General Ielts Reading Material

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers


Section 1

Question 1-14

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-14 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-8.

Your guide to Renting Accommodation in Stonington

GT Reading - Map of Stonington City

This leaflet has been developed by the Stonington City Council to assist migrant and students who have arrived in Stonington and are looking to rent long-term accommodation. The city of Stonington has 5 suburbs and in terms of accommodation, the suburbs vary significantly.

A     Richmond

Richmond is the busiest and most expensive suburb in Stonington. Richmond Business Park hosts a total of 56 industries that employ approximately 5500 people which creates a steady demand for accommodation in this area. From 2 to 20 stories, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment-style living is the most common type of accommodation in Richmond. Depending upon the number of bedrooms, rental prices range from $1600 – $2500 per month. Richmond is well-known for its cosmopolitan environment.

B     Crane Hills

This suburb is located in the southern hills of Stonington. The suburb offers a brilliant outlook over the city. Accommodation is mostly duplex houses and bungalows. Rent ranges from $2000 to $3000 a month. The largest park in Stonington is located here, along with a golf course, jogging track and children’s playground. The government has undertaken to expand the residential area through the western section of the hill and this development will be completed by next year. It is anticipated that the building of around 500 new houses will commence early in the new year.

C     Blackburn

Although Blackburn is the smallest suburb in Stonington it has the most dwellings. A suburb of mostly independent houses, rental prices for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses range from $1500 to $2000 per month. Most homes are spacious with large backyards, however, rental accommodation in the area is not readily available and what becomes available is quickly snapped up! Most tenants of rental homes commit to a minimum 3-year lease. There is one primary school, a train station and a shopping centre in the area.

D     Malvern

Famous for its racecourse, Stonington’s oldest suburb is Malvern. Most of the houses in this suburb are renovated – rent for a two and three bedroom home runs at around $800 and $1200 respectively. Homes built in Malvern typically do not have any yards. Facilities include one supermarket, two shopping centres and the Stonington Community Hospital. At the moment, there is no school although the state government is reviewing a proposal to build one.

E     Caulfield

Closest to the city centre and with most government department offices, is Caulfield. A variety of mixed accommodation options from apartments to houses are available in Caulfield. Caulfield does not have a train station, but its bus system is comprehensive. Caulfield is very much in a growth phase so a large portion of available accommodation is newly-completed and modern. A spacious 3 bedroom house will cost around $1500 a month while a 3 bedroom apartment averages around $1200 per month. Caulfield has 2 schools and 3 supermarkets, and accommodation in the suburb is typically good value for money.

Questions 1-8

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

Look at the five descriptions (A-E) of five suburbs in Stonington.

For which suburb are the following statements true?

Write the correct letter, A-E, in boxes 1-8 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1.  This suburb is expecting new buildings in the near future.
2.  This suburb is the most popular rental area in Stonington.
3.  This suburb has mostly new places to live in.
4.  This suburb offers great views.
5.  This suburb offers a variety of different housing options.
6.  The accommodation in this suburb has limited outdoor living areas.
7.  This suburb is influenced by many different countries.
8.  This suburb has the lowest level of housing availability.

Read the following text and answer Questions 9-14.

Blossom Child Care

Service information and fees

Blossom Child Care (BCC) is a privately owned child care centre which has been operating in five locations in Wales for the past 10 years. Our services cater for children aged from 1 to 6 years old. We have a range of childcare service to suit the needs of working parents. As an associate member of the National Child Care Institute, all our employees are highly qualified.

We offer three levels of childcare:

I.  Pre-Kindergarten

Children under two are in the Pre-Kindergarten group. BCC’s Teddy, Kinda and Koala rooms have been allocated for this age group where we accommodate 15 children per room. We provide special care and make sure that one of our highly qualified senior supervisors, in addition to three general staff, are always available in each room. Please ensure your child has at least 4 nappies and 2 additional sets of clothes every day.

Food: In addition to cow’s milk, if your child is on solid food, we provide a nutritional blend of fruits and vegetables. If your child is on formula, please inform us.

Toys: All Pre-Kindergarten rooms have toilet training toys which, along with other general toys, are always maintained at the strictest hygiene standards.

Fees: Our Pre-Kindergarten service fee is $300 per week with a one-off registration fee of $30. Fees are payable weekly.

II. Kindergarten

Children aged two to four are in the Kindergarten group.  BCC has four allocated rooms for this group each accommodates 20 children. Two staff are on duty in each room and one senior supervisor is in charge of all four rooms.

Food: Children are provided with three full meals a day. All meals are cooked on the premises by a child food specialist and the menus are rotated so that your child gets the right nutritional balance. If your child is allergic to any food, please inform us by filling in the Food Allergy Form.

Toys: Our Kindergarten rooms are decorated with educational posters and are full of learning games and puzzles. We discourage children bringing their own toys from home as they are often a source of contention and argument.

Fees: The Kindergarten service fee is $250 per week with a one-off registration fee of $40. Fees are payable weekly.

III. Post-Kindergarten

Children aged four to six are in the Post-Kindergarten group. We have two dedicated rooms for this group all decorated with artwork designed to stimulate learning. Each room accommodates 20 children and is serviced solely by one general staff member.  BCC arranges one excursion session for this group every four weeks. The venues are generally parks, playgrounds, picnic-spots and the local zoo. As a legal requirement, parents must fill in an Excursion Declaration Form before each trip which authorises the Centre to take their children from the premises.

Food: Children in the Post-Kindergarten program get three meals a day – mostly meals with rice, vegetables and chicken. Please speak to your child’s supervisor if you have any special dietary requirements.

Toys: There are four life-sized cartoon toys in each room along with a large variety of books.

Fees: The Post-Kindergarten service fee is $200 per week with a one-off registration fee of $40. Fees are payable weekly.

Questions 9-14

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

Classify each of the descriptions 9-14 as belonging to either A, B, C or D below.

Write your answers in boxes 9-14 on your answer sheet.


A  Pre-Kindergarten
B  Kindergarten
C  Post-Kindergarten
D  Does not belong to any group

9.  A variety of prepared food is offered.
10.  If needed, additional clothing is provided.
11.  An outing is arranged once a month.
12.  Children can see live animals.
13.  A student report is included.
14.  Any problems with diet should be dealt with in writing.

Section 2

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

Question 15-27

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-27 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 15-21.



However difficult you find it to arrange your time, it will pay off in the long run if you set aside a certain part of the day for studying – and stick to it. It is best to make a weekly allocation of your time, making sure that you have enough left for recreational activities or simply to be ‘with’ yourself: reading a novel or watching a television programme.


As part of your weekly schedule, it is also advisable to consider exactly what you have to do in that week, and make sure that you tackle the most significant tasks first, leaving the easier or less urgent areas of your work until later.


On a physical level, make sure that you have an area or space for studying. Don’t do it just anywhere. If you always study in the same place, preferably a room of your own, you will find it easier to adjust mentally to the activity when you enter that area. You should have everything that you might need at hand.


Make sure that all the physical equipment that you use, such as a desk, chair etc. is at a good height for you. If you use a personal computer, there are plenty of guidelines available from the government on posture, angles, lighting and the like. Consult these and avoid the typical student aches and pains.


If you are doing a long essay or research paper which involves the use of library books or other articles, it helps to keep details of the titles and authors on small cards in a card box. It is also a good idea to log these alphabetically so that you can find them easily – rather like keeping telephone numbers. It’s all too easy to read something and then forget where it came from.


Make use of equipment that is available to you. If you find a useful article in the library, it is best to make a copy of the relevant pages before you leave. Then, when you get back to your study, you can mark the article and make any comments that you have in the margin.


If you are working on a topic your teacher has set, but finding it hard to concentrate, it may be that you actually need to take your mind right off it for a period of time. ‘Airing the mind’ can work wonders sometimes. After a period away from the task, having not thought about it at all, you may return to it refreshed and full of ideas.


Similarly, it may help to discuss a topic with other people, especially if you feel that you have insufficient ideas, or too many disorganised ideas. Bring your topic up in conversations at meal times or with other students and see what they have to say. You don’t want to copy their ideas but listening to what they think about something may well help you develop or refine your own thoughts.

Questions 15-21

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

The Reading Passage “Self-study Tips” has eight paragraphs, A-H.

Choose the correct heading for paragraphs, B-H, from the list of headings below..

Write the correct number i-xii, in boxes 15-21 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

i   Consult your teacher
ii   Take a break
iii   Make a timetable
iv   Create a working space
v   Sit comfortably
vi   Study at home
vii   Talk about your work
viii   Photocopy important material
ix   Catalogue references
x   Use the library
xi   Prioritise your work
xii   Exercise regularly

Example     Paragraph A     Answer     iii

15.  Paragraph  B           
16.  Paragraph  C           
17.  Paragraph  D           
18.  Paragraph  E           
19.  Paragraph  F           
20.  Paragraph  G           
21.  Paragraph  H    

Read the text below and answer Questions 22-27.


IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers


From Paragraph to Essay
Of particular relevance to students who wish to improve their organisational skills and who feel that their final product is never clear enough.
Thursday 10-12
Kiran Singh


Communicate by Mail
Owing to the popularity of last term’s course, this is a repeat. Requests for information, notification of personal details and enclosures will be looked at. Please note that this is not a business course.
Friday 2-4
Cella Rice


Source Material
How do you gather information for a project or paper? A practical course which looks at sources of information and how to use cataloguing systems.
Monday 10-11
Kiran Singh


Express Yourself
An advanced course suitable for students who are about to step into organisations where they may have to voice their opinions in various forums.
Monday 12-2
Dave Parrin


Media Use
Open to all students, this course focuses on the many ways we can profit linguistically from the radio and television. Use of video essential. Group projects form part of course.
Tuesday 9-11
Steve Ansell


The Short Story
A venture into the world of popular writers. One story is selected for adaptation into a short play and group performance. Pre-arranged groups welcome.
Thursday 11-1.30
Mrs Owen


Caught for Speeding
Open to all students. Simple eye exercises to help you skim and scan. How to be selective on the page. Using headings, topic sentences and paragraphs for easy access.
Wednesday 11-1
Mrs Owen


Quote Me if You Must
The do’s and don’ts of using source material. How to incorporate it into your own work in an acceptable way. How not to plagiarise other people’s articles, books etc.
Tuesday 9-10.30
Dr Johnson


The Job for Me
Finding it, applying for it and getting it. Where can it all go wrong? Written and oral course with simulation exercises using authentic newspaper advertisements.
Friday 10-11.30
Fabbeh AI-Hussein


Can I Help You?
Practical course for students who wish to improve their telephone skills. Breaks the ice for newcomers. No written skills required.
Wednesday 3-5
Mike Vas


The Customer is Always Right
An interesting angle – how do you reply to letters from customers? What tone is best and when? How do you achieve results?
Wednesday 11-1
Cella Rice


Tense about Tenses
For those who worry about their individual words – a look at tenses and other aspects of the language through poetry and song. Good voice helps but not essential!

Saturday 10-12
Steve Ansell

Questions 22-27

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

Look at the twelve descriptions of courses, A-L, in the text above.

For which description are the following statements true?

Write the correct letter, A-L, in boxes 22-27 on your answer sheet.

22.  This course would be useful for dealing with letters of complaint.  
23.  This course will help you use the libraries.
24.  This course will improve your performance at interviews.  
25.  This course will help you with acknowledging your sources.  
26.  This course will help you improve your reading skills.  
27.  This course will help you improve your grammar. 

Section 3

Question 28-40

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 28-40 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 28-40.

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

New Impressions Bring Controversy


Many of history’s pages reveal that renowned artists have often had to endure obstacles and criticisms before eventually rising to the heights of success in their careers. Nineteenth-century artist Sir John Everett Millais is certainly one of them.


Born in 1829 in Southampton, England the youngest son of John William and Emily Mary Millais’ two sons, John Everett showed extraordinary artistic talent from an early age. In time, the family moved to London and as residents, Everett’s parents were determined to give young John an opportunity to develop his talent. A meeting with the president of the London Royal Academy of Art, Sir Martin Archer Shee, was arranged.

It was not long before Sir Martin also saw the extraordinary natural artistic ability Everett possessed. As a result, in the summer of 1840 and at the age of 11, Everett became the youngest ever pupil to study art at the academy. His ability and age led to all his teachers affectionately referred to him as The Child. The extra attention shown to Everett eventually caused jealousy among his fellow students. At the beginning of his studies Everett, a thinly-built boy, often found it difficult to cope with the bullying he encountered at the art academy. However, as time went by and his peers became increasingly aware of his artistic talent – even in the complex area of portrait painting – bullying gave way to awe.


Over the months and years, Everett spent at the academy he began to concentrate on the theoretical aspects of art. His studies included reading the biographies of past great artists and almost all the books on art that the academy library had.  Interestingly, the reading and studying of most of these books was not needed in order to pass his exams.

Everett, out of his genuine curiosity and passion for art, spent most of his leisure time at the library. At the school’s practical painting classes, he was well-known for going to considerable lengths to find the right elements needed for his painting – travelling long distances in search of the right natural scenes and paying large sums of money to hire models for his portrait painting. Over the course of his studies at the London Royal Academy of Art, he met two other like-minded artists – Holman Hunt and Gabriel Rossetti – who would later become his lifelong friends and key supporters of his artistic impressions.


 In 1850, he held his first solo painting exhibition in London.  It was a non-traditional exhibition in terms of style and pattern and proved to be controversial in terms of the subject matter displayed – the social class system. Everett displayed art on the topic of hierarchical or class distinctions between individuals and groups in English society. Although a small portion of art lovers praised his exhibition, he was strongly attacked by most of the art critics of the day. Some of his paintings on religious matters, which portrayed religion as something quite ordinary, made the conservative segment of the society angry.


 Over the years, with the support of his two best friends Holman Hunt and Gabriel Rossetti, Everett started a movement which he named the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). The intention of his PRB movement was to reform art by rejecting the concept of the Renaissance(1) movement which, he believed, was a mechanical approach to art influenced by narrow academic teaching. Once the PRB movement was formally launched, attacks from art critics throughout England intensified.

The PRB movement contradicted the views of almost all the other established artists in the country and led to John Ruskin, the foremost art critic of that time, formally meeting Everett with the intention of persuading him to cease the PRB. Everett did not agree to give up his ideologies so no agreement between the two was reached. However, the incident had a direct consequence on Everett’s personal life. Effie, Ruskin’s wife, met Everett and over a period of time started to develop an attraction to him. Eventually, Effie divorced Ruskin and married Everett.


Art historians today believe that the marriage of Everett and Effie acted as a catalyst in turning public opinion in his favour and inspired him to devote greater effort to his PRB movement.  In 1865, Everett finished a series of paintings based on his ideologies and in 1876 with such masterpieces as ‘Twins’, ‘The Marquis of Salisbury’ and ‘The Lady Campbell’ became the most successful portrait painter of the day.


In 1890, he was awarded the title of Sir and was made the president of the England Royal Art Academy. By that time, his works not only won the adoration of the masses in England but many other European countries as well. Unfortunately, shortly after being given the title of Sir, he fell ill and was wrongly diagnosed as having influenza. In 1894 it was discovered that he was actually suffering from cancer. During July 1896, his situation became very critical and the queen of England personally contacted his doctors offering her full support. Sir John Everett however, passed away on the 13th of August in 1896.

(1) A cultural movement from 14th to17th century, which originated in Italy and was spread all over Europe.

Questions 28-35

The passage has seven paragraphs A-G.

Which paragraph 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.  An event that led to a change in viewpoint.
29.  A positive example of doing more than what was required.
30.  An example of incorrect information being given.
31.  A minority that showed appreciation.
32.  An example of a positive change in human interaction.
33.  A description of Everett’s physical appearance.
34.  An example of an official organisational beginning.
35.  An activity that was supposed to bring change.

Questions 36-40

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 38 With Answers

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

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.  Everett’s parents moved to London so he could study at the London Royal Academy.
37.  In time, both his peers and teachers admired Everett.
38.  As a youngster, Everett was interested in other artists.                                                
39.  Everett’s second exhibition featured art about the economic and social position.
40.  Everett’s plan for the PRB was to make art better.

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 37