BEST IELTS General Reading Test 405

BEST IELTS General Reading Test 405


IELTS General Reading Test



Read the text below and answer Questions 1-7.


Coupon A: This coupon allows you 50% off all purchases of barbecue charcoal for one week at all participating stores. Offer ends 22nd August.

Coupon B: If you spend $150 or more at our restaurant, present this coupon and it will give you 10% off your next meal with us. Offer open for 2 months from 15th August. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Coupon C: With this coupon, for one month from 15th August, if you buy 2 kilograms of apples at Noor Food Stores, you will receive an extra kilogram absolutely free!

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Coupon D: This coupon will start you off with 100 loyalty points at Jerry’s Gas Station. After that, for every litre of petrol or diesel purchased, you will receive 3 points. Redeem your points on a selection of gifts at the back of our station shop. There are things for everyone, so start collecting your points today!

Coupon E: For one month from 15th August, this coupon will allow you membership at the Wellness Sports Centre with no joining fee. Thereafter, the monthly fee for 6 months will have a 25% discount. Call us for more details and terms and conditions – 04726 745 933.

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Coupon F: For one month from 15th August, you can use this coupon 5 times to get $0.50 off from your purchase of Petersen’s milk at participating stores.

Coupon G: This coupon will give you a 10% discount on any holiday booked from Sunlovers Travel Agency. Holiday must be booked before the end of December of this year!

Coupon H: Use this coupon at Zoo Stores Inc. to get 25% off our own brand dog foods for three weeks from 15th August. Hurry, because Rover is hungry!

Coupon I: Need your car serviced? For one calendar month from 15th August, we at Queens Park Motors will give you 50% off your car’s service (excluding parts). Reservation required.

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Coupon J: Use this coupon (valid 2 months from 15th August) to get a free student travel card for $1 (usual cost $15). The card will allow you a range of travel discounts around town on buses, trams and trains. A valid student photograph ID must be produced at place and time of purchase as well.

Coupon K: The summer sun is still hot, but Greene’s Pharmacy is selling off its summer stock of sun protection creams. Use this coupon to get a 50% reduction on all our participating brands. Coupon valid for a fortnight from 15th August.

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Coupon L: Are you a DIY fan? For ONE week only from 15th August, with this coupon, Allanson’s Hardware is offering a place on our 2-hour course on the use of our range of DIY drills. No purchase necessary! Course only given on 24th August at 6 p.m.

Coupon M: My name is Margaret and I run a house cleaning service. With this coupon, I will come and clean for 3 hours in your house, but I’ll only charge for 1 hour ($16). No obligation for further engagements. ONLY 3 APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE – first come, first served. Only one coupon use per household.

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Questions 1 – 7

There are 13 coupons A – M on the next page. Answer the questions below by writing the letters of the appropriate coupons in boxes 1 – 7 on your answer sheet

1. This coupon does not involve spending any money.

2. This coupon can be used for a pet.

3. This coupon will help someone get fit.

4. This coupon’s use is restricted to students.

5. This coupon will help someone cook food more cheaply.

6. This coupon is valid for 2 weeks.

7. This coupon can only be used by 3 people in total.

IELTS General Reading Test

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.

Housing Benefit

If you live in this country, it is possible that you may be eligible for housing benefit. Housing benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances. You can apply for housing benefit whether you’re unemployed or working. You might also be able to get your claim backdated if your circumstances warranted it. Ask your local housing office for details on all these things.

How to Get It

Housing benefit is dealt with at your housing office. Find the application form online on the housing office website or pick one up at their offices. There are online (or hard copy at the housing office) guidance notes available to help you fill it in. Application forms must be posted to the housing office. The housing office will first contact you by phone, so don’t forget to include your telephone number in your application. Those chosen to receive benefits will receive the funds by bank transfer. For further information, go to the housing office website.

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How Much?

How much you get depends on your eligible rent, if you have a spare room, your household income (including benefits), pensions and savings and your circumstances – e.g. age of people in the house or if someone has a disability. Eligible rent means the reasonable rent for a suitable property in your area. It includes service charges (e.g. for lift maintenance or a communal laundry), but not things like heating. The housing office website’s calculator can help you test your entitlement to housing benefit.

You will get it…

It’s possible to get housing benefit if you pay rent, if you’re on a low income or claiming benefits or if your savings are below a certain level (usually $20,000). You can apply if you’re employed or unemployed, but if you live with a partner, only one of you can get benefit.

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You won’t get it…

Usually you won’t get housing benefit if your savings are over $20,000, if you live in the home of a close relative, if you’re a full-time student (unless you’re disabled or have children) or if you’re an asylum seeker.

Changes in Circumstances

Tell your local housing office if your situation changes, as this can affect your chances of receiving benefit or how much you get. If you fail to notify the housing office of changes in your situation, you may even face prosecution. Examples of changes in your situation include losing your job, a child leaving school, your rent changing or if you go away for more than 1 month. If you’re not sure, ask your housing office.

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If there are any queries regarding your situation, your housing office might ask you in for a housing office meeting. If you are asked in for a meeting, you’ll need to bring accurate information about your savings (bank statements), earnings (payslips), and existing benefits and pensions that you receive and your outgoings (rent, mortgage, childcare payments). If you can’t provide information on any of these things, you might spoil your chances of getting housing benefit.

Questions 8 – 14

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the text for each answer.

8. If you feel that you were eligible for housing benefit before you apply, your application may be ………….. .

9. ………….. assisting with the housing benefit application form can be found in a digital or paper format.

10. The method used for paying housing benefit is ………….. .

11. The costs of keeping a house warm are not taken into account when calculating an individual’s ………….. .

12. A ………….. found online can advise you on your eligibility for housing benefit

13. You can risk ………….. by not informing your housing office of changes in your circumstances.

14. Take ………….. to a housing office meeting if you need to show how much you are paid.

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