IELTS® General Reading Practice 46

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Train at home to WORK AT HOME!

McMannus Inc. offers affordable, portable, self-paced training for today’s in-demand remote careers!

You can get a Career Certificate in as little as 4 months, although some certifications may take longer. Explore our most popular options below:

  1. Medical Coding and Billing: Help Benefits Programs assess their patient appointments and insurance programs.
  2. Bookkeeping: This course is only meant for those who wish to work in a legal setting, and it will focus on tracking legal records.
  3. Wedding and Event Planning: Get ready to walk your clients down the aisle!
  4. Insurance Claims Adjuster: Are you interested in details and making sure that everything is being paid? Then this job is right for you.

Get your Associate Degree in as little as 16 months, although some certifications may take longer. Here are our options currently accepting online students for Fall 2020:

  1. Social Work: Are you passionate about helping children or low-income communities? With this program, you are able to get credits through internships in the community, allowing you to create great relationships with others.
  2. Medical Specialities: Our most popular program in this field is Dental Hygiene.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Why not start your own business from home?

REMEMBER: With McMannus Inc., you will never have any physical classes to attend.  We are DEAC accredited and offer a tuition discount for eligible military and their spouses.

Contact us today for FREE information!

Read the text below and answer questions 8-14.

FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION: KULGON ACADEMY

We are not just treating addiction. We are treating people through physical activity and a healthier mindset. Read below for more information about our program.

A - WHO WE ARE

Kulgon Academy is a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for young adults. Clients (referred to as students) learn to address and change the life patterns they have developed, which have led to poor outcomes. Students advance their education, receive extensive career training, develop leadership and social skills, and build character.

B - OUR PROGRAM

Our outstanding success rate sets us apart from other treatment centers. Our long-term program gives the brain the opportunity to rewire itself. A full program takes about 20 months to complete but our students are able to return home for vacations and break periods.

C - OUR DIFFERENCE

Eliminating solely destructive behavior is not the solution to lasting sobriety. In order to best avoid relapse, a completely new life-style with a change in attitude, behavior, and values must be taught. This is our mission and how we are different from other treatment centers. We offer lasting, life-time support to all of our graduates, including group mentoring sessions and an annual retreat.

D - OUR FEE

We are sponsored by private charitable foundations and supportive businesses. Thanks to this funding, except for a one-time intake fee, the program is free! As we run on funds, however, we are only able to accept up to 20 students over the course of this year. If you, or someone you know, is under 30 years old and suffering from substance addiction, you may be eligible for the program.

E - OUR PILLARS

We have four essential elements of addiction recovery, including understanding, coping, adopting a new lifestyle, and living out your dreams. These are the major themes that students will study through group sessions, journaling, and lectures, once they arrive at Kulgon Academy.

F - TESTIMONIALS

Check out our website for more information about testimonials and how others have benefited from the services offered at Kulgon Academy! However, our most recent graduate, Shelby Knapp, states: “I went through nine different programs with no success. The Kulgon Academy completely changed that for me and now I feel like a different person.”

G - CONTACT US

We can help you too! Visit our website, which is located on the back of this brochure, and visit our website in order to schedule a call. If you know someone who might benefit from our services, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

1. FALSE - The statement, “McMannus Inc. offers affordable, portable, self-paced training for today’s in-demand remote careers!” shows that this is only for remote careers, making this false.
2. TRUE - The statement, “Bookkeeping: This course is only meant for those who wish to work in a legal setting, and it will focus on tracking legal records.” proves that this is correct.
3. NOT GIVEN - This is not included in the text.
4. FALSE- The statement, “Get your Associate Degree in as little as 16 months, although some certifications may take longer.” shows that the minimum time is 16 months, making this false.
5. TRUE- The statement, “...you are able to get credits through internships in the community, allowing you to create great relationships with others.” proves that this is correct.
6. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
7. FALSE- The statement, “We are DEAC accredited and offer a tuition discount for eligible military and their spouses.” proves that this is false, as spouses are also involved.
8. C- The statement, “We offer lasting, life-time support to all of our graduates, including group mentoring sessions and an annual retreat.” proves this to be correct.
9. A- The statement, “Students advance their education, receive extensive career training, develop leadership and social skills, and build character.” proves that this is correct.
10. B- The statement, “A full program takes about 20 months to complete but our students are able to return home for vacations and break periods.” proves this to be correct.
11. E- The statement, “These are the major themes that students will study through group sessions, journaling, and lectures, once they arrive at Kulgon Academy.” proves this to be correct.
12. G- The statement, “If you know someone who might benefit from our services, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.” proves this to be correct.
13. D- The statement, “If you, or someone you know, is under 30 years old and suffering from substance addiction, you may be eligible for the program.” proves this to be correct.
14. F- The statements, “However, our most recent graduate, Shelby Knapp, states: “I went through nine different programs with no success. The Kulgon Academy completely changed that for me and now I feel like a different person.” 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
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. McMannus Inc. provides courses for all types of careers.

2. The Bookkeeping course is only for students interested in a career in the legal setting.

3. A student can take only Wedding Planning instead of Wedding Planning and Events.

4. The maximum amount of time for all Associate Degree programs is 16 months.

5. The Social Work program involves working directly with the public.

6. Students cannot study during the Summer Months.

7. McMannus Inc. offers a discount only for those serving in the military.

Questions 8-14

Look at the following statements.

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

In which paragraph can you find the following information?

NB You may use any letter more than once.

8. services offered post-graduation from Kulgon Academy

9. specific skills that can be learned at Kulgon Academy

10. how long the program typically lasts

11. what students will study and work through at Kulgon Academy

12. how to refer a friend to Kulgon Academy

13. eligibility for the program

14. a success story from a past student






Answer Sheet
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
N/A
16
N/A
17
N/A
18
N/A
19
N/A
20
N/A
21
N/A
22
N/A
23
N/A
24
N/A
25
N/A
26
N/A
27
N/A
28
N/A
29
N/A
30
N/A
31
N/A
32
N/A
33
N/A
34
N/A
35
N/A
36
N/A
37
N/A
38
N/A
39
N/A
40
N/A


Reading Passage Vocabulary
Career trainings / Freedom from Addictions


Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Train at home to WORK AT HOME!

McMannus Inc. offers affordable, portable, self-paced training for today’s in-demand remote careers!

You can get a Career Certificate in as little as 4 months, although some certifications may take longer. Explore our most popular options below:

  1. Medical Coding and Billing: Help Benefits Programs assess their patient appointments and insurance programs.
  2. Bookkeeping: This course is only meant for those who wish to work in a legal setting, and it will focus on tracking legal records.
  3. Wedding and Event Planning: Get ready to walk your clients down the aisle!
  4. Insurance Claims Adjuster: Are you interested in details and making sure that everything is being paid? Then this job is right for you.

Get your Associate Degree in as little as 16 months, although some certifications may take longer. Here are our options currently accepting online students for Fall 2020:

  1. Social Work: Are you passionate about helping children or low-income communities? With this program, you are able to get credits through internships in the community, allowing you to create great relationships with others.
  2. Medical Specialities: Our most popular program in this field is Dental Hygiene.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Why not start your own business from home?

REMEMBER: With McMannus Inc., you will never have any physical classes to attend.  We are DEAC accredited and offer a tuition discount for eligible military and their spouses.

Contact us today for FREE information!

Read the text below and answer questions 8-14.

FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION: KULGON ACADEMY

We are not just treating addiction. We are treating people through physical activity and a healthier mindset. Read below for more information about our program.

A - WHO WE ARE

Kulgon Academy is a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for young adults. Clients (referred to as students) learn to address and change the life patterns they have developed, which have led to poor outcomes. Students advance their education, receive extensive career training, develop leadership and social skills, and build character.

B - OUR PROGRAM

Our outstanding success rate sets us apart from other treatment centers. Our long-term program gives the brain the opportunity to rewire itself. A full program takes about 20 months to complete but our students are able to return home for vacations and break periods.

C - OUR DIFFERENCE

Eliminating solely destructive behavior is not the solution to lasting sobriety. In order to best avoid relapse, a completely new life-style with a change in attitude, behavior, and values must be taught. This is our mission and how we are different from other treatment centers. We offer lasting, life-time support to all of our graduates, including group mentoring sessions and an annual retreat.

D - OUR FEE

We are sponsored by private charitable foundations and supportive businesses. Thanks to this funding, except for a one-time intake fee, the program is free! As we run on funds, however, we are only able to accept up to 20 students over the course of this year. If you, or someone you know, is under 30 years old and suffering from substance addiction, you may be eligible for the program.

E - OUR PILLARS

We have four essential elements of addiction recovery, including understanding, coping, adopting a new lifestyle, and living out your dreams. These are the major themes that students will study through group sessions, journaling, and lectures, once they arrive at Kulgon Academy.

F - TESTIMONIALS

Check out our website for more information about testimonials and how others have benefited from the services offered at Kulgon Academy! However, our most recent graduate, Shelby Knapp, states: “I went through nine different programs with no success. The Kulgon Academy completely changed that for me and now I feel like a different person.”

G - CONTACT US

We can help you too! Visit our website, which is located on the back of this brochure, and visit our website in order to schedule a call. If you know someone who might benefit from our services, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

1. FALSE - The statement, “McMannus Inc. offers affordable, portable, self-paced training for today’s in-demand remote careers!” shows that this is only for remote careers, making this false.
2. TRUE - The statement, “Bookkeeping: This course is only meant for those who wish to work in a legal setting, and it will focus on tracking legal records.” proves that this is correct.
3. NOT GIVEN - This is not included in the text.
4. FALSE- The statement, “Get your Associate Degree in as little as 16 months, although some certifications may take longer.” shows that the minimum time is 16 months, making this false.
5. TRUE- The statement, “...you are able to get credits through internships in the community, allowing you to create great relationships with others.” proves that this is correct.
6. NOT GIVEN- This is not included in the text.
7. FALSE- The statement, “We are DEAC accredited and offer a tuition discount for eligible military and their spouses.” proves that this is false, as spouses are also involved.
8. C- The statement, “We offer lasting, life-time support to all of our graduates, including group mentoring sessions and an annual retreat.” proves this to be correct.
9. A- The statement, “Students advance their education, receive extensive career training, develop leadership and social skills, and build character.” proves that this is correct.
10. B- The statement, “A full program takes about 20 months to complete but our students are able to return home for vacations and break periods.” proves this to be correct.
11. E- The statement, “These are the major themes that students will study through group sessions, journaling, and lectures, once they arrive at Kulgon Academy.” proves this to be correct.
12. G- The statement, “If you know someone who might benefit from our services, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.” proves this to be correct.
13. D- The statement, “If you, or someone you know, is under 30 years old and suffering from substance addiction, you may be eligible for the program.” proves this to be correct.
14. F- The statements, “However, our most recent graduate, Shelby Knapp, states: “I went through nine different programs with no success. The Kulgon Academy completely changed that for me and now I feel like a different person.” 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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