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IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers


Section 1

Question 1-14

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

Read the information below and answer Question 1-7.


IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

ONLINE Tutors are excellent EFL/ESL teachers from around the world! They can be your private English tutor right on your computer! To send an email message to an ONLINE Tutor, just click on the name and write a short message to introduce yourself!

A.  Astrid Manyana (F 46) Chile

Special offer for Spanish speakers: bilingual teaching of English grammar and explanations in Spanish. 25 years’ experience teaching all levels from age 15 to 55. Basics, oral, written, specific interests [eg: tourism] and preparation for Cambridge and IE0S exams. I can make speaking English easy for you!

B.  John Bennett-Smith (M 27) Canada

I have been teaching English conversation as a volunteer in a language centre in my city for about one year. I have also been using e-mail. ICQ and NetMeeting to teach grammar, composition and conversation over the Internet to about 20 or so students for about the same length of time. I am willing to teach (free of charge), privately or to groups, and to teach those language skills which are of interest to a particular student.

C.  Pamela Arrowsmith (F 56) Australia

I have taught English for over 30 years, and have developed a range of classroom materials. And I offer tutoring assistance in all areas of English, with an emphasis on Business Writing for EFL adults. I can arrange trips to Australia for business and professional adults, either individuals or groups [maximum of four adults] and these can include English classes. If desired.

D. Jean-Pierre Joya (M 22) France

I really like to create new kinds of teaching materials and I usually create my own activities instead of using the same Kind of exercises and texts we all are used to. Let’s try that in our classes – it will be fun! I have a BA and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and I have been teaching all levels of ESL student for more than 3 years. I offer a complimentary assessment of your skill level.

E.  Naoe Nagayo (F 36) Japan

I have taught English as a Foreign Language for 6 years. I have a TEFL certificate from the USA and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK. My students range from pre-schoolers to adults. With my experience and knowledge, I can help you to target your learning difficulties and Improve your English ability!

Questions 1-5

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

Look at the description of Online Tutors (A-E).

Write the appropriate letter A-E in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

Which tutor would you choose…?
Example: …… if your first language was Spanish?
Answer: A

1. …… to teach young children?
2. …… to improve English for your business?
3. …… if you didn’t have much money?
4. …… if you were bored with the usual language learning exercises?
5. …… to do exam preparation

Questions 6 and 7

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Choose two appropriate letters, A-E, for answers 6 and 7.
Write two letters in boxes 6 and 7 on your answer sheet.

Which TWO descriptions mention –

6. …… language teaching qualifications?
7. …… more than 10 years’ teaching experience?

Read the information about recycling and answer Questions 8-14.


IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

No-Waste is a goal and a process that involves individuals, communities, businesses and all levels of government. It leads to a future where trash is a thing of the past. Solid waste isn’t hidden or buried in landfills but fully utilised as the valuable resource that it is. Through redesign, reduction, reuse, repair, recycling, composting and changes in attitude,  we aim to create opportunity and wealth instead of garbage.

RECYCLING – Inside your blue box

Every second week: Put garbage and recyclables out before 8 AM on collection day.

Household Plastic containers

Includes milk jugs, yoghurt containers, detergent bottles. Excludes containers made of foam, plastic containers which held ammonia-based products, or metal bottle lids. Rinse to remove food or residue. Leave labels on, flatten or stack plastic containers to reduce space required.

Glass containers

Leave labels on. Rinse. Discard caps.
No other types of glass such as kitchenware, drinking glasses, window glass, light bulbs, mirrors or any broken glass.


Food and beverage containers.
Cans – rinse and remove labels, flatten and fold together.
Foil trays – rinse, flatten and fold together.
No metal pots, take out container lids, cigarette wrappings.

Beside your blue box


Household paper – junk mail, envelopes, brochures, paper bags, egg cartons (fibre only); box packaging such as cereal, shoe boxes, paper towel cores, white and coloured office paper, telephone books.
Remove liners, flatten packaging and place inside the bag.
Mo drinking boxes, paper towels or waxed paper.


Newspapers, inserts, sales flyers, magazines and catalogues. Remove magazine covers, perfumed inserts. Ho books or soiled newspapers.


Race clean textiles in a separate plastic shopping bag tied with string.


Packing boxes, liquor boxes.
Flatten bundles and tie – no larger than 30 x 30 x 8. Place beside the blue box. No waxed or coated boxes, soiled pizza boxes.

Questions 8-10

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Choose ONE item only from the list below to go in each recycling container.

8.  in the Blue Box   ……………….
9.  in the Yellow Bag ……………….
10. in the Blue Bag  ……………….


telephone book
old clothing
wed pizza delivery box
ceramic cup
heavy cardboard
packing box
old textbook
aluminium drink
light bulb

Questions 11-14

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

Look at the following statements. In boxes 11-14 on your answer sheet write –

YES  if the answer is “yes’
NO    if the answer is ‘no’
NOT GIVEN   if there is no information about this in the passage

11. Do I put out items for recycling every other week?
12. Should I remove labels from food cans?
13. Can I recycle a broken window?
14. Is there a separate collection for large household items?

Section 2

Question 15-27

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

Read the text below and answer Question 15-18.


IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers


Hotel management provides exciting career opportunities in the dynamic hospitality and tourism industry. Indeed, tourism is the world’s fastest growing industry. Recent figures show tourism enjoying a growth rate 23% higher than that of the global economy, employing some 212 million and earning in the region of $ US 3.4 trillion per annum.

In a year from now, employment figures are predicted to exceed 338 million, with revenue above SUS7.2 trillion. The vast majority of new jobs will be in the Asia-Pacific region, which by the year 2010 will attract 1 in every 5 of the world’s holidaymakers. The employment prospects for the International College of Hospitality Management’s graduates are exciting.

The International College of Hospitality Management

The International College of Hospitality Management provides diploma and degree level hotel management training for the international hospitality and tourism industry. Established in 1993, the International College of Hospitality Management is the Asia-Pacific Basin campus cf the renowned European Hotel Association. It also incorporates the classical French cooking training of Le Gourmet, Paris.

International Hotel Management Diploma

The International College of Hospitality Management course is industry-oriented, balancing operative, supervisory and management level training. The Diploma course is 3 years full time. Semesters 1, 3 and 5 are spent studying on campus, and Semesters 2, 4 and 6 are spent in the industry on undergraduate placements, called ‘stages’. One stage may be taken up with language studies.

Bachelor of Business (Hotel Management) Degree

Students who graduate with the International Hotel Management Diploma are assured of a further year of Degree Study at the University of the Antipodes. Studies will focus on such areas as: Global Marketing, Strategic Management, Total Quality Management, Cross-Cultural Communications, Developing Organisations and Management of Change, Global Development in Hospitality and Tourism, Intercultural Relations. Under certain circumstances the final year of study can be conducted on a part-time basis and by distance education mode, enabling students to study while maintaining a full-time career in the hospitality industry, either here or in their home country.

Questions 15-18

Choose ONE phrase from the list below (A-J) to complete each of the following sentences.

NB  There are more phrases than required, so you will not use all of them.

15. The hospitality industry…
16. The College…
17. The Diploma course…
18. The Degree course…


A. …includes work experience placements overseas.
B. …can be done by distance mode.
C. …requires foreign language studies.
D. …has links with overseas institutions.
E. …must be completed in Australia.
F. …combines study with industry placements.
G. …offers expanding opportunities for employment.
H. …must be completed in one year.
I. …takes 3 years to complete, part-time.
J. …consists of several campuses.

Read the text below and answer Questions 19-23.

Training Facilities

The International College of Hospitality Management has more than 120 professional lecturers and international-standard, training facilities. These include three public restaurants, ten commercial training kitchens, simulated front office training facilities, four computer suites, a fully operational winery, and a food science laboratory. The Learning Resource Centre collection is extensive. The student support services provide professional counselling in the areas of health, learning support, language skills, accommodation and welfare. Childcare facilities are also available on campus.

International Home

The International College of Hospitality Management has students enrolled from more than 20 countries, some of whom stay on campus in International House. Built in 1999, International House is accommodation comprising villa-style units. Each student has their own bedroom, sharing en suite facilities with another student. An adjoining kitchenette and lounge area is shared by the four students in the villa. All meals are served in the College dining room which is next to the student common room. Student privacy and security are priorities.

A computer outlet in each bedroom enables a student to connect to the College network, providing 24 hour-a-day access. The residence is a two-minute walk to the College’s sporting and training facilities and is on a regular bus service to the city centre 10 km away. International House is also being used to enhance on-campus training, from Monday to Friday, Year 1 students, supervised by 2nd Years, are assigned kitchen, waiting, housekeeping and receptionist duties. Simulated check-in/check-out exercises, receptionist duties and breakfast service to a limited number of rooms are also part of the program.

Questions 19-23

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

Look at the following statements.

In boxes 19-23 on your answer sheet, write –

YES      if the statement is correct according to the passage
NO         if the statement is incorrect according to the passage

NOT GIVEN    if the information is not given in the passage

19. The training facility has 10 kitchens.
20. All students in the program live at International House.
21. Four students share a unit in the residence.
22. The residence is used as part of the training program.
23. All meals in the residence are prepared by the students.

Read the text below and answer Questions 24-27.

Short Courses

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers


This certificate is designed for participants wishing to acquire the skills to perform duties relevant to a front office receptionist working within a range of hospitality establishments. The course includes: front office and organisational structure, role and duties of front office personnel, guests’ reservations and registrations, check-in and check-out procedures, guest accounting and management reports.


This certifícate is designed for participants wishing to develop a solid understanding of, and the ability to perform duties and skills required in advanced front office operations and night auditing. The course includes: night auditing procedures, daily records and reports, early and late arrivals, security duties, bell desk/concierge, guest service and information, advanced cashiering, supervision of payments, banking operations, debtor control and financial reports.


This certificate is designed for participants wishing to acquire the skills relevant to table attendant duties within an a la carte restaurant. The course includes: table setting for a variety of menus, plate and silver service, tray and wine service, ordering and docket systems, wine styles and label identification, food and wine combinations.


This certificate is designed for participants wishing to acquire the skills to perform a bar attendant’s duties within range of industry settings. Course includes: bar preparation, cash handling, beer service, patron care, basic cocktail mixing, product knowledge.

Questions 24-27

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

Four short courses (A-D) from the ‘International Hotel Management Diploma’ are outlined in the text above.

Choose the correct title (i-viii) for each course from the list below.

NB There are more titles than descriptions so you will not use all of them.

List of Course Titles

i. Food and Wine Service
ii. Housekeeping Procedures
iii. Cocktails and Mixed Drinks
iv. Hotel Front Office Management
v. Bars and Service of Drinks
vi. Resort Operation and Management
vii. Catering Control
viii. Hotel Front Office Reception

24.  Course  A
25.  Couise  B
26.  Couise  C
27.  Couise  D

Section 3

Question 28-40

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

Read the text below and answer Question 28-40.

From Londinium to London

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers


The history of London spans a period of approximately 2,000 years. On its way to becoming one of the present-day financial and cultural capitals of the world, momentous highs and lows have accompanied the town. By 43 AD, an early point in its history, a time when Romans had invaded Britain, it had already been a target of several external invasions. The Roman settlers there at the time named the area Londinium, which is commonly believed to be the origin of the present-day name, London.


Researchers believe that before the Romans, no city existed where London is today. It was just a rural area with significant richness and attractiveness in terms of natural resources and location. They base this on the fact that only very scattered evidence of farming, burial and habitation have been uncovered in the area. Early Roman London, which is also referred to as The First London, was a very small area that existed for just 17 years.

Around 61 AD the Celtic-speaking Iceni tribe from Eastern Britain, who opposed the occupying forces of the Roman Empire, stormed the city and burnt it to the ground. By 100 AD it was rebuilt according to a development plan and was made the capital of the Roman province of Britannia. By the 2nd century AD, London had a population of approximately 60,000.  In the 3rd century AD, however, due to internal troubles within the Roman Empire, the city was brought down again. By the 5th century AD, it had become an abandoned city.


During the next century, the area near London saw the settlement of a new race of people, the Anglo-Saxons. These people started to migrate about 1 kilometre upstream from the Roman London city. Their settlement was called Lundenwic, and had fishing and trading as its economic base. Disaster struck for the city in 850 AD when its defence was broken down by a major Viking1 raid. However, the Viking occupation which had lasted for 20 years was overturned by Alfred the Great, the new King of England, who succeeded in establishing power via a peaceful agreement. He rebuilt the defensive wall for the city to protect his people.

Gradually, as a result of contributions by the then ruling kings, London once again became an international trading centre and political powerhouse. However, in the late 10th century Vikings raided again and took control of the city and forced the ruling King Ethelred to flee.  His army then made a counter attack and won. Thus, English control was once more established.  


King Canute ruled London and the adjacent countryside until his death in 1042, when his son, Edward, took control and re-founded Westminster Abbey. By this time London had already become the largest city in the whole of England. In 1066 William the Conqueror became the King of England and built a castle in the southeast part to better keep a watchful eye on its inhabitants.

The later kings expanded the castle, which is now known as the Tower of London. During 1097 William II built Westminster Hall adjacent to the Westminster Abbey as a key structure in the new Palace of Westminster, which was the main royal residence all through the Middle Ages. Primarily, because of the unique administration through the Corporation of London, which was the municipal governing body that later became the City of London Corporation, London became a centre of trade and commerce and was named the capital of England in the 12th century. 


In 1588 the Spanish Armada sailed against England and was defeated. The defeat of the Spanish led to more political stability in England allowing London to prosper even more.  Good times followed until tragedy struck during the middle and late 16th century through The Great Fire of London. Starting from a small bakery, the fire burnt to the ground, the homes of 70,000 of London’s 80,000 inhabitants. Rebuilding the city would take ten long years. The middle of the 17th century was also a matter of great misfortune for London due to an outbreak of the Great Plague, which caused the deaths of almost a fifth of the population.


The first quarter of the 18th century saw London become and remain the world’s largest city. Major developments within this period included the building of a rail network and a city metro system; the systematic development of a workforce; a local government system and other large-scale building of infrastructure. After World War II, London became home to a large number of immigrants – especially those from other parts of the Commonwealth – making London one of the most culturally diverse cities in the whole of Europe. Despite occasional set-backs – like the Brixton Riots in the early 1980s – the integration of new migrants into London was comparatively smoother than other regions around the United Kingdom.


From the 1980s onward, some successful economic reforms and revival programs were implemented in London that significantly contributed to re-establish it as a pre-eminent international centre. Today London is considered by many to be the most important and influential city in Europe with around 32% of all foreign exchange around the world occurring in the city on a daily basis. The British government continues to devote more resources to the development of London with the people of the city now preparing to hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics.

1Ship-borne warriors originating from Scandinavia i.e. northern Europe.

Questions 28 – 35

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

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 example of two groups of people making an agreement, not to war
29. a big upcoming event for London
30. London as a deserted city
31. commonly believed to be the origination of the word ‘London’
32. London and a mass disease
33. most of the city dwellers lost their dwelling place
34. the main reason why London became the capital of England

35. an example of a conclusion made by those who study history.

Questions 36-40

IELTS General Reading Practise Test 33 With Answers

Do the following information 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 with the information
    NOT GIVEN   if there is no information in this

36.  The Romans gave London its name.
37.  A sudden attack on The First London totally destroyed it.
38.  The area, once known as Early Roman London, now joins with modern-day London.
39.  In order to control the people of London more effectively, William the Conqueror built a castle.
40.  70,000 houses were burnt by the Great Fire of London.

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