IELTS® General Reading Practice 43

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Online Teachers: The Real Deal!

Let’s face it: all of us are busy with work, school, and trying to get some down time in between. This is just one reason why online teaching has provided great opportunities for people who want to study a language and fit it into their busy schedules. Check out our expert English language teachers below and let us know which one you would like to have your first free lesson with!

A - Pamela Harris

Born and raised in the United States, Pamela is one of our expert teachers in the English language. Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis. She currently lives in Italy and enjoys traveling around Europe.

B - Salvatore Mineo

Mr. Mineo has a CELTA Degree from the University of Cambridge and has been teaching English for 17 years. He enjoys teaching Business English and often travels to conferences that specialize in discussing new ways to teach executives languages. He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.

C - Angela Landry

Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games. She has studied a “learning-through-playing” approach and is our highest-rated teacher! There is currently a waitlist for her courses.

D - Michael Sattler

Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching. He specializes in writing and helping university students excel in their thesis preparation. As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.

E - Brittany Feigel

A recent graduate of a Teaching Masters program in London, Ms. Feigel brings her classroom experience into the online teaching world. She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

BLUE FIN RESTAURANT
OPEN ALL DAY!

Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group. It is located on Perryville Highway Business District, right behind the Ground Round Playground and Sports Center.

For our GRAND OPENING, we will be open all day for the next month (September 2019). We have internationally renowned chefs, affordable menus, and a variety of cuisine! While we specialize in fish, seafood, and New Orleans comfort food, we also offer a buffet service with global dishes.

We have separate areas for business lunches and we welcome all special occasions. Do you have a birthday, anniversary, or important get-together coming up? If so, call our manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate! We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.

New Opening Pricing

(These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.)

Prices include an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and one entree

  1. Adults: $25.00
  2. Children (under 13 years old): $10.00
  3. Senior Citizens (over 65 years old): $15.00
     

 

1. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
2. B - The statement, “He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.” shows that this is correct.
3. C - The statement, “Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games.” proves that this is correct.
4. D - The statement, “Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching.” shows that this is correct.
5. E - The statement, “She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.” shows that this is correct.
6. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
7. A - The statement, “Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis.”
8. TRUE - The statement, Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group.” proves that this is correct.
9. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
10. FALSE  - The statement, “ If so, call our Manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate!” shows that this is correct.
11. FALSE - The statement, “We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.” proves that this is correct.
12. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
13. TRUE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
14. FALSE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
 
1. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
2. B - The statement, “He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.” shows that this is correct.
3. C - The statement, “Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games.” proves that this is correct.
4. D - The statement, “Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching.” shows that this is correct.
5. E - The statement, “She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.” shows that this is correct.
6. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
7. A - The statement, “Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis.”
8. TRUE - The statement, Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group.” proves that this is correct.
9. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
10. FALSE  - The statement, “ If so, call our Manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate!” shows that this is correct.
11. FALSE - The statement, “We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.” proves that this is correct.
12. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
13. TRUE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
14. FALSE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove 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
Look at the following statements (Questions 1-7) and A list of people below.

Match each statement with the correct person A, B, C, D or E.

Write the correct number A-E in boxes Questions 1-7 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.
A list of people
  1. Pamela Harris
  2. Salvatore Mineo
  3. Angela Landry
  4. Michael Sattler
  5. Brittany Feigel

1. This teacher has been with the company for the least amount of time.

2. This teacher can teach small groups.

3. This teacher is perfect for children.

4. This teacher had a different career prior to teaching.

5. This teacher contributed her work to the entire company.

6. This teacher will have the cheapest rate for a short time.

7. This teacher specializes in colloquial language.

Questions 8-14
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? In boxes 8-14 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.

8. Blue Fin is part of a larger restaurant group.

9. The restaurant includes breakfast items.

10. The restaurant currently does not have a manager as part of its staff.

11. Blue Fin can accommodate business lunches with over 30 people.

12. There are dessert options in the buffet.

13. Prices are generally higher than the special offers in October.

14. Senior Citizens will always pay $15.00 for the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and one entree.






Answer Sheet
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22
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23
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24
N/A
25
N/A
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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40
N/A


Reading Passage Vocabulary
Online Teachers/ Blue Fin Restaurant


Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Online Teachers: The Real Deal!

Let’s face it: all of us are busy with work, school, and trying to get some down time in between. This is just one reason why online teaching has provided great opportunities for people who want to study a language and fit it into their busy schedules. Check out our expert English language teachers below and let us know which one you would like to have your first free lesson with!

A - Pamela Harris

Born and raised in the United States, Pamela is one of our expert teachers in the English language. Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis. She currently lives in Italy and enjoys traveling around Europe.

B - Salvatore Mineo

Mr. Mineo has a CELTA Degree from the University of Cambridge and has been teaching English for 17 years. He enjoys teaching Business English and often travels to conferences that specialize in discussing new ways to teach executives languages. He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.

C - Angela Landry

Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games. She has studied a “learning-through-playing” approach and is our highest-rated teacher! There is currently a waitlist for her courses.

D - Michael Sattler

Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching. He specializes in writing and helping university students excel in their thesis preparation. As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.

E - Brittany Feigel

A recent graduate of a Teaching Masters program in London, Ms. Feigel brings her classroom experience into the online teaching world. She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.

BLUE FIN RESTAURANT
OPEN ALL DAY!

Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group. It is located on Perryville Highway Business District, right behind the Ground Round Playground and Sports Center.

For our GRAND OPENING, we will be open all day for the next month (September 2019). We have internationally renowned chefs, affordable menus, and a variety of cuisine! While we specialize in fish, seafood, and New Orleans comfort food, we also offer a buffet service with global dishes.

We have separate areas for business lunches and we welcome all special occasions. Do you have a birthday, anniversary, or important get-together coming up? If so, call our manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate! We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.

New Opening Pricing

(These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.)

Prices include an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet and one entree

  1. Adults: $25.00
  2. Children (under 13 years old): $10.00
  3. Senior Citizens (over 65 years old): $15.00
     

 

1. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
2. B - The statement, “He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.” shows that this is correct.
3. C - The statement, “Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games.” proves that this is correct.
4. D - The statement, “Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching.” shows that this is correct.
5. E - The statement, “She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.” shows that this is correct.
6. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
7. A - The statement, “Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis.”
8. TRUE - The statement, Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group.” proves that this is correct.
9. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
10. FALSE  - The statement, “ If so, call our Manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate!” shows that this is correct.
11. FALSE - The statement, “We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.” proves that this is correct.
12. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
13. TRUE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
14. FALSE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
 
1. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
2. B - The statement, “He can also teach group classes with a maximum of 5 people.” shows that this is correct.
3. C - The statement, “Specializing in teaching young learners, Angela is an expert at captivating the attention of children and teenagers through exciting lessons and interactive games.” proves that this is correct.
4. D - The statement, “Mr. Sattler is an ex-journalist who has devoted the last 5 years of his life to language teaching.” shows that this is correct.
5. E - The statement, “She is our expert in materials creation and has developed all of our online tutorials, which are used company-wide.” shows that this is correct.
6. D - The statement, “As the newest member of our team, Mr. Sattler is the only teacher offering a discount on his courses this month.” shows that this is correct.
7. A - The statement, “Her passions include teaching American slang, phrasal verbs, and film analysis.”
8. TRUE - The statement, Our new restaurant, Blue Fin, is part of the McClelland Restaurant Group.” proves that this is correct.
9. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
10. FALSE  - The statement, “ If so, call our Manager, Beth Watkins, to book a special table at a discounted rate!” shows that this is correct.
11. FALSE - The statement, “We can accomodate parties no larger than 25 people at this time, however.” proves that this is correct.
12. NOT GIVEN - This information is not given in the passage.
13. TRUE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove this to be correct.
14. FALSE - The statements, “These low, special prices are valid only for one month, until October 2019. After this date, prices will increase to their normal rates.” prove 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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