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IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers


Section 1

Question 1-15

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-15 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-6.

Questions 1-6

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Read the following notice.

Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR NUMBERS answer the questions below.

Write your answers in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

Example: How much will it cost a student to see the Greek Olympic Sculpture?
Answer:  $6.00

1.  Which exhibition can you visit in late August?
2.  A student would like a headset for the Greek Olympic Sculpture. How much will it cost?
3.  Which exhibition shows the work of young people?

4.  How much must a member pay to see tine exhibition of art from the United States?
5.  In which location would you find the oldest exhibits?
6.  Which exhibit could a large group see most cheaply?


The Art Gallery’s mission is to bring diverse forms of art and craft to the people of this city.

New Year festivities: a multimedia exhibition from the four comers of the earth on show in the Hanson Theatre, Level 2, Main Building.
Opens January 1, closes March 20.

The art of the early West: American art of the westward expansion is on show in the South Gallery, Level 3.
$15 adults, $5.00 for members, $4.50 for students.
Opens March 13, closes June 30.

Greek Olympic sculpture: a historical exhibit of work by ancient artists is in the North Gallery.
$10 adults, $8.00 for members, $6.00 for students
Opens July 1, closes August 7.

Developmental art: work by gifted local school children on show in the East Gallery.
$2.00. Donations may be left in the box attheexit, and will be gratefully received
Opens July 25, closes September 30

Headsets are available for the Greek Olympic Sculpture only.
A fee of $6.00 per adult, $5 00 for members and $4 50 for students will be charged

Read the text below and answer Questions 7-15.

Questions 7-11

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Read the extract below from the service directory of a Motorists’ Association.

Answer the questions by writing the appropriate extension numbers in boxes 7-11 on your answer sheet.

What extension should you call if:

Example:  you want to pay your bill by Visa card?
Answer:    344

7.  you want to find out about a baby’s car seat?
8.  you feel cheated by a repair shop near your home in Newcastle?
9.  you have trouble hearing and you need road service?
10.  you are going on a road trip and want to find out what activities are available?
11.  you want advice on purchasing a vehicle?

Call our main number 9292 9222 then call these extensions
All insurance enquiries 133

Credit card payments 344

Visa, Mastercard for membership and insurance policies (open 24 hours, 7 days)

Teleclaims   123

For motor vehicle claims (open 24 hours. 7 days)


Road Service 114

(open 24 hours, 7 days)



(8 30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 11 Saturday) for road tests, car buying, advice and assistance on motoring problems. Local call charge

Child restraint enquiries   632

Recorded road report for major highways  222


(7am – 10 pm)

1 300 362 802


(8.30 am to 5 pm. Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 11 Saturday)

Home Loan    701

Life Insurance  976Personal Loans  978


(8 30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday)

Sydney   191

Newcastle  132

Wollongong       132

Canberra    426


Repairs guaranteed for life,

(7.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) 

Batteries    111


Local touring information and attraction tickets


Road Service  317Insurance enquiries 728

Questions 12- 15

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Advice to motorists


Always lock your car and never leave your keys in the car. Sounds obvious, but how often have you left your car unlocked while you paid for fuel at a service station or dashed into a shop? A recently-passed law will ensure that you never forget again – heavy penalties apply.


Always lock valuables in the boot. Most car crime is opportunistic, so don’t make it easy. And if something is too valuable to lose, the golden rule is ‘take it with you’.


Thieves need little incentive. A lot of thefts from cars are carried out by youngsters after nothing more than a few dollars, so don’t leave coin-holders if they can be seen from outside. The cost of repairs often far outweighs the value of what is stolen.


At night, always try to park in a brightly-lit area where your vehicle can be seen by passers-by. Poorly-lit streets are the thief’s favourite hunting ground.


Never park where you can see broken glass from car windows on the ground. Thieves are creatures of habit and will return to the scene of past successes.


Install a car alarm.


Where available, use car parks that are well lit and have boom gates. Don’t leave your parking ticket in the car.


In high-risk areas leave your glove box and ashtray open to show thieves that there is nothing in the car worth stealing.


Don’t buy goods offered for sale if the price seems suspiciously low. Chances are the goods have been stolen.

Questions 12-15

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

There are 9 paragraphs in the text ‘Advice to motorists‘.

Answer the questions 12-15 by writing the letter or letters of the appropriate paragraph or paragraphs, A-I, in boxes 12-15 on your answer sheet.

Which paragraph/ paragraphs –

Example:  Suggests you add extra equipment to the car?
Answer:  F

12.  advise you to leave your glove box and ashtray open show there is nothing to steal from the car?
13.  give advice about good places to park at night?
14.  warns about the effects of a new law?
15.  tells the reader how to protect valuable items?

Section 2

 Question 16-28

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 16-28 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 16-28.


Most of the courses at Canterbury College only take up four days of the week, leaving one day free for independent study. The atmosphere at the College is that of an adult environment where a relationship of mutual respect is encouraged between students and tutors. Canterbury is a student city with several institutes of Further and Higher Education. The city centre is just a five-minute walk from the College, easily accessible in lunch or study breaks. Canterbury College has developed strong international links over the years and, as a result, many students have the opportunity of visiting and working in a European country in the course of their studies.

Students’ Union and SRC

All students are automatically members of the Canterbury College Students’ Union (CCSU) and can attend meetings.The Union is very active and is run by an Executive Committee elected by students in the Autumn Term. The President is elected every Summer Term to provide continuity for the next academic year. Representatives from each area of study form the Student Representative Council (SRC) which allows every student a say in Union affairs.

In addition to representing students internally in the College on the Academic Board and with a subcommittee of the College Corporation, the CCSU also belongs to the National Union of Students which represents the interests of students nationally. The Union also arranges and supports entertainments, sporting activities and trips.


Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
The Corey Learning Resources Centre provides easy access to a wide range of printed and audiovisual learning materials which can help students with coursework. There is ample space for quiet independent study and there are also areas for group work. Resources provided include books, journals, audio and video cassettes and CD-ROMs. Inter-library loans are available locally and nationally via the British Library. All students are encouraged to use the Open Access Information Technology Centre situated on the first floor. This has a variety of computing, word processing and desktop publishing software.


A branch of Waterstone’s bookshops is located on campus, where you can buy a range of stationery, drawing equipment, artists’ materials and books, as well as many other useful items you may need.

Children’s Centre

The College Children’s Centre has places for under 5s with some subsidised places being available to students. Places are limited, so, if you are interested, apply early to reserve a place by contacting Linda Baker on the College telephone number.


This provides refreshments between 08.30 and 19.00 with hot meals served three times a day. Healthy eating options are available.

Coffee Shop

This is open during normal College hours and serves light snacks and drinks. Proceeds from the Coffee Shop go to the Students’ Union.

Crypt Restaurant

This is a training restaurant which offers good quality cuisine in pleasant surroundings. Meals are very reasonably priced and you are invited to sample the students’ highly skilled dishes when the restaurant is open to the public during the week. Reservations can be made on 01227511244.

Chapel View Restaurant

This is another training restaurant and is set up as a quick-service facility which offers a selection of snacks and main courses at a modest price.

Questions 16-21

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the passage “Student life at Canterbury College”?

In boxes 15-20 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

16. Many students are allocated a job experience placement abroad.  
17. The elections for the Union President and Executive Committee are held together.  
18. There are staff in the LRC to help students use the facilities.  
19. Nursery care is available on a first-came, first-served basis.  
20. The Refectory serves fast-food options.  
21. The Chapel View Restaurant is for students only.




This course will enable students to experience performing arts and the media at a basic level. It will give them the experience to decide if they wish to pursue an interest in this field and to develop their potential and adaptability for working in a performance company in either a performing or a technical role.


The aim of this course is to provide a thorough grounding in business-related skills and a comprehensive knowledge of business practice. It is for students with a business studies background who can manage a heavy workload that will contain a greater degree of academic study.


This course provides progression to a range of higher levels. Units will include maintaining employment standards, salon management duties, providing facial massage and skin care, instruction on makeup, lash and brow treatments, artificial nail structures and ear piercing.


This course is designed to develop skills used in leisure operations. It covers preparing for and conducting physical activities, maintenance of facility areas, building relationships with participants and colleagues, handling sports equipment and health and safety issues.


This course gives a foundation for a career in caring for children, the elderly or people with special needs. Core units are Numeracy, Communication and Information Technology. Work placements are an important part of the course.


This course is designed to provide a foundation in graphic and visual communication skills. Students complete units in picture composition and photographic processing alongside elements of graphic design, and gain hands-on experience of desktop publishing and presentations.


This course is designed to provide an introduction to the construction industry. Units covered include Heat, Light and Sound, Introduction to the Urban Environment, Communication Processes and Techniques and Properties of Materials. AII students complete vocational assignments which are integrated with work experience with reputable companies.


The qualifications gained and the skills developed on this course will provide a good basis for gaining employment in office work. In addition to word processing, the course also covers spreadsheets, computerised accounting, databases and desktop publishing. AII students are given chances to develop their confidence, and advice and information is given on job search skills, presentation techniques and personal appearance.

Questions 22-28

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Look at the ‘List of Courses at Canterbury College’ A-H.
Which course would you recommend for people with the following career interests?

Write the correct letter A-H in boxes 22-28 on your answer sheet.

22. advertising  
23. TV production  
24. architecture  
25. company management
26. working with the disabled
27. secretariat tasks
28. beauty therapy

Section 3

 Question 29-41

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

 You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 29-41 which are based on the text below.

Read the text below and answer Questions 29-41.


Domestic travel
GT Reading - Australia- Domestic travel

Have you ever traveled to another part of your country and stayed for a few days? Travel within one’s own country is popular throughout the world. And, according to a survey carried out in Australia in 2002, travelers are tending to spend more and more money on their holidays.


The Domestic Tourism Expenditure Survey showed that domestic travelers – those traveling within the country – injected $23 billion into the Australian economy in 2002. As a result, domestic tourism became the mainstay of the industry, accounting for 75 percent of total tourism expenditure in Australia. International tourism, on the other hand, added $7 billion to the economy. Overall, in present dollar terms, Australians spent $7 billion more on domestic tourism in 2002 than they did when the first survey of tourist spending was completed in 1991.

Thus, tourism has become one of Australia’s largest industries. The combined tourist industry now accounts for about 5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, compared with agriculture at 4.3 percent and manufacturing at 8 percent. Tourism is, therefore, an important earner for both companies and individuals in a wide range of industries. For example, the transport industry benefits from the extra money poured into it. Hotels spring up in resort areas to provide accommodation, and the catering industry gains as tourists spend money in restaurants. The retail sector benefits as well, as many tourists use their holidays to shop for clothes, accessories, and souvenirs.


In most countries, land is divided into different political areas. Australia is divided into six states and two territories. Since people travel for different reasons, there are significant differences in the length of time people stay in different locations, and in the amount they spend while there.

In 2002, Australian residents spent $8.4 billion on day trips and almost twice that amount on trips involving at least one night away from home. In that year, a total of 45 million overnight trips were made in Australia. Of these, 14.9 million were spent in New South Wales, 10.3 million were spent in Queensland, and 9.2 million were spent in Victoria. Fewer nights were spent in the other states, with 3.7 million in South Australia, 1.5 million in Tasmania, and 5 million in Western Australia. Despite the popularity of destinations such as Ayers Rock and Kakadu National Park, only 0.4 million overnight stays were recorded in the Northern Territory.


New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria attracted the greatest tourism revenue, with $5.2 billion, $5.1 billion, and $3.3 billion spent there respectively. The average expenditure for trips was $395 per person, with accommodation the biggest expenditure, followed by meals and fuel. The survey also showed that costs were higher for interstate travelers, who each spent an average of $812 per trip compared with $255 for those who traveled within one state. Trips to the Northern Territory were the most expensive, followed by Queensland, with South Australia and Victoria the least.

Comparing the costs of trips for different purposes, the survey found that business trips were the most expensive because they were more likely to involve stays in commercial accommodation. Trips taken for educational reasons – to visit universities, museums, etc. – were also expensive, especially as they usually required inter-state plane tickets. Family holidays lay in the medium range, with transport and fares contributing to the cost, but adventure parks the major expense. But while visits to friends and relatives were the least expensive – due to lower accommodation, food, and transport costs – these travelers spent most on shopping.


The survey also estimates that Australians made 253 million day trips in 2002, visiting parks, beaches, and city attractions. The largest expenses were petrol costs (averaging $10 per day trip), followed by meals, souvenirs, and entry fees. Day trips tended to cost the most in the Northern Territory, while South Australia was the cheapest. Overall, the survey found that men traveling alone spent more than any tourist group. In particular, men spent more on transport and meals. Women traveling alone spent the most on clothes, while souvenirs were bought more often by families than by other tourists.

The challenge for the tourism industry now is to encourage Australians to continue spending money on travel and, if possible, to increase the amount they spend.

Questions 29-31

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Complete the table below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 29-31 on your answer sheet.

Industries that benefit from tourism
29 ………………
30 ………………
31 ………………

Questions 32-35

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 32-35 on your answer sheet..

32. The state or territory in which the highest number of overnight trips was made was ……………………………
33. The state or territory in which the lowest number of overnight trips was made was ………………………….
34. People travelling from state to state spent more than those travelling ………………………..
35. The TWO cheapest states or territories to travel to were ………………………. and …………………………..

Questions 36-39

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Complete the table below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 36-39 on your answer sheet.

              Major Expenses for different trips

Purpose of tripMajor expense
family holiday37………………..
visiting relatives38………………..
day trips39………………..

Questions 40 and 41

 IELTS General Reading Practice Test 40 with Answers

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 12 and 13 on your answer sheet.

40. The category of people who spent the most on travel in Australia in 2002 were …………………………..
41. The category who spent the most on souvenirs were …………………………..

General Reading Test 39 With Answers