IELTS® General Reading Practice 52

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Read the text below and answer Questions 9-14.

Community Education - Short Courses:  Business

Business Basics

Gain foundation knowledge for employment in an accounts position with bookkeeping and business basics through to intermediate level; suitable for anyone requiring knowledge from the ground up.

  1. Code B/ED011
  2. 16th or 24th April 9am–4pm
  3. Cost $420

Bookkeeping

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of bookkeeping and a great deal of hands-on experience

  1. Code B/ED020
  2. 19th April 9am–2.30pm (one session only so advance bookings essential)
  3. Cost $250

New Enterprise Module 

Understand company structures, tax rates, deductions, employer obligations, profit and loss statements, GST and budgeting for tax.

  1. Code B/ED030
  2. 15th or 27th May 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $105

Social Networking – the Latest Marketing Tool 

This broad overview gives you the opportunity to analyse what web technologies are available and how they can benefit your organisation.

  1. Code B/ED033
  2. 1st or 8th or 15th June 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $95

Communication 

Take the fear out of talking to large gatherings of people. Gain the public-speaking experience that will empower you with better communication skills and confidence.

  1. Code B/ED401
  2. 12th or 13th or 14th July 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $90
 
9. TRUE - The information provided under “Business Basics” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key words “beginners” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “suitable for anyone requiring knowledge from the ground up.” Luckily, we had prepared for different ways to say “beginners”, and “ground up” is an excellent synonym. Therefore, this would be TRUE.
 
10. FALSE - The information provided under “Bookkeeping” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the absolute word “no” and the key word “practical” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “and a great deal of hands-on experience”. Luckily, we had prepared for different ways to say “practical”, and “hands-on” is an excellent synonym. Therefore, this would be FALSE, since the passage states that there is a great deal of this.
 
11. NOT GIVEN - We will need to remain in the “Bookkeeping” section for this specific question. Scanning for our key word “advanced” and the absolute word “only” does not bring up any results in the information. Nothing regarding the exclusivity of this course is presented in the information. However, nothing states that the course is only for beginner or intermediate students. Therefore, this is NOT GIVEN.
 
12. NOT GIVEN - The information provided under “New Enterprise Model” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. Although the word “profit” is included in the passage (which is similar to our key word, “profitable” in the question), nothing in the information states that the course will help one's business become more profitable or become commercially successful. However, nothing states the contrary. Therefore, this is also NOT GIVEN.
 
13. FALSE - The information provided under “Social Networking” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key word “specific” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “This broad overview gives you the opportunity to analyse what web technologies are available and how they can benefit your organisation.” The fact that the word “broad” is included, and the fact that the information states that “technologies” will be used, we can understand that the course will not focus on one specific type of website. Since this is contradictory information, it is FALSE.
 
14. TRUE - The information provided under “Communication” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key words “speaking” and “audience”, while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to these phrases: “talking to large gatherings of people” and “Gain the public-speaking experience”. The fact that the information tells potential participants that they will gain the experience of talking to large gatherings of people shows that this can be considered TRUE.



This reading practice simulates the Identifying Information question type of the IELTS General Reading test. Read the passage(s) and answer questions 9-14.
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. Business Basics is appropriate for beginners.

10. Bookkeeping has no practical component.

11. Bookkeeping is intended for advanced students only.

12. The New Enterprise Module can help your business become more profitable.

13. Social Networking focuses on a specific website to help your business succeed.

14. The Communication class involves speaking in front of an audience.






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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Community Education (“Identifying Information” Strategy Video Included)


Read the text below and answer Questions 9-14.

Community Education - Short Courses:  Business

Business Basics

Gain foundation knowledge for employment in an accounts position with bookkeeping and business basics through to intermediate level; suitable for anyone requiring knowledge from the ground up.

  1. Code B/ED011
  2. 16th or 24th April 9am–4pm
  3. Cost $420

Bookkeeping

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of bookkeeping and a great deal of hands-on experience

  1. Code B/ED020
  2. 19th April 9am–2.30pm (one session only so advance bookings essential)
  3. Cost $250

New Enterprise Module 

Understand company structures, tax rates, deductions, employer obligations, profit and loss statements, GST and budgeting for tax.

  1. Code B/ED030
  2. 15th or 27th May 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $105

Social Networking – the Latest Marketing Tool 

This broad overview gives you the opportunity to analyse what web technologies are available and how they can benefit your organisation.

  1. Code B/ED033
  2. 1st or 8th or 15th June 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $95

Communication 

Take the fear out of talking to large gatherings of people. Gain the public-speaking experience that will empower you with better communication skills and confidence.

  1. Code B/ED401
  2. 12th or 13th or 14th July 6pm–9pm
  3. Cost $90
 
9. TRUE - The information provided under “Business Basics” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key words “beginners” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “suitable for anyone requiring knowledge from the ground up.” Luckily, we had prepared for different ways to say “beginners”, and “ground up” is an excellent synonym. Therefore, this would be TRUE.
 
10. FALSE - The information provided under “Bookkeeping” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the absolute word “no” and the key word “practical” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “and a great deal of hands-on experience”. Luckily, we had prepared for different ways to say “practical”, and “hands-on” is an excellent synonym. Therefore, this would be FALSE, since the passage states that there is a great deal of this.
 
11. NOT GIVEN - We will need to remain in the “Bookkeeping” section for this specific question. Scanning for our key word “advanced” and the absolute word “only” does not bring up any results in the information. Nothing regarding the exclusivity of this course is presented in the information. However, nothing states that the course is only for beginner or intermediate students. Therefore, this is NOT GIVEN.
 
12. NOT GIVEN - The information provided under “New Enterprise Model” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. Although the word “profit” is included in the passage (which is similar to our key word, “profitable” in the question), nothing in the information states that the course will help one's business become more profitable or become commercially successful. However, nothing states the contrary. Therefore, this is also NOT GIVEN.
 
13. FALSE - The information provided under “Social Networking” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key word “specific” while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to this phrase: “This broad overview gives you the opportunity to analyse what web technologies are available and how they can benefit your organisation.” The fact that the word “broad” is included, and the fact that the information states that “technologies” will be used, we can understand that the course will not focus on one specific type of website. Since this is contradictory information, it is FALSE.
 
14. TRUE - The information provided under “Communication” will be necessary in finding the answer to this question. When scanning for the key words “speaking” and “audience”, while also thinking of our synonyms, we should be drawn to these phrases: “talking to large gatherings of people” and “Gain the public-speaking experience”. The fact that the information tells potential participants that they will gain the experience of talking to large gatherings of people shows that this can be considered TRUE.
 
Video Answer Explanation

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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