General Ielts Reading Material

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 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 Reviews below and answer Questions 1-5.


Your Chinese Horoscope 2003
Astrologer Neil Somerville suggests the Year of the Goat will be one of healing. It was a Goat year that the first human organ transplant was performed and it appears that there will be more medical breakthroughs.
   — Maggie Hamilton


Start Me Up
For someone leaving the safety of full-time employment to face
the risks and challenges of running their own business, Start Me
Up by Toney Fitzgerald is not a bad learning tool.
   — Graeme Berwick


The Autobiography of Pat Cash
The book covers Pat Cash’s tennis career from junior Davis Cup member to Wimbledon champion. Cash also frankly shares his opinion on all matters relating to professional tennis.
    — Joanne Dover


Gardens by the Sea showcases gardens all over the world. Some are grand, some are humble, but each of these stunning creations bears witness to the gardener’s dedication in the face of the harsh realities of seaside living.
   — Gordon Bain

Walking Home with Marie-Claire
This is a story about Pauline in Grade 6 at a primary school in the 70s. She meets a new friend, Marie-Claire with a very unusual family. But why won’t Marie-Claire let Pauline meet her family? The book portrays the lives of families struggling to understand each other’s points of view.
   — Merle Morcom


Splendours of an Ancient Civilisation
This book is the perfect coffee table book for lovers of Ancient Egypt. Its appeal lies in the colour photography and the illustrations. They include detailed close-ups of the most impressive and well-known objects and buildings of the time.
   — Myffanwy Bryant


Never Count Out the Dead
Police Officer John Sully is tricked into driving thirteen-year-old Shay Storey to an isolated spot, where her mother, Dee, is waiting to kill him. Sully miraculously survives and Dee flees to Mexico, where she abandons her daughter. Sully is contacted by a journalist who offers to help him catch Dee and find her daughter.
    — Phillip Knowles

Fresh Flavours of India
This is a mouth-watering book packed with innovative ideas that reflect the author’s passion for his homeland’s cuisine. The author offers dishes from contemporary India with straightforward recipes that burst with flavour and aroma.
    –Gordon Bain

[Reviews are adapted from reviews first appearing in Good Reading (magazine)]

Questions 1-5

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Look at the reviews of books (A-H).

Match each question 1-5 with a boob review (A-H). Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on the answer sheet.

You may use any letter more than once.

Example: Which book deals with cooking?     
Answer: H

1.  Which book is detective fiction?  
2.  Which book handles commercial matters?  
3.  Which book teaches about past history?  
4.  Which book is written by a sporting personality?
5.  Which book attempts to predict future discoveries in the field of medicine?

Read the text and answer Questions 6-14.

Legal information on call

What is Dial-A-Law?

Dial-A-Law is a library of pre-recorded messages to provide general information on specific topics of law. You can call this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and listen to any tape from our complete library of pre-recorded messages.

Dial-A-Law provides information, not legal advice. Each legal problem is different so if you have a legal problem you should talk to a solicitor. If you don’t have a solicitor, the Legal Referral Service can refer you to a solicitor in your area.

While the Dial-A-Law information service is available 24 hours a day, the Legal Referral Service is open only during normal business hours.

What if I need a solicitor?

If you listen to a Dial-A-Law message after business hours, you can phone the Legal Referral Service during business hours the following day on the number given to you at the end of the message.

If you listen to a Dial-A-Law message during business hours and decide you want a referral to a solicitor, press the appropriate number when prompted and you will be automatically transferred to the Legal Referral Service.

You will be given the names of up to three solicitors in your suburb who practise in the specific area of law you require. You can simply arrange an appointment with one of these solicitors. Then you must contact the Legal Referral Service to obtain a referral letter. You must hand this to the solicitor at the beginning of your interview He or she will give you an initial interview of up to 30 minutes free of charge.

During the interview, the solicitor will tell you if you have a legal case, what is involved, approximately how long it should take to solve the problem, and how much it is likely to cost. Then, if you and the solicitor agree, you may hire the solicitor to handle your problem at his or her normal fee.

 — Law Institute Victoria, Dial-A-Law and the legal referral service

Questions 6-9

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Read the Reading Passage “Legal information on call” about a new way to get legal information.

Choose the correct letter A-D for questions 6-9.

Write your answers in boxes 6-9 on the answer sheet.

6.  Dial-A-Law is
    A. a group of solicitors.
    B. a law college library.
    C. a legal telephone service.
    D. a legal Internet message bank.
7. Dial-A-Law will
   A. give legal counselling.
   B. inform listeners about particular legal subjects.
   C. suggest to clients which solicitor they should see.

   D. supply advice on difficulties concerning the law.
8. Dial-A-Law is available to customers
   A. at any time.
   B. on weekdays only.
   C. during business hours.
   D. for thirty minutes at a time.
9. The Legal Referral Service will
   A. A recommend a legal consultant.
   B. nominate three solicitors in the client’s vicinity.
   C. choose the best of three solicitors for the client.

   D. decide whether the client must pay for a legal problem.

Questions 6-10

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text ‘Legal information on call’?

In boxes 6-10 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

10.  The client can be transferred to a solicitor at any time.  
11.  The first consultation with a solicitor is always free.  
12.  The client must write ä letter of referral for the solicitor.  
13.  The solicitor will advise the client of the expense involved in a legal matter.  
14.  The client should take the first solicitor offered. 

Section 2

Question 15-27

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

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

Read the passage below and answer Questions 15-19.

Advice for Employees

Safe computer use

Most people suffer no ill-effects from using VDUs (Visual Display Units) as they don’t give out harmful levels of radiation and rarely cause any kind of skin complaint. If you do suffer ill-effects, it may be because of the way you’re using the computer and this can be avoided by well-designed workstations. When working at a VDU, make sure you keep a good posture and that your eyes are level with the screen.

Under health and safety regulations your employer should look at VDU workstations, and reduce any risks by supplying any equipment considered necessary (e.g. a wrist rest). They should also provide health and safety training. This also applies if you’re working at home as an employee and using a VDU for a long period of time.


There is no legal limit to how long you should work at a VDU, but under health and safety regulations you have the right to breaks from work using a VDU. This doesn’t have to be a rest break, just a different type of work. Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests it’s better to take frequent short breaks but if your job means spending long periods at a VDU, for example as in the case of data input, then longer breaks from your workstation should be introduced.

If you’re disabled, your employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for you may mean that they will provide you with special computer equipment. You can also get advice and maybe help with paying for equipment from the local job centre.


Studies haven’t shown a link between VDU use and damage to eyesight, but if you feel that using a VDU screen is making your eyes tired, tell your employee safety representative. You have the right to a free eyesight test if you use a VDU a lot during work hours. If you’re prescribed glasses your company must pay for them, provided they’re required in your job.

If you have any health problems you think may be caused by your VDU, contact your line manager. He/she has a duty to consult you on health and safety issues that affect you, and should welcome early reporting of any issue.

Questions 15-19

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Complete the sentences below.

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

Write your answers in boxes 10-14 on your answer sheet.

15. It is unusual to get a ……………………. as a result of using computers.
16. Employers may be required to provide you with items such as a ……………………. to use while at work.
17. If your job involves tasks such as ……………………. , the advice from the HSE may not apply.
18. Financial assistance in the case of special requirements may be available from the …………………….
19. Any concerns about the effect of using a VDU on your general well-being should be reported to ……………………. .

Read the text and answer Questions 20-27.

Job Opening

1. The Vitamin Shoppe: 1,946 part-time openings.

The Vitamin Shoppe is a New Jersey-based retailer of nutritional supplements. They also operate stores in Canada under the name “VitaPath”. The company provides approximately 8,000 different SKU’s of supplements through its retail stores and over 20,000 different SKU’s of supplements through its online retail websites.

Employee Review: “Good growth opportunities and stores opening all over the US all year ’round. Company based out of NJ, so more progressive policies on employment and benefits. Good vacation, health, and dental benefits. Payment is above average. Good policies on customer service interaction as well. Focus on Customer service vs. pushing products.”

2. Chipotle: 1,553 part-time openings.

Chipotle is known for its use of organic meats throughout its more than 1,500 restaurants, which are located in 45 states. Since having been founded in 1993, the chain has since exploded and now counts some 37,000 employees. It is a pioneer in the “fast casual” dining movement.

Employee Review: “The people I work with are awesome and the food is good. It pays my bills and makes me laugh. The schedule is super flexible but it’s a lot of work. If you’re looking for something easy and laid back, keep looking.”

3. Advantage Sales & Marketing: 1,742 part-time openings.

Advantage Sales & Marketing provides outsourced sales, merchandising, and marketing services to consumer goods and food product manufacturers and suppliers. Owning more than 65 offices in the US and Canada, ASM does merchandising for 1,200 clients — including Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Unilever, Energizer.

Employee Review: “Long lasting business, able to adapt to changes in the market. Well-thought-out schedule, and flexible time off for both vacation and illness.”

4. PSA Healthcare: 1,295 part-time openings.

PSA Healthcare, also known as Pediatric Services of America, provides comprehensive home health services through a branch of office across the United States. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Employee Review: “I love working one-on-one with the pediatric patient and their families. You have the time needed to give a great compassionate care! Office staff and supervisors are very good with both employees and clients. There is a lot of flexibility with staffing. I never received grief for requesting a day off.”

Questions 20-27

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 20–27 on your answer sheet.

20. Which offer has the most part-time openings?
      A Chipotle
      B PSA Healthcare
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing

21. Which of these companies operate both in USA and Canada?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe and Advantage Sales & Marketing
      B PSA Healthcare and Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C Chipotle and PSA Healthcare
      D PSA Healthcare and The Vitamin Shoppe

22. Which company was founded in 1993?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C PSA Healthcare
      D Chipotle

23. The main office of which company is situated in Atlanta?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe
      B PSA Healthcare
      C Chipotle
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing

24. VitaPath is the other name of which company?
      A PSA Healthcare
      B Chipotle
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing


25. Which review doesn’t mention a comfortable timetable?
      A Chipotle
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D PSA Healthcare

26. Which company is described as a long lasting business?
      A PSA Healthcare
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C Universal Protection Service
      D Chipotle

27. Organic meat is used by what company?
      A Chipotle
      B The Vitamin Shoppe
      C Advantage Sales & Marketing
      D None of them

Section 3

Question 28-40

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

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

Read the passage below and answer Questions 28-40.

The end of the silver screen?

Cinema technology has remained much the same for over a century, so when will it go digital? Kevin Hilton views the projections.


Cinema is full of contradictions. It is high-tech and old-fashioned at the same time. Today’s films are full of digital sound and computer-generated special effects. Yet they are still stored on celluloid film, the basis of which is more than 100 years old. They are also displayed with projectors and screens that seem to belong to our great-grandparents’ generation.


Now that we are in the second century of cinema, there are moves to bring the medium right up to date. This will involve revolutionising not just how films are made but also how they are distributed and presented. The aim is not only to produce and prepare films digitally but to be able to send them to movie theatres by digital, electronic means. High-resolution digital projectors would then show the film. Supporters say this will make considerable savings at all stages of this chain, particularly for distribution.


With such a major technological revolution on the horizon, it seems strange that the industry is still not sure what to call itself. This may appear a minor point, but the choices, ‘digital’ cinema and ‘electronic’ cinema (e-cinema), suggest different approaches to, and aspects of, the business. Digital cinema refers to the physical capture of images; e-cinema covers the whole chain, from production through post-production (editing, addition of special effects and construction of soundtrack) to distribution and projection.


And what about the effects of the new medium? The main selling point of digital cinema is the high resolution and sharpness of the final image. But those who support the old-fashioned approach to film point to the celluloid medium’s quality of warmth. A recurring criticism of video is that it may be too good: uncomfortably real, rather like looking through an open window. In 1989, the director of the first full-length American digital high-definition movie admitted that the picture had a ‘stark, strange reality to it’.


Even the money-saving aspect of e-cinema is doubted. One expert says that existing cinemas will have to show the new material and not all of them will readily or rapidly furnish themselves with the right equipment. ‘E-cinema is seen as a way of saving money because print costs a lot,’ he says. Thus for that to work, cinemas have to be showing the films because cinemas are the engine that drives the film industry.’


This view has prompted some pro-digital entrepreneurs to take a slightly different approach. HD Thames is looking at reinventing the existing cinema market, moving towards e-theatre, which would use digital video and projection to present plays, musicals and some sporting events to the public. This is not that different from the large-screen TV system that was set up in New York in 1930, and John Logie Baird’s experiments with TV in the late 1920s and early 30s.

Questions 28-33

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

The Reading Passage “The end of the silver screen?” has six paragraphs A–F.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write numbers, i-ix, in boxes 28-33 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

i. Indecision about a name
ii. Current problems with distribution
iii. Uncertainty about financial advantages
iv. The contrasts of cinema today
v. The history of cinema
vi. Integrating other events into cinema
vii. The plans for the future of films
viii. An unexpected advantage
ix. Too true to life?

28.  Paragraph A
29.  Paragraph B
30.  Paragraph C
31.  Paragraph D
32.  Paragraph E
33.  Paragraph F

Questions 34-38

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 34-38 on your answer sheet.

There are big changes ahead for cinema if digital production takes place and the industry no longer uses (34) ……………. and gets rid of the old-fashioned (35) ……………. and used to show movies. The main advantage is likely to be that the final image will be clearer. However, some people argue that the digital picture will lack (36) …………….. In addition, digital production will only reduce costs if cinemas are willing to buy new (37) …………….. As a result, experiments with what is called (38) ‘……………’ may mark a change in the whole entertainment industry.

Questions 39 and 40

IELTS General Reading Practice Test 49 With Answers

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write letters A-D in boxes 39 and 40 on your answer sheet.

39.  What does e-cinema concept cover?
    A)  physical capture of images
    B)  displaying cinemas with projectors
    C)  from production to distribution and projection
    D)  distributing cinemas electronically

40.  the e-theatre concept would involve –
    A) broadcasting live sporting events
    B)  up to date theatrical performance
    C) digital capture of image
    D) the use digital video and projection

General Reading Test 48