IELTS® General Reading Practice 7

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Furniture - To - Go

Furniture - To - Go is a company of specialist furniture suppliers. In addition to our physical locations across the United States, we also offer online services and same-day delivery in over 20 states. Our dedicated Customer Service Specialists are ready to tackle your furniture questions and offer unparalleled advice regarding your next re-furnishing project. Below you will find more information regarding our various package offers.

Luxury Living Room, Kitchen, and Powder Room Set: Starting at $10,350

Our luxury set truly has everything you would need to make the first floor of your new home shine! It is perfect for those who value luxury and style. Despite being at our highest price point, this package is also our highest-selling offering.

Luxury Living Room Pack        

  1. One three-piece sofa            
  2. Two leather armchairs        
  3. Two diamond-studded lamps    
  4. Three footrests                    
  5. One leather sofa cover                

Luxury Kitchen Pack

  1. Marble cooking island
  2. Three kitchen counters
  3. Technological appliances
  4. Express Espresso Machine
  5. Marble flooring

Luxury Powder Room Pack  

  1. Italian marble sink
  2. Hydro-powered bath and shower
  3. Fully-equipped washer and dryer system
  4. Designated “guest area” with mirror

Essentials Kits: Starting at $6,375

Our essentials package is perfect for a modest take on fine living. These options provide great alternatives for those interested in saving money while decorating their houses with style! Each pack comes equipped with a 30-day warranty, which is an exclusive offer with only this kit.

Essentials Living Room Pack

  1. One two-piece sofa
  2. One polyester armchair
  3. One wooden bookshelf
  4. One Oriental rug

Essentials Bedroom Pack

  1. Two single beds
  2. One vanity with mirror
  3. One cotton-lined futon
  4. Two sets of drapes

Essentials Kitchen Pack   

  1. One 920-watt microwave
  2. One electric coffee maker
  3. One convection oven 
  4. Two kitchen stools

Although starting prices listed are non-negotiable, customers can tailor each pack to their needs. Therefore, it is possible to mix-and-match various offerings within either the Luxury Kits or the Essentials Kits, but we are not able to cater requests involving combinations between Luxury Kits and Essentials Kits.

Interested customers should contact our Service Department at 855-388-0385 or order from our website at www.furniture2go.com. 

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.
 

Marathon Madness! 

It's that time again: the Annual Marathon for Cancer Research hosted by the Huntsman Society is fast approaching! Read below for more information regarding this year's marathon on October 24th, 2018, and how you can get involved.

Run for the Huntsman Society

Every year, thousands of people around the United States gather together to be part of the Atlanta, Georgia chapter of the Huntsman Society's Marathon running team! Our society raises money for both children and adults who are currently undergoing cancer treatments in the United States.

Looking to Donate?

If you cannot participate in the marathon, but would like to donate, please click this link to complete our online donation form. Our society thanks you in advance for your contribution, and we hope you will be able to join us on marathon day to cheer on our runners.

Join Our Team

If you are planning to create a team for the marathon, a $75 registration fee will be payable upon sending the application. Since all places are guaranteed at the time of sign-up, the registration fee is non-refundable. All spots must be reserved in advance, as it will not be possible to sign up on the day of the marathon.

We also offer an “Exclusive Huntsman Running Group (EHRG)” package that offers places to runners based on the strength of their applications. As part of the application process, applicants must commit to raising at least $5000 before October 24, 2018, the day of the marathon. Around 25% of these applications are accepted, and we suggest including as much information on your application as possible in order to be considered for this prestigious group. Please contact our offices for further detail on how to apply

Supporting You With Every Step

Taking part in the Huntsman Society Marathon is an excellent way to join in on a rewarding challenge as well as contribute to a wonderful philanthropic mission. For runners who commit to donating at least $3,000, our society will offer a fully supportive community throughout the marathon journey, which includes:

  • Five private training sessions with a personal trainer, on the days of your choosing
  • Personalized training plans for all levels of running experience
  • A spot in the Huntsman Society Marathon Facebook group to touch base with your team
  • Designated “Pit Stop” areas along the route on marathon day
  • A much deserved (and needed!) massage as soon as you cross the finish line

Ask Us

If you have any questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page. You may contact us by submitting a question through our online contact form. A representative will get back to you within 48 hours.

How Your Donations Help

Each and every penny raised goes towards offering support, advice, and treatments to patients suffering from cancer. It has been estimated that 1 in every 3 people knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Our mission is to change this statistic for the better, and it will not be possible without your assistance. The Huntsman Society thanks you in advance for your contribution, passion, and energy towards our cause.

1. TRUE - The statement, “In addition to our physical locations across the United States, we also offer online services and same-day delivery in over 20 states.” proves this to be true, along with the statement at the end of the passage, “Interested customers should contact our Service Department at 855-388-0385 or order from our website at www.furniture2go.com”.
2. NOT GIVEN - This is not included in the passage.
3. FALSE - The fact that the Luxury Kits includes the phrase, “Starting at $10,350” and the Essentials Kits includes the phrase “Starting at $6,375”, proves this to be impossible.
4. TRUE - The statement, “...this package is also one of our highest-selling offerings” proves this to be true.
5. FALSE - Only the Essentials Kits offers a warranty, as proven with the statement, “Each pack comes equipped with a 30-day warranty, which is an exclusive offer with only this kit”. Therefore, this is false.
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the text.
7. TRUE - The statement, “...we are not able to cater requests involving combinations between Luxury Kits and Essentials Kits.” proves this to be true.
 
8. raises - The statement, “Our society raises money for both children and adults who are currently undergoing cancer treatments in the United States” shows that 'raises' is the only correct option.
9. donate - The statement, “If you cannot participate in the marathon, but would like to donate, please click this link to complete our online donation form.” shows that 'donate' is the only correct option.
 
10. registration fee - The statement, “Since all places are guaranteed at the time of sign-up, the registration fee is non-refundable.” shows that 'registration fee' is the only correct option.
 
11. applications - The statement, “Around 25% of these applications are accepted, and we suggest including as much information on your application as possible in order to be considered for this prestigious group.” shows that 'applications' is the only correct option.
 
12. personal trainer - The statement, “Five private training sessions with a personal trainer, on the days of your choosing” shows that 'personal trainer' is the only correct option.
 
13. representative - The statement, “A representative will get back to you within 48 hours.” shows that 'representative' is the only correct option.
14. patients - The statement, “Each and every penny raised goes towards offering support, advice, and treatments to patients suffering from cancer.” shows that 'patients' is the only correct option.



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. It is possible to order from Furniture - To - Go online.

2. The same-day delivery comes at an additional cost.

3. The most basic Luxury Living Room, Kitchen, and Powder Room Set is cheaper than the Essentials Kits.

4. The most popular package for customers is the Luxury Living Room, Kitchen, and Powder Room Set.

5. Both the Luxury and Essentials Kits offer a warranty.

6. The Essentials Kits are popular with newlywed couples.

7. Customers cannot order a pack with items from both the Luxury and Essentials Kits.

Questions 8-14
Complete the sentences below.

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

Write your answers in 8-14 on your answer sheet.

The Huntsman Society funds for cancer patients in the United States.

If one cannot participate in the marathon, it is still possible to by completing an online form.

It is not possible to receive a refund on the , since all spots are guaranteed when signing up.

Approximately a quarter of the that are sent in are accepted into the Exclusive Huntsman Running Group.

One-on-one sessions with a are provided for runners who  donate at least $3,000.

A will respond to requests via the online contact form within two days.

All donations received by the Huntsman Society will go towards helping cancer .






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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Furniture Packages/ The Annual Marathon



Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

Furniture - To - Go

Furniture - To - Go is a company of specialist furniture suppliers. In addition to our physical locations across the United States, we also offer online services and same-day delivery in over 20 states. Our dedicated Customer Service Specialists are ready to tackle your furniture questions and offer unparalleled advice regarding your next re-furnishing project. Below you will find more information regarding our various package offers.

Luxury Living Room, Kitchen, and Powder Room Set: Starting at $10,350

Our luxury set truly has everything you would need to make the first floor of your new home shine! It is perfect for those who value luxury and style. Despite being at our highest price point, this package is also our highest-selling offering.

Luxury Living Room Pack        

  1. One three-piece sofa            
  2. Two leather armchairs        
  3. Two diamond-studded lamps    
  4. Three footrests                    
  5. One leather sofa cover                

Luxury Kitchen Pack

  1. Marble cooking island
  2. Three kitchen counters
  3. Technological appliances
  4. Express Espresso Machine
  5. Marble flooring

Luxury Powder Room Pack  

  1. Italian marble sink
  2. Hydro-powered bath and shower
  3. Fully-equipped washer and dryer system
  4. Designated “guest area” with mirror

Essentials Kits: Starting at $6,375

Our essentials package is perfect for a modest take on fine living. These options provide great alternatives for those interested in saving money while decorating their houses with style! Each pack comes equipped with a 30-day warranty, which is an exclusive offer with only this kit.

Essentials Living Room Pack

  1. One two-piece sofa
  2. One polyester armchair
  3. One wooden bookshelf
  4. One Oriental rug

Essentials Bedroom Pack

  1. Two single beds
  2. One vanity with mirror
  3. One cotton-lined futon
  4. Two sets of drapes

Essentials Kitchen Pack   

  1. One 920-watt microwave
  2. One electric coffee maker
  3. One convection oven 
  4. Two kitchen stools

Although starting prices listed are non-negotiable, customers can tailor each pack to their needs. Therefore, it is possible to mix-and-match various offerings within either the Luxury Kits or the Essentials Kits, but we are not able to cater requests involving combinations between Luxury Kits and Essentials Kits.

Interested customers should contact our Service Department at 855-388-0385 or order from our website at www.furniture2go.com. 

Read the information below and answer questions 8-14.
 

Marathon Madness! 

It's that time again: the Annual Marathon for Cancer Research hosted by the Huntsman Society is fast approaching! Read below for more information regarding this year's marathon on October 24th, 2018, and how you can get involved.

Run for the Huntsman Society

Every year, thousands of people around the United States gather together to be part of the Atlanta, Georgia chapter of the Huntsman Society's Marathon running team! Our society raises money for both children and adults who are currently undergoing cancer treatments in the United States.

Looking to Donate?

If you cannot participate in the marathon, but would like to donate, please click this link to complete our online donation form. Our society thanks you in advance for your contribution, and we hope you will be able to join us on marathon day to cheer on our runners.

Join Our Team

If you are planning to create a team for the marathon, a $75 registration fee will be payable upon sending the application. Since all places are guaranteed at the time of sign-up, the registration fee is non-refundable. All spots must be reserved in advance, as it will not be possible to sign up on the day of the marathon.

We also offer an “Exclusive Huntsman Running Group (EHRG)” package that offers places to runners based on the strength of their applications. As part of the application process, applicants must commit to raising at least $5000 before October 24, 2018, the day of the marathon. Around 25% of these applications are accepted, and we suggest including as much information on your application as possible in order to be considered for this prestigious group. Please contact our offices for further detail on how to apply

Supporting You With Every Step

Taking part in the Huntsman Society Marathon is an excellent way to join in on a rewarding challenge as well as contribute to a wonderful philanthropic mission. For runners who commit to donating at least $3,000, our society will offer a fully supportive community throughout the marathon journey, which includes:

  • Five private training sessions with a personal trainer, on the days of your choosing
  • Personalized training plans for all levels of running experience
  • A spot in the Huntsman Society Marathon Facebook group to touch base with your team
  • Designated “Pit Stop” areas along the route on marathon day
  • A much deserved (and needed!) massage as soon as you cross the finish line

Ask Us

If you have any questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page. You may contact us by submitting a question through our online contact form. A representative will get back to you within 48 hours.

How Your Donations Help

Each and every penny raised goes towards offering support, advice, and treatments to patients suffering from cancer. It has been estimated that 1 in every 3 people knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Our mission is to change this statistic for the better, and it will not be possible without your assistance. The Huntsman Society thanks you in advance for your contribution, passion, and energy towards our cause.

1. TRUE - The statement, “In addition to our physical locations across the United States, we also offer online services and same-day delivery in over 20 states.” proves this to be true, along with the statement at the end of the passage, “Interested customers should contact our Service Department at 855-388-0385 or order from our website at www.furniture2go.com”.
2. NOT GIVEN - This is not included in the passage.
3. FALSE - The fact that the Luxury Kits includes the phrase, “Starting at $10,350” and the Essentials Kits includes the phrase “Starting at $6,375”, proves this to be impossible.
4. TRUE - The statement, “...this package is also one of our highest-selling offerings” proves this to be true.
5. FALSE - Only the Essentials Kits offers a warranty, as proven with the statement, “Each pack comes equipped with a 30-day warranty, which is an exclusive offer with only this kit”. Therefore, this is false.
6. NOT GIVEN - This information is not provided in the text.
7. TRUE - The statement, “...we are not able to cater requests involving combinations between Luxury Kits and Essentials Kits.” proves this to be true.
 
8. raises - The statement, “Our society raises money for both children and adults who are currently undergoing cancer treatments in the United States” shows that 'raises' is the only correct option.
9. donate - The statement, “If you cannot participate in the marathon, but would like to donate, please click this link to complete our online donation form.” shows that 'donate' is the only correct option.
 
10. registration fee - The statement, “Since all places are guaranteed at the time of sign-up, the registration fee is non-refundable.” shows that 'registration fee' is the only correct option.
 
11. applications - The statement, “Around 25% of these applications are accepted, and we suggest including as much information on your application as possible in order to be considered for this prestigious group.” shows that 'applications' is the only correct option.
 
12. personal trainer - The statement, “Five private training sessions with a personal trainer, on the days of your choosing” shows that 'personal trainer' is the only correct option.
 
13. representative - The statement, “A representative will get back to you within 48 hours.” shows that 'representative' is the only correct option.
14. patients - The statement, “Each and every penny raised goes towards offering support, advice, and treatments to patients suffering from cancer.” shows that 'patients' is the only correct option.
 
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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