IELTS® General Reading Practice 37

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.
 

WEST GATE HOSPITAL EVENTS

WEST GATE HOSPITAL has been a leading service provider in London for the past 50 years. We hope you will continue to support us by joining us for the following events during the end of April. This year, we are trying something new and offering our events on a first-come, first-served basis. If you miss out this month, don’t worry! We will offer another round of similar events in July.

 

Monday, April 17th

Friday, April 21st

Sunday, April 23rd

Event

West Gate Travel Missions Fundraiser

Come ready for excellent food, great drinks and camaraderie! A silent auction of donated products, gift cards, and services will be featured! Your support will help West Gate Hospital realize their educational and travel dreams when it comes to mission work! Please note that due to the nature of the event and location, children and teenagers under 18 are not permitted at the event.

Baseball Outing

Don't miss West Gate’s annual baseball outing! Ticketed guests are invited to a pre-game reception followed by the game. As the game is already sold out, only ticketed guests may join us for the reception and actual game. This is a perfect family event for all ages! 

Zoo and Aquarium

Another event that is perfect for the entire family! Join us for a day at the local zoo with an included lunch and visit from some friendly critters! The day will conclude with a private tour of the Penguin Pavillion. 

Originally estimated at a cost of $20.00 per person, our guests will receive this tour for free! Booking ahead of time is mandatory.

Prices and Location

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Wigle Whiskey @ 2401 Smallman Street

Ticket Donation: (100% tax-deductible) $10.00

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Pre-game reception will be held at McFadden’s pub on the South Shore, inside of the stadium.

Game time is at 7:05 PM.

10:30 AM - 2:45 PM

London Zoo and Aquarium

Total Cost: $30.00 per person, all day events included

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

Industry House Shop

Welcome to Industry House, a shop that has all of your needs in one place! Shopping for a special occasion? Check out our new gifts below with their accompanying department. Happy Shopping!

Product                                                   Department

Encyclopedia Collection - Perfect for trivia lovers and those who enjoy reading about history. Pick up our most updated list of encyclopedias, updated last year. All copies come signed with an autograph of the British author, Sampson Brown. 

(A) Books

The Book of You - Tell our representatives the date, time, and place of the person receiving the gift, and we will craft a heart-felt book for that person featuring unique and funny trivia facts surrounding their birth year!

(B) Personalisation

Wooden Photo Ledge - A classic display for print photos, this product is perfect for those who love handcrafted items made in the USA. Layer your favorite paper prints and rotate them for any occasion. It would be ideal to set print photos on a mantle or secure to the wall for a floating shelf effect. Prints sold separately.

(C) Prints

Latch Hook Kit - This craft is perfect for anyone who wants to sit down, relax, and enjoy time crafting a beautiful piece that can be hung or framed. Our newest product features various colors and designs. Perfect for anyone who wants to stay inside on a chilly evening! 

(D) Crafts

Guest Book -  Are you shopping for an upcoming wedding or large event? The celebrated parties will cherish this book for years to come. Party guests will be able to write their specific messages for the happy couple, honored guest, party hosts--or anyone! All of the memories will be captured on high-quality paper that lays flat upon opening the album.

(E) Writing

Designated Assignment - Although this gift is considered one of our top-sellers, most people are unfamiliar with what it is. With this service, you can name a local tree after anyone you would like. Then, the recipient can visit the tree in our local forest to care for it or pick its fruit. 

(F) Local

Silver Calendar - This silver clipboard calendar is a casual gift made of reclaimed pine. Customers can include heartfelt photos for each month. The best part is that it is perfect for those who are preparing for a big move, as it is travel-friendly and easy to pack! 

(G) Graduation

1. TRUE - The statement, “If you miss out this month, don’t worry! We will offer another round of similar events in July.” proves this to be correct.
2. TRUE- The statement, “Please note that due to the nature of the event and location, children and teenagers under 18 are not permitted at the event.” proves this to be correct.
3. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
4. TRUE- The statement, “Ticketed guests are invited to a pre-game reception followed by the game” proves this to be correct.
5. FALSE- The statement, “As the game is already sold out, only ticketed guests may join us for the reception and actual game.” proves that this is correct.
6. FALSE- The statement, “Another event that is perfect for the entire family!” under the Zoo and Aquarium column prove that this is correct.
7. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
8.  E- The statement, “Party guests will be able to write their specific messages for the happy couple, honored guest, party hosts--or anyone!” proves that this is correct.
9.  C- The statement, “Layer your favorite paper prints and rotate them for any occasion. It would be ideal to set print photos on a mantle or secure to the wall for a floating shelf effect.” proves this to be correct.
10.  G- The statement, “The best part is that it is perfect for those who are preparing for a big move, as it is travel-friendly and easy to pack!” proves this to be correct. 
11.  B- The statement, “we will craft a heart-felt book for that person featuring unique and funny trivia facts surrounding their birth year!” proves this to be correct.
12.  D- The statement, “This craft is perfect for anyone who wants to sit down, relax, and enjoy time crafting a beautiful piece that can be hung or framed.” proves this to be correct.
13.  F- The statement, “With this service, you can name a local tree after anyone you would like. Then, the recipient can visit the tree in our local forest to care for it or pick its fruit.” proves this to be correct.
14. C- The statement, “A classic display for print photos, this product is perfect for those who love handcrafted items made in the USA.” 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. West Gate Hospital will put on similar events later on in the year.

2. The Travel Missions Fundraiser is for those 18 years of age or older.

3. Guests can obtain tax-deductible forms at the Travel Missions Fundraiser.

4. Guests who have a ticket to the baseball game can attend the pre-game reception.

5. Guests will be able to purchase tickets for the baseball game at the stadium.

6. The Baseball Outing is the only family-friendly event offered.

7. Guests can call West Gate Hospital to book tickets for the zoo.

Questions 8-14

Look at the following statements.

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

Which department should you go to if 

NB You may use any letter more than once.

8. you want a gift that people can write inside of during an event

9. you want a gift for people who appreciate physical photos

10. you want a gift for someone traveling overseas

11. you want a gift for someone who appreciates quirky facts

12. you want a gift for someone who is bed-ridden and enjoys decorations

13. you want a gift for someone who enjoys nature

14. you want a gift that is made by hand





Answer Sheet
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Reading Passage Vocabulary
West Gate Hospital Events / Industry House Shop

Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.
 

WEST GATE HOSPITAL EVENTS

WEST GATE HOSPITAL has been a leading service provider in London for the past 50 years. We hope you will continue to support us by joining us for the following events during the end of April. This year, we are trying something new and offering our events on a first-come, first-served basis. If you miss out this month, don’t worry! We will offer another round of similar events in July.

 

Monday, April 17th

Friday, April 21st

Sunday, April 23rd

Event

West Gate Travel Missions Fundraiser

Come ready for excellent food, great drinks and camaraderie! A silent auction of donated products, gift cards, and services will be featured! Your support will help West Gate Hospital realize their educational and travel dreams when it comes to mission work! Please note that due to the nature of the event and location, children and teenagers under 18 are not permitted at the event.

Baseball Outing

Don't miss West Gate’s annual baseball outing! Ticketed guests are invited to a pre-game reception followed by the game. As the game is already sold out, only ticketed guests may join us for the reception and actual game. This is a perfect family event for all ages! 

Zoo and Aquarium

Another event that is perfect for the entire family! Join us for a day at the local zoo with an included lunch and visit from some friendly critters! The day will conclude with a private tour of the Penguin Pavillion. 

Originally estimated at a cost of $20.00 per person, our guests will receive this tour for free! Booking ahead of time is mandatory.

Prices and Location

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Wigle Whiskey @ 2401 Smallman Street

Ticket Donation: (100% tax-deductible) $10.00

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Pre-game reception will be held at McFadden’s pub on the South Shore, inside of the stadium.

Game time is at 7:05 PM.

10:30 AM - 2:45 PM

London Zoo and Aquarium

Total Cost: $30.00 per person, all day events included

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

Industry House Shop

Welcome to Industry House, a shop that has all of your needs in one place! Shopping for a special occasion? Check out our new gifts below with their accompanying department. Happy Shopping!

Product                                                   Department

Encyclopedia Collection - Perfect for trivia lovers and those who enjoy reading about history. Pick up our most updated list of encyclopedias, updated last year. All copies come signed with an autograph of the British author, Sampson Brown. 

(A) Books

The Book of You - Tell our representatives the date, time, and place of the person receiving the gift, and we will craft a heart-felt book for that person featuring unique and funny trivia facts surrounding their birth year!

(B) Personalisation

Wooden Photo Ledge - A classic display for print photos, this product is perfect for those who love handcrafted items made in the USA. Layer your favorite paper prints and rotate them for any occasion. It would be ideal to set print photos on a mantle or secure to the wall for a floating shelf effect. Prints sold separately.

(C) Prints

Latch Hook Kit - This craft is perfect for anyone who wants to sit down, relax, and enjoy time crafting a beautiful piece that can be hung or framed. Our newest product features various colors and designs. Perfect for anyone who wants to stay inside on a chilly evening! 

(D) Crafts

Guest Book -  Are you shopping for an upcoming wedding or large event? The celebrated parties will cherish this book for years to come. Party guests will be able to write their specific messages for the happy couple, honored guest, party hosts--or anyone! All of the memories will be captured on high-quality paper that lays flat upon opening the album.

(E) Writing

Designated Assignment - Although this gift is considered one of our top-sellers, most people are unfamiliar with what it is. With this service, you can name a local tree after anyone you would like. Then, the recipient can visit the tree in our local forest to care for it or pick its fruit. 

(F) Local

Silver Calendar - This silver clipboard calendar is a casual gift made of reclaimed pine. Customers can include heartfelt photos for each month. The best part is that it is perfect for those who are preparing for a big move, as it is travel-friendly and easy to pack! 

(G) Graduation

1. TRUE - The statement, “If you miss out this month, don’t worry! We will offer another round of similar events in July.” proves this to be correct.
2. TRUE- The statement, “Please note that due to the nature of the event and location, children and teenagers under 18 are not permitted at the event.” proves this to be correct.
3. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
4. TRUE- The statement, “Ticketed guests are invited to a pre-game reception followed by the game” proves this to be correct.
5. FALSE- The statement, “As the game is already sold out, only ticketed guests may join us for the reception and actual game.” proves that this is correct.
6. FALSE- The statement, “Another event that is perfect for the entire family!” under the Zoo and Aquarium column prove that this is correct.
7. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
8.  E- The statement, “Party guests will be able to write their specific messages for the happy couple, honored guest, party hosts--or anyone!” proves that this is correct.
9.  C- The statement, “Layer your favorite paper prints and rotate them for any occasion. It would be ideal to set print photos on a mantle or secure to the wall for a floating shelf effect.” proves this to be correct.
10.  G- The statement, “The best part is that it is perfect for those who are preparing for a big move, as it is travel-friendly and easy to pack!” proves this to be correct. 
11.  B- The statement, “we will craft a heart-felt book for that person featuring unique and funny trivia facts surrounding their birth year!” proves this to be correct.
12.  D- The statement, “This craft is perfect for anyone who wants to sit down, relax, and enjoy time crafting a beautiful piece that can be hung or framed.” proves this to be correct.
13.  F- The statement, “With this service, you can name a local tree after anyone you would like. Then, the recipient can visit the tree in our local forest to care for it or pick its fruit.” proves this to be correct.
14. C- The statement, “A classic display for print photos, this product is perfect for those who love handcrafted items made in the USA.” 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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