Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1

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Section 1:


Dear Householder,

Request for unwanted but useful items for school jumble sale

As part of this year’s fund-raising event, Edgehill College will be holding a jumble sale on May 24th. All profits will be used to assist in funding of the new children’s play ground in the centre of town.

We are now requesting donations of unwanted but useful items of usable quality to sell on our jumble sale stalls. We would much appreciate donations in any of the following categories:

  • Clothes – Please place washed items in bags or boxes and mark them ‘For Men’, ‘For Women’ or ‘For Children’
  • Kitchenware – any items are of use (e.g. plates, cups, glasses, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment such as food mixers etc), currently in short supply.
  • Books– complete books (no missing pages), we are especially looking for children’s novels.
  • Miscellaneous – Ornaments, pictures, toys, games, handbags etc. Please place in boxes and write the names of the items inside clearly on the box.

We will also be collecting food which will be donated to the local homeless shelter. If you wish to make a food donation please provide tinned, dried or packet foodstuffs only.  Please do not donate food items that are likely to spoil.

If you are able to, please bring your donated items to the school reception (Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3.00pm).  Otherwise, for larger loads, if you are unable to get to school, we can arrange for a member of the team to collect your items. Please ring 762 8894 and ask to speak to Mr William Taylor our School Liaison Officer who will arrange for one of our volunteer parents to pick up your donation.

On a final note, we are also still looking for additional volunteers to take care of stalls on the day of the jumble sale.  The event will take place between 9.30am and 2pm. If you are free on that day and willing to help out, please contact the Deputy Headmistress Mrs Jayne Browne on 762 8889.

Thank you in advance for your help and support. We look forward to seeing you on May 24th.

Best wishes
Karl Blackman
Headmaster


Questions 1-14

Read the information below and answer Questions 1-4

Match the pictures below to the appropriate statement. Write the correct letter A-D in boxes 1 – 4 on your answer sheet.

1. Should only be packaged in boxes.
2. The school does not have many of these items to sell at the moment.
3. Should be labelled in one of three ways.
4. The school wants more of these which would be suitable for youngsters.

IELTS General Training reading test

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B – ‘Miscellaneous – Ornaments, pictures, toys, games, handbags etc. Please place in boxes and write the names of the items inside clearly on the box.’

This type of question can be complicated as you need to consider 3 parts – the text, the written statements and the pictures. The key to this type of question is to look first NOT at the question statement but at the pictures and match them with an area of the text. Picture B, for example, shows children’s toys, so scan the text looking for references to toys. Once you have found the reference, go back to the statements and match them. In this case,  the text says ‘Please place in boxes‘. To practice this type of question and get video presentations and exercises to improve your skills, as well as your own dedicated online tutor, then enrol in our complete online IELTS course here.

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C – Kitchenware – any items are of use (e.g. plates, cups, glasses, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment such as food mixers etc), currently in short supply.

This type of question can be complicated as you need to consider 3 parts – the text, the written statements and the pictures. The key to this type of question is to look first NOT at the question statement but at the pictures and match them with an area of the text. Picture C, for example, shows kitchen tools, so scan the text looking for references to kitchen tools, equipment or kitchenware. Once you have found the reference, go back to the statements and match them. In this case,  the text says ‘Currently in short supply‘. To practice this type of question and get video presentations and exercises to improve your skills, as well as your own dedicated online tutor, then enrol in our complete online IELTS course here.

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D – Clothes – Please place washed items in bags or boxes and mark them ‘For Men’, ‘For Women’ or ‘For Children’

This type of question can be complicated as you need to consider 3 parts – the text, the written statements and the pictures. The key to this type of question is to look first NOT at the question statement but at the pictures and match them with an area of the text. Picture D, for example, shows clothing, so scan the text looking for references to clothing, clothes and other related synonyms. Once you have found the reference, go back to the statements and match them. In this case,  the text says ‘mark them ‘For Men’, ‘For Women’ or ‘For Children’. NOTE: This type of question i IELTS can be tricky as it also states that items should be placed in bags or boxes, so a common error is to quickly select the first statement (‘Should only be packaged in boxes.’). However, note the use of ONLY in the question. To practice this type of question and get video presentations and exercises to improve your skills, as well as your own dedicated online tutor, then enrol in our complete online IELTS course here.

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A – ‘Books– complete books (no missing pages), we are especially looking for children’s novels.’

This type of question can be complicated as you need to consider 3 parts – the text, the written statements and the pictures. The key to this type of question is to look first NOT at the question statement but at the pictures and match them with an area of the text. Picture A, for example, shows a book, so scan the text looking for references to books or reading. Once you have found the reference, go back to the statements and match them. In this case,  the text says especially looking for children’s novels.‘. To practice this type of question and get video presentations and exercises to improve your skills, as well as your own dedicated online tutor, then enrol in our complete online IELTS course here.

 

Questions 5-9

Look at the statements below. In boxes 5 – 9 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

5. The event is being held to raise money for school facilities.
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FALSE – ‘All profits will be used to assist in funding of the new children’s play ground in the centre of town. ‘

As with many TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN questions, this question is testing your ability to identify synonyms or parallel expressions. In this case, ‘raise money’ is expressed as ‘All profits’. Did you know that TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN questions always come in the order of the test? That means if you find the answer to one question in the second paragraph, then the next answer will be below that in the text, so you can ignore the first paragraph! For more essential tips, hints and practice, come and join us at http://www.IELTStestONLINE.com.

6. The school is collecting fresh fruit and vegetables to donate to a homeless shelter.
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FALSE – ‘If you wish to make a food donation please provide tinned, dried or packet foodstuffs only. Please do not donate food items that are likely to spoil.’

This question is testing your ability to identify direct facts. You should know by now that the text is about a school collection, so the first step would be to find the reference in the text that talks about why the school is collecting money Did you know that TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN questions always come in the order of the test? That means if you find the answer to one question in the second paragraph, then the next answer will be below that in the text, so you can ignore the first paragraph! For more essential tips, hints and practice, come and join us at http://www.IELTStestONLINE.com.

7. Items will be picked up by volunteers between 9.30am and 3pm.
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NOT GIVEN – ‘If you are able to, please bring your donated items to the school reception (Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3.00pm).Otherwise, for larger loads, if you are unable to get to school, we can arrange for a member of the team to collect your items.’ – The text does not say when the items will be collected, only when they can be taken to school.

8. Mr William Taylor will make arrangements for items to be collected.
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TRUE – ‘Please ring 762 8894 and ask to speak to Mr William Taylor our School Liaison Officer who will arrange for one of our volunteer parents to pick up your donation.’

9. All helpers for the event are now confirmed.
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FALSE – ‘On a final note, we are also still looking for additional volunteers to take care of stalls on the day of the jumble sale. ‘

 


Examples of Books Available at Edgehill School Jumble Sale!

  1. A delightful children’s story suitable for those who have recently started to learn to read. The tale and illustrations follow the story of the heroic Sam and the friends he meets on his travels across Europe. Great fun for parents and children to enjoy together.
  2. A must for any art appreciator.  Informative historical accounts and full page illustrations based upon acclaimed Masters from France, Italy and Germany during the 19th and 20th Century.
  3. Young and enquiring minds will adore this book. Over 500 pages of information ranging from the field of science to history, geography and art. This special addition also includes end of chapter quizzes to check understanding.  A superb learning tool!
  4. Lovers of hiking and the great outdoors will appreciate this! It has lots of information on lesser known tracks for those wishing to escape the more usual paths and trails used by the masses. Enjoy this picturesque part of the country in solitude.
  5. A useful handbook for lovers of the great outdoors.  Informative regarding tips for lighting campfires, setting up and cooking. An up to date list of various places to stay throughout the country.
  6. An academic appreciation and comparison of inspiration in the past.  Exploration of art work in Egyptian and Greek culture and its significance in evolution of creativity.
  7. Stimulate your children’s natural curiosity and artistic flair – a wide range of subject matters are covered, from bird and wildlife – easy to follow steps from creative models and drawings to Plaster of Paris modeling and origami.

The list of book titles has seven story descriptions A-G. Choose the correct title for each book from the list of titles below. Write the correct number i-ix in boxes 10 – 14 on your answer sheet.

List of Book Titles

  • I A Guide to Walks in the Peak District
  • II The Children’s Guide to Bird-watching
  • III European Art
  • IV Get the Most out of Camping
  • V Ancient Art
  • VI The Children’s Encyclopedia
  • VII Creative Pastimes for Children
  • VIII Mystical Egypt
  • IX The Adventures of Sammy Swan

EXAMPLE Book A ix

10. Book B
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iii – ‘A must for any art appreciator. Informative historical accounts and full page illustrations based upon acclaimed Masters from France, Italy and Germany during the 19th and 20th Century.

11. Book C
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vi – ‘Young and enquiring minds will adore this book. Over 500 pages of information ranging from the field of science to history, geography and art. This special addition also includes end of chapter quizzes to check understanding. A superb learning tool!’

12. Book D
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i – ‘Lovers of hiking and the great outdoors will appreciate this! It has lots of information on lesser known tracks for those wishing to escape the more usual paths and trails used by the masses. Enjoy this picturesque part of the country in solitude. ‘

EXAMPLE Book E iv

13. Book F
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v – ‘An academic appreciation and comparison of inspiration in the past. Exploration of art work in Egyptian and Greek culture and its significance in evolution of creativity.’

14. Book G
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vii – ‘Stimulate your children’s natural curiosity and artistic flair – a wide range of subject matters are covered, from bird and wildlife – easy to follow steps from creative models and drawings to Plaster of Paris modeling and origami.

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