BEST IELTS General Reading Test 401

BEST IELTS General Reading Test 401


IELTS General Reading Test



Read the text below and answer Questions 1—7.

Manly Beaches

Next time you visit Manly, 30 minutes by ferry from the centre of Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, try some of these less famous beaches

A Fairy Bower

Located-in a marine protection area, the water is perfect for paddling, snorkelling or even scuba diving. There is a small gift shop for unusual souvenirs, and a kiosk that rents stand-up paddleboards. Buses do not stop nearby so a walk is necessary.

B North Steyne

This popular beach is a little further from the ferry than the main beach and it always feels less crowded. North Steyne has professional lifeguards on duty, but the surf can be hazardous so check conditions if swimming with young ones. If you want to try surfing for the first time, Manly Surf School operates out of the surf club located on the beach. Please note that boards are reserved for students and are not available for rent.

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C Delwood

Delwood’s secluded cove is a scenic walk from the ferry along the harbour walkway. There are no shops, so bring a picnic and have a peaceful swim off the rocks. You’ll probably have the beach to yourself.

D Little Manly

This popular harbour beach has a net that encloses the swimming area. It is a good option for families as the protected area makes It easy to keep an eye on kids playing in the water. There is also a large playground, a public barbecue that anyone can use and toilet facilities, which make this a great spot for a family day out.

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E East Esplanade

Located next to Manly Wharf, East Esplanade is a popular spot all day. There is no beach closer to the ferry or buses than this one. Kayakers meet for a paddle here as the sun rises, and daytrippers sit on the sand during the day. People get together on the grass after work, and bring drinks, snacks and music to watch the sun go down.

F Shelly Beach

This is the best spot if you don’t like big waves. Rent a beach chair or head straight to the Boathouse Cafe, the perfect place for breakfast or lunch. Please note that Shelly Beach gets overly crowded at times, so avoid it on a sunny weekend afternoon.

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Questions 1—7

Look at the six beach descriptions, A—F.

For which beaches are the following statements true?

Write the correct letter, A—F, in boxes 1—7 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. You can buy food at this beach.

2. You can learn to do a sport at this beach.

3. This beach can be uncomfortably busy.

4. Adults can supervise their children without much difficulty at this beach.

5. This beach is nearest to public transport.

6. People are employed to supervise swimmers at this beach.

7. You can hire sports equipment at this beach.

IELTS General Reading Test

Read the text below and answer Questions 8—14.

Sydney Water: advice for customers paying a bill

About your bill

Sydney Water services over live million people in greater Sydney, and if you own a property. you’ll get a bill from us. Generally, this is just for your water and wastewater services, but there could be other charges. We send most bills quarterly, after we’ve read the meter. If your property has no meter, we send the bill at the start of each quarter.

When do we send the bill?

If you‘d like monthly bills, simply ask us to read your meter monthly. It costs $32.52 a quarter to be billed this way and this additional fee will appear on the first bill each quarter. To arrange it, just call us on 13 20 92.

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What if you can’t pay the bill?

We understand that it might be hard to pay your bill. lf you’re having difficulties, we have a range of Options to help. if you receive a pension, we may give you a reduction on your bill, but you must own and live in your home to qualify for this.

How can you get your billing history?

– Register for eBill. When you register for Sydney Water’s online billing facility, eBill, you’ll be able to see your past bills at any time. Once you’re registered, you’ll stop getting paper bills and start getting electronic ones.

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– Still want paper bills? Simply cancel your registration after you have saved the electronic bills you need. Then you’ll go back to paper bills, but you won’t have access to the online bills after you cancel.

– Contact us. Simply contact us and we’ll give you a statement that shows the amounts we charged you and the payments we received on your last five bills.

– Need more history? If you need information that’s older than your last five bills, you need to pay $28.04 for a ‘billing record search statement’.

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How do you stop a charge on a bill?

We’ll stop a fixed charge on your bill if a licensed plumber cuts off your water or wastewater service. Your plumber must apply for this disconnection and follow Sydney Water’s standard procedures.

Questions 8—14

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

In boxes 8—14 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

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8. All property owners receive Sydney Water bills.

9. Customers who don’t have a water meter must pay an extra charge.

10. Customers who choose to receive a bill every month pay extra.

11. Pensioners who live in rented accommodation might get a discount.

12. Customers registered for eBill receive both paper and electronic bills.

13. Customers who request information from the period before their last five bills must pay a fee.

14. A fixed charge can be avoided when the water supply is disconnected by a licensed plumber.

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BEST IELTS General Reading Test 401


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