain unable to be recycled” proves that There have not been changes regarding items that cannot be recycled.
13. FALSE - Since glass bottles can be recycled, yet glass from mirrors and frames cannot, it is incorrect to state that all glass must be recycled.
14. NOT GIVEN - The passage does not provide the total amount of occurrences it would take for taxes to increase.
 
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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