BEST IELTS General Reading Test 329

BEST IELTS General Reading Test 329

IELTS GENERAL READING TEST 329 – PASSAGE – 1

IELTS General Reading Test

IELTS GENERAL READING TEST – 329

READING PASSAGE – 1

Read the text below and answer questions 1-6.

Local countryside walks

A. Grove Mill – Take either the yellow path or the blue path – both eventually come out at the Old Water Mill and are at about the same level of difficulty. There is a shallow stream which runs alongside the yellow path. Dogs enjoy a swim here if it’s hot and there are trees to help you cool while you want.

B. Blackhill Trail – Follow the marker posts carefully as you make your way through some dense forest. If you take a wrong turn as walkers often do your walk could end up being a lot longer than you expected. The sun may be shining but there is plenty of damp undergrowth so wear a tough pair of hiking boots if you don’t want your feet to get wet. It isn’t advisable to take small dogs on this trail.

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C. Fern Way – The route is winding but fairly flat and doesn’t require any special footwear or equipment. It is accessed by a gate with a strong bolt to keep sheep and cows in the field. The path is lined on both sides by firs and some majestic redwoods that date back to the nineteenth century. There are benches along the way where you can rest and admire the beauty of the area.

D. Bay Red Valley – Be prepared to go up and down a bit on this route. The first section is uphill then the path flattens out but not for long so you need to be fairly fit. The exercise is worth it though as there are some spectacular views across the valley. There is a viewing platform, from which you may be lucky enough to see one of the herds of deer that roam the area.

E. Brownwater Trail – A circular path will take you past tree and plant species from around the world that are cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers. If you bring your dog keep it on a lead as the smaller shrubs can be easily destroyed. The path itself is open and unprotected so be sure to wear a hat or you could get sunburnt.

IELTS General Reading Test

Questions 1-6

Look at the five descriptions of walks A-E below. For which walk are the following statements true?

1. There is very little shade.

2. There are some steep sections.

3. There is a choice of route on this walk.

4. There is a special site for watching wildlife.

5. Dogs must not be allowed to run freely

6. You can sit down in several places.

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Read the text below and answer questions 7-14.

Poppi Properties

Review by Sally Hanugoldi

I have had a terrible experience with Poppi Properties and as an ex-tenant I advise you to go elsewhere if you want to rent or buy a property – as I have now done. When I initially viewed my Poppi Properties flat I was accompanied by Lillee Eggerton one of the two staff who run the company. The flat was located close to the office where I have been working for the past year so I went there before the working day had begun. I knew immediately that it was the right property for me because of the convenient location and a few days later I paid the deposit and the first two months’ rent.

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The flat was on the 12th floor which I admit was a surprise to me as I thought it was lower when I first read about it but Lillee was very encouraging and I felt confident that I was making the right choice. At this point she was professional and kind but once I had moved into the property I discovered that she was far less approachable that she had been during the viewing period and whenever I tried to contact her she was unavailable.

At the start of my tenancy a number of issues were unsatisfactory in the property. For example as a new tenant you have a right to expect your flat to be clean. In fact carpets should be professionally cleaned but mine had not even been hoovered. I had hoped that this problem would be addressed quickly but nothing happened and so I did the job myself. Similarly, the oven worked when I switched it on, but it was black inside and smelt horrible.

The company did nothing so in the end I just avoided using the oven while I lived there. Several times I asked to speak to the landlord directly but was told this was not possible. No one should have to put up with these problems particularly when Poppi Properties charges such high rents.

IELTS General Reading Test

Questions 7-14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text above? Write

TRUE                        if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE                      if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN           if there is no such information

7. Sally Hanugoldi is still renting a property with Poppi Properties.

8. Sally Hanugoldi was the first person to view the flat.

9. Sally made a quick decision to rent the property.

10. The flat was on a lower level than Sally changed over time.

11. Lillee’s behaviour towards Sally changed over time.

12. The flat that Sally rented from Poppi Properties was unfurnished.

13. Sally employed someone to clean her carpets.

14. The landlord raised Sally’s rent while she was living in the flat.

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ANSWERS

1. E

2. D

3. A

4. D

5. E

6. C

7. FALSE

8. NOT GIVEN

9. TRUE

10. FALSE

11. TRUE

12. NOT GIVEN

13. FALSE

14. NOT GIVEN

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