Free IELTS General Training Reading test 4 Section 1

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This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started simply scroll down to read the texts and answer the questions.

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Important notes before you begin this section of the test:

  • There is a box beside each question for you to write your answer
  • When you have finished (or after any question) click the ‘Show answers’ link to see the answer(s) and an explanation. To have your answers automatically marked and instantly converted to a band score, join our complete online IELTS course
  • This is a General Training Section 1, which means there is either two or three short reading texts that you need to use to complete the section
  • When you have finished on this page, count the number of correct answers you have and make a note. When you have completed the full test, go to the band score converter to find out your approximate IELTS band score

 

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Section 1:


TradeThem – recent advertisements

A. For sale: iPod classic 160 GB. In very good condition without protective rubber case. Headphones are gone but otherwise in perfect working order. Has 6 games. Looking for £150 but willing to accept offers.

B. 34 inch flat screen LCD television for sale. Small scratch on the top but the screen is OK. Have to sell because I am leaving the country, so will consider any offer.

C. Playstation 3 games (6 different games). Brand new, in box with manuals. Unwanted gift. All reasonable offers considered.

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D. For sale – complete dining room set (6 chairs and table). In reasonable condition although may need repainting. Table can fold for storage. Buyer will need to collect. £250 (price is non-negotiable)

E. Zanussi Fridge Freezer. 1.6 metres tall. Four years old. Motor still works but door is not sealing closed (will need new seal). Free to anyone willing to collect.

F. Wanted: cheap laptop computer. Doesn’t need to be in very good condition so long as it works. Needed for word processing and surfing the internet, but not much more. Willing to pay up to £200 for the right machine. Must have all cables and accessories, as well as a carry bag.

G. Boat trailer needed. Must be able to take small boat (2 metres long). Must be in good condition with no rust or damage. Will pay up to £250 depending on size. I can collect from anywhere in the country.

H. I am looking for any antique figurines from the Lladro collection. Will pay a good price for any authentic pieces in good condition. We will come to you to evaluate any piece that you are interested in selling, but please send a photograph of the figurine first.


Questions 1-14

Questions 1 – 7

Classify the following as relating to which advertisement.

Write A-H in your answer sheet. Use ach advert once only.

The advertiser…

1. …is willing to travel after they have seen the item.

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H (We will come to you to evaluate any piece …send a photograph of the figurine first)

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2. …does not require payment

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E (Free to anyone willing to collect.)

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3. …is selling something they were given

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C (unwanted gift)

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4. …is selling because they are relocating

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B (Have to sell because I am leaving the country)

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5. …is missing an accessory

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A (Headphones are gone but otherwise in perfect working order)

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6. …is not willing to change their price

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D (price is non-negotiable)
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7. …is indifferent to the condition of the item

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F (Doesn’t need to be in very good condition)

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Fishing charter

Unlike road taxis, we can deliver you to more than just your final destination – we service the Hauraki Gulf so can drop you on one of the secret, secluded beaches or perfect fishing spots. Catch your own fish for dinner! The clean and sparkling blue waters in the local area are abundant with sea life, and our knowledgeable skippers can guarantee you won’t return empty handed. Fishing charters are aboard our high speed boat, comfortable for a maximum of 4 people. A half-day fishing charter costs $275, which includes fuel and skipper.

Harbour tours

We also offer the best in harbour tours, taking you from the Great Barrier wharf to all the places of interest. Get perfect views of the city, as well as the harbour bridge, before setting off to the see the internationally famous Dorin Cliffs. From here we sail to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the southern hemisphere and home to a wide range of pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes. Then on to Golden Sands beach before returning to the wharf via the Marble, a stunning rock formation that can’t be seen without a boat. The whole trip takes two hours, with an option to stop at Golden Sands beach and catch the next water taxi back to the wharf. The harbour tour costs $45 per person and includes tea, coffee and light snacks.

Questions 8 – 14

Answer the questions below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Type your in boxes 8 – 14 on your answer sheet.

8. The cost to visit a local _____ is fixed.

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Marina – ‘to any of the local marinas for a set fee’

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9. You can book a water taxi using their ________

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On demand service – ‘using our on-demand service’

Sentence completion question in IELTS reading (and listening) test a range of your English skills, but the most important are the ability to find synonyms (words with the same/similar meaning) and grammar. Grammar is important because when you have written your answer, it is essential to read the completed sentence. For more tips and hints, as well as complete lessons, exercises and practice tests, enrol in our complete online IELTS course.

10. You can go fishing or spend some time on little known _________

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(secluded) beaches – ‘…drop you on one of the secret, secluded beaches or perfect fishing spots.’

Sentence completion question in IELTS reading (and listening) test a range of your English skills, but the most important are the ability to find synonyms (words with the same/similar meaning) and grammar. Grammar is important because when you have written your answer, it is essential to read the completed sentence. For this answer, writing ‘secluded’ is not essential – the main word that was needed was ‘beaches’. For more tips and hints, as well as complete lessons, exercises and practice tests, enrol in our complete online IELTS course.

11. The driver and the cost of _____ are included in the half day fishing trip.

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Fuel – ‘A half-day fishing charter costs $275, which includes fuel and skipper’

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12. The Harbour tour includes a visit to the world renowned _______.

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Dorin Cliffs – ‘see the internationally famous Dorin Cliffs’

Sentence completion question in IELTS reading (and listening) test a range of your English skills, but the most important are the ability to find synonyms (words with the same/similar meaning) and grammar. In this case, ‘world renowned’ in the question is phrased as ‘internationally famous’ in the text. For more tips and hints on identifying synonyms and parallel expressions, as well as complete lessons, exercises and practice tests, enrol in our complete online IELTS course.

13. The last thing passengers visit on the Harbour tour before going back to the wharf is _______.

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The Marble – ‘Then on to Golden Sands beach before returning to the wharf via the Marble’

Sentence completion question in IELTS reading (and listening) test a range of your English skills, but the most important are the ability to find synonyms (words with the same/similar meaning) and grammar. However, this question is also testing your ability to identify sequencing words (‘then on to…before…’). Understanding sequencing is an important part of getting a good result in the IELTS test, so for complete lessons, exercises and practice tests, enrol in our complete online IELTS course.

14. The harbour trip costs $45 and includes drinks and _____.

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Light snacks – ‘The harbour tour costs $45 per person and includes tea, coffee and light snacks’

Sentence completion question in IELTS reading (and listening) test a range of your English skills, but the most important are the ability to find synonyms (words with the same/similar meaning) and grammar. This question also relies on a degree of logic – the question refers to the trip cost which includes drinks, so logically there is likely to be a reference to something else included in the price. The quickest way to find the answer here is to scan the text looking for the amount ($45), although keep in mind that this could be expressed as words, not a number (forty five dollars instead of $45). For more tips and hints, as well as complete lessons, exercises and practice tests, enrol in our complete online IELTS course.

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