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IELTS General Reading Practice Test 27 With Answers

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers


IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

Section 1

Question 1-14

Read the text below and answers to the questions 1-14 on your answer sheet.

Look at the five restaurant advertisements and complete each sentence with the correct ending A-G from the box below.

Write the correct letter A-G in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

NB. You may use any letter more than once.

1. If you want to dine in a relaxed, countryside environment, you should eat at
2. You cannot dine on a Monday evening at
3. If you are planning an Asian dinner on a Sunday night, you should go to
4. You may pay extra to have your order delivered at
5. If you want a menu for children, you should eat at
6. If you want to drink overseas wines with your meal go to

A. the restaurant named City Super.
B. the restaurant named Arnold’s Own.
C. the Malaysian restaurant.
D. the Hill View Restaurant.
E. the restaurants named Arnold’s Own and City Super.
F. the restaurant that serves Chinese dishes.
G. the Mexican and Malaysian restaurants.

Malaysian Restaurant & Hotel

12.00noon-3.00pm, 6.00pm-midnight
(except Sundays)

  • Recipes from fresh produce
  • Authentic Malaysian chefs
  • 3-hall dining area
  • Fully licensed bar
  • 30 acres of beautiful woodland
  • Open space dining area, children’s playground
  • Luxury accommodation with easy parking
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Traditional Malaysian paintings decorate all living areas

 Enjoy our Cuisine & Service


Top-of-the-hill restaurant. Internationally renowned chefs.  Affordable menus.

Variety of cuisines. Local and homemade produce used.

Separate areas for business lunches.

Special occasions welcome – birthday, anniversary, get-together.



Special outdoor sitting arrangement on the slope of the hill. Enjoy the views with family and friends!


Open weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

Fine foods – enjoy in comfort, at your own Mexican dining table!

Excellent parking facilities. Liquor shop next door.

Home delivery if you live within a 4-mile radius from us – otherwise nominal charge.

CALL YOUR FRIENDLY HOST: John 01306 748300

Top UK award for takeaway service. Hygiene & Quality award  – 2 consecutive years.






Choice for the Whole Family!
Birthdays, weddings and other occasions

Model of traditional Texas restaurants. Texas furniture.
Pizzas, burgers & steaks.
Fish & chips, vegetarian, and kids menus.
Outstanding choice of American beers.


American movies on a large screens.
Eat it here or take it away!

For lunch come on in Tuesday – Saturday.
Open for dinner, Sunday to Wednesday.

Read the following text and answer questions 7-14.
 Questions 7-14

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

Read the passage ‘Cultural courses’ that has five sections A-E.

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

In boxes 7-14 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

The Swedish Dancing course

7. Welcomes people of all age groups.

The Cultural Diversity courses show that

8. translated Asian poems are written in ordinary English.
9. Mexican rhythms are easy to produce.

The Chapel Acting course

10. only accepts those with prior acting experience.

The Driving Excellence course

11. combines theory with practice.
12. fee for individual customers does not change.


13. is the oldest singing group in Berdican Rivers.
14. has a shortage of singers for the New Year’s Eve Concert.

Cultural Courses


 Fun filled healthy exercise

● You will receive a warm welcome! ● Swedish teachers run multiple sessions for dancers of all abilities ● Choreographic class optional ● Dance attire and shoes are not provided. ● Classes are held in several convenient locations at various times. ● Free membership to the National Dance Institute.

Don’t miss it, call to book – 0132 2125 2541


 Asian Recitation (Tuesdays, 3.45-4.45pm):

Literature from mainly India and China. Traditional poems and proverbs translated in modern, everyday English. A treasure of a thousand years.  For the whole family.

Music Mexico (Fridays, 5.00-7.00pm): 

Mexican music workshop.  Expand your musical horizons with the sounds of Mexico! It does not matter whether you are an experienced musician or a complete novice; you will be creating compound, exotic rhythms in no time.


If you’ve always wanted to be on TV or the stage then Chapel Acting is for you! The month-long program has been especially designed for those with some previous acting experience. Town hall auditorium venue prepares participants for live performances. Our techniques guarantee to eradicate the nervousness that often accompanies live performances. Live audience for final performance.


 Intensive Learn-to-drive Courses
♦ Use our car or yours ♦ Convenient schedules for working people ♦ We cover the theoretical and practical sides of safe driving ♦ Course and instructors fully accredited by the Safe Driver’s Association (SDA) ♦ Set individual fee with group rates available on request.    

Servicing all areas from Dartmouth, Hartford, Hampshire and Berdican Rivers


 Now inviting new singers like you!  Formed in 1991, Sing-A-Song is the first established vocal group in the Berdican Rivers area.  Every Wednesday evening 7.30pm to 9.30pm we meet to celebrate great songs from the past – jazz, blues, classical, country and everything in between! Rehearsing now for the City Auditorium New Year’s Eve Concert.  Join us today – call Brenda on 04 8541 1254.

Note: Ability to decode notations and rhythm formation desirable, although not essential.

Section 2

 Question 15-27

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

 Read the text below and answers to the questions 15-27 on your answer sheet.

Read the passage below and answer Questions 15-20.

Mountain biking?
Canada is calling!

Experience the best summer adventure ever!
12 mountain biking adventures throughout Canada

At Zenith Biking we have been exceeding mountain bikers’ expectations since our founding in 1988 in Ottawa, Canada.  Over the years we have expanded our operations to cover other Canadian cities including Montreal and Toronto. Currently, with a base of over 100 experienced staff, we are your first choice for mountain biking!

For the past five years our international network, comprising offices in four continents, has been organising Canadian mountain biking adventures for bikers around the world.  Annually, an average of 3000 clients enjoy an unforgettable biking experience throughout Canada. 


Should you be interested in extending your adventure to other countries, our extensive Inter-country Zenith Network can organise additional connections for you. Obtaining a visa for entry into some countries can be a time-consuming and frustrating process however at Zenith, our experienced team will assist you in obtaining your visa least amount of time.

At Zenith we have our own accommodation facilities for bikers, in Ottawa and Toronto. Accommodation fees are reasonable and depend on the size and the location of the room chosen. The most economical option is our 8-bed dorms.  

 Summer Experience, 2012:

Fees for this adventure include:

  • Return air-ticket from London to Toronto (excluding onward travel in Canada)
  • Bikers’ kit (consisting of apparel, headgear and energy food)
  • Direct transfer to Meet & Greet camp from airport  
  • Bikers workshop for beginners to advanced by our experienced staff
  • Extensive directory of Canadian Hills and Mountains
  • Zenith Biking 24-hour help and support phone service
  • 24-hour emergency medical assistance.

Participants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be in excellent physical condition
  • have at least a basic level of mountain biking competence
  • be excited about the experience of a lifetime!
Join the Zenith Bikers’ Forum (ZBF)

Once you book with us for any biking experience, you will automatically become a member of the Zenith Bikers’ Forum (ZBF).  Based on the many requests we received from our clients we formally launched the ZBF 3 years ago.  On the ZBF you can ask and have answered any biking-related questions you may have.  Our website also has a chat-room.  You are encouraged to submit your ideas, questions and suggestions and they will be quickly answered by past clients and staff.  

Questions 15 – 20

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

Complete the summary below with a word taken from the passage.


Write your answers in boxes 15-20 on your answer sheet. The first one has been done for you.

Zenith Biking began in 1988 in the city of …Ottawa… and provides biking adventures in several (15) ……….…  .

Experienced Zenith staff provide assistance for bikers worldwide via an (16) …….. .  Not all of Zenith’s 3000 annual clients mountain bike in Canada – the Inter-country Zenith Network can organise connections to (17) …..…. 

In Ottawa and Toronto, Zenith Accommodation is available and room rates are based on (18) …….…… .  The Summer Experience 2012 offers several exciting options including air-ticket, transport and 24-hour emergency service.

The Zenith Bikers’ Forum began (19) ……..…. and helps paying customers by answering all biking-related questions.  Customers can also find answers to their questions in the (20) …….……..

Read the text below and answer Questions 21-27.


In their search for employment, increasing numbers of job seekers are once again turning to the help-wanted classified ads in their local newspapers. For some time this popular resource slumped as the heavily trafficked internet job sites became widely regarded as offering greater numbers of employment opportunities. In many cases, this is a valid assumption. A local newspaper focuses on positions vacant in a specific town or region, whereas the online job site will typically contain advertisements for the whole country and possibly even overseas.

If you are seeking work in your neighborhood, and do not wish to drive a long distance or move, the local, classified ads in your newspaper may be a viable option. Recent canvassing has revealed that some local and regional employers don’t always post their position vacant ads on the major websites. Many prefer to advertise closer to home and to hire locally in order to avoid having to pay relocation costs.


Often it is not necessary to purchase the newspapers, as these publications are widely available in libraries, coffee shops and even some waiting rooms. In addition, online newspaper editions, which contain the help-wanted ads, are now widely available and have contributed to the popularity of this form of advertising. These ads are usually searchable by date, category, keyword and location, making them competitive with the larger career and employment agencies found on the Internet.

Whether you apply for a job through a large, on-line employment agency or via a classified ad in a newspaper the same strategy is valid. First of all, read the ad carefully and do your best to answer the following questions:

  • Am I the type of person the employer is looking for – do I have the essential skills and experience?
  • With whom would I be working – a group of people, one person or would I work independently?
  • What other talents and experience can I include in my application?
  • What opportunities and experiences might be available in this position that would be advantageous to my career?
  • Do I have the skills to negotiate the challenges and problems of the position? (For example: working with much older employees or a woman working in an office full of men.)

Importantly, try to find a way to stand out from the other applicants. Remember, whether you are responding to a positions vacant advertisement from an internet agency or a newspaper, your goal is to secure the interview before you stand a chance of being hired for the job.

Questions 21 – 27

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

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

In boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet, write

    TRUE     if the statement agrees with the information given in the text.
    FALSE    if the statement contradicts the information in the text.
    NOT GIVEN         if there is no information on this in the text.

21. Classified ads have become more popular due to increases in unemployment.
22. On-line job sites list more vacancies than job sites in newspapers.
23. Internet job sites are recommended for local employment positions.
24. To avoid paying for moving expenses, employers advertise locally.
25. Compared with jobs online, jobs in newspapers require a slightly different approach.
26. An application should mention additional, relevant work experience.
27. When answering a positions vacant ad, the first aim is to be hired.

Section 3

Question 28-40

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

Read the text below and answers to the questions 28-40 on your answer sheet.

Read the passage below and answer Questions 28-40.

The Wonder of Diamonds!


Diamonds are not only one of the most precious natural materials in the world; they are also among the hardest. For centuries diamonds have been renowned the world over as a natural material with matchless physical attributes of superior abrasiveness and lustre.


It is believed that the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning ‘unbeatable’, transformed linguistically over time to the English version it is now known as diamond. Apparently, the ancient Greeks used the highly treasured adamas as a religious icon.  Prior to ancient Greece, diamonds were widely used as engraving tools to cut grooves into concrete surfaces. The popularity of diamonds among the masses started to increase at the beginning of the 19th century when their supply increased significantly.

The cutting and polishing of diamonds were also improved upon at the time making them even more attractive for the masses. The rise of the world economy and, at the same time, persuasive advertising campaigns, combined to elevate diamonds to the status they have today. Today, about 130 million carats (around 26,000 kilograms) of diamonds are mined yearly fetching a combined value of some 9 billion USD.


The central and southern regions of Africa combine to provide almost 50 percent of the world’s total diamond production. Significant sources of diamonds have also been discovered in both Brazil and Australia. Irrespective of where diamond mines are discovered, in reality, there are very few specialised diamond mining companies who do the actual mining. The main reason for this is because they must be given permission from respective governments to undertake the large-scale digging required – a very complex, bureaucratic process.


Diamonds are mined through very sophisticated and complex processes. Diamond crystals are formed by high pressure and temperature deep within the earth. In time, volcanic ‘pipes’ called ‘kimberlite’ and ‘lamproite’ rock transport the diamonds to the earth’s surface. These rocks are composed of minerals such as olivine, phlogopite, pyroxene and garnet and a variety of other naturally occurring minerals, including diamonds. Experienced diamond miners know that when they discover kimberlite’ and ‘lamproite’ in the earth’s crust, there may very well be a rich source of diamonds not far away.


Considering they are located almost 150kms below the earth, it is a modern engineering marvel how diamond-containing rocks are brought to the surface. Artificial volcanic forces are created beneath the area where diamonds lie via man-made pipes. These forces push the rocks upward in the same way a volcano erupts and ejects lava. The only difference, of course, is the force in the volcano occurs naturally whereas the forces generated in diamond mining are artificial. As the diamond is pushed toward the earth’s surface, a separation process occurs. 

The technology used for the separation process is different from that of the extraction process – the former process requires man-made forces to move any and all rocks to the surface, while the latter focuses only on locating diamond-containing rock once it reaches the surface.

Testing is conducted on the first few batches of rocks mined to determine whether the mine will be economically viable or not. Whether or not the mining will continue on a larger scale depends on the ratio of diamond-containing rocks to ordinary rocks that are mined. The more worthless rocks that are found in the test mining, the less economically viable the mine is for a larger-scale operation.


From the deepest regions under the earth to the point where the diamonds finally reach the hands of the miners, the 4 C’s come to the fore. The 4 C’s are the four standards by which all diamonds are measured and judged.  The first C stands for Carat.  This refers to the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. 

One carat equals exactly 200 milligrams. The value of a diamond increases mainly in relation to carat weight and so, the other 3 C’s play a lesser role in determining the price of a diamond. Cut is the second determinant. As the term suggests, this is all about the art of transforming a rough diamond into a sparkling centerpiece. It requires significant technical knowledge, artistry and experience to cut a diamond.


The dimensions and angles of a diamond depend on how it is cut.  The next C is colour. The colour of a diamond can change significantly depending upon the chemical combinations and structural formations of other minerals nearby as it is forming.  The influence of neighbouring minerals can result in a diamond ranging in colour from completely transparent, to bluish, and a host of colours in between.

The final C is clarity, which is a measure of a diamond’s internal inclusions1. These naturally occurring inclusions determine the transparency of the diamond and according to how many there are, an inclusion rating is given. In addition to the 4Cs, fluorescence in a diamond is also considered. Fluorescence refers to the ability of a diamond to absorb invisible light and emit visible light.


Although diamonds are extremely important for industrialists and a sure symbol of love between a husband and wife when joined in marriage, many environmental activists protest diamond mining.  For this reason, mining companies are often under pressure to minimise the negative effects of their mining activities. In fact, a large number of mining companies nowadays regularly publish their process details in order to demonstrate that they conduct their mining business in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

1) a naturally occurring imperfection (spot, cloud or fracture) in a diamond.

Questions 28 – 35

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

The passage has seven sections labelled A-G.

Which section contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-G in boxes 28-35 on your answer sheet.

NB.  You may use any letter more than once.

28.  the different areas in the world where diamonds are found
29.  diamond mining and good corporate citizenship
30.  the features of a diamond that determine the value
31.  a primary reason for the early increase in diamond popularity
32.  the creativity involved in beautifying diamonds
33.  a formula for deciding whether or not diamond mining should continue
34.  different minerals that exist with diamonds
35.  the organisations from whom companies receive permission to mine    

Questions 36 – 40

IELTS General Reading Practice test 27 With Answers

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

In boxes 36-40 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

36.  Diamonds were first used for religious purposes.
37.  Bringing diamonds up from deep underground is quite a simple process.
38.  Diamond mining areas are decreasing in number.
39.  The colour of a diamond is determined by minerals close by.
40.  The 4 C’s are the only measures used to determine diamond value.

Answer Key

General Reading Test 26