IELTS Reading Sample (General) #1

Test Tip: Reading Section 1

  • This is the easiest of the three Reading sections.
  • The passage tends to be descriptive and factual, while the passages in the other sections contain more argument and discussion.
  • You should spend 20 minutes at most on this sections so that you have enough time to complete the other two sections.

Questions 1-4

Look at the five advertisements, A-E, on page 1.

Answer the questions below by writing the correct letters, A-E, in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

1Which TWO advertisements mention entry requirements?

2Which TWO advertisements say what you will have achieved by completing the course?

3Which TWO advertisements mention being run by professionally trained teachers?

4Which advertisement indicates that it doesn't matter how old you are?

Questions 5-8

Classify the types of extinguishers which should be used on fires in the following situations.

Answer the questions below by writing the correct letters, A-E, in boxes 5-8 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

A if only cream or black should be used
B if only cream or red should be used
C if only blue or black should be used
D if only cream, red or blue should be used
E if only red or black should be used

5a plug in its socket 

6a large industrial oil spill 

7a frying pan of cooking oil on an electric cooker 

8the edge of a curtain 

Questions 9-14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

In boxes 9-14 on your answer sheet write

TRUEif the statement agrees with the information
FALSEif the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVENif there is no information on this

9Office managers must work from 8.30 am to 5 pm with one hour for lunch. 

10All employees must work between 9.30 am and 4 pm, except for lunch time. 

11The building shuts at 5 pm. 

12All employees who are not office managers are paid overtime if they work later than 5 pm. 

13Office managers are paid extra money for working at weekends. 

14It is possible to have a two-week holiday in summer and a two-week holiday in winter. 


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