IELTS Reading General Training Mock Test 15 August 2020

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SECTION 1 - Questions 1–13

Read the text below and answer Questions 1–7.

Procedures for modern day food courts

A. Fighting back against the growing popularity in online shopping, malls are attracting customers to physically come to them for more than the shopping experience itself. The attraction of great food to be tried is one way of doing so.

B. Food Courts are almost always located on the top floor of the mall, accessed by a trio of elevators, lifts and stairwells. From time to time, however, these may be located in the basement of the shopping centre.

C. These modern eating areas are typically an open-plan layout whereby the multitude of food outlets are located along the outside walls of a large open space, with plentiful tables and chairs placed in the spacious interior.

D. The food choices range from Korean barbecue bars to Japanese sushi stalls, from boiled dumplings and steamed filled buns to bubbling hot pots and soup vendors. More often than not nowadays, Western-style options are available too offering sumptuous steaks.

E. The process of purchasing your meal is straightforward. Firstly, purchase a food card from the cashier topped up with the amount of money you intend to spend and then make your order directly at the specific food vendor who will swipe your card. Wait patiently, then they will shout out your receipt number and you collect the delicious delights cooked up from the vendor once again.

F. Foreign visitors and out-of-town day-trippers are easily drawn to these eating establishments for a couple of reasons; firstly being they offer up a wide range of eating options to try at affordable prices; and secondly that they are extremely simple to use for those who cannot comprehend the local language.

G. There may be one or two drawbacks of using these places of course; one of which being they are often bustling and boisterous places packed with numerous diners; secondly, food hygiene cannot always be guaranteed.

H. Overall, it is safe to say that the benefits of these food courts far outweigh some potential and occasional drawbacks and that the popularity of these eating establishments are certain to grow in the future.

Questions 1–7

The text has 8 sections, A-H
Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings below.
Select the correct letter, A-H, for questions 1-7.

1. The disadvantages of these food courts.
2. The design of the food courts.
3. The steps to take to buy the food.
4. Looking forwards in a positive light.
5. Why they are becoming popular with folks from other cities / countries.
6. The methods the malls are competing with internet consumption.
7. The variety to customers.
Read the text below and answer questions 8-13

Ten steps to prepare effective PPTs for presentations.

1. Compose Slides
Don’t copy & paste slides from different sources. Keep the design very basic and simple so that it shall not be distracting. Leave adequate space for any images.

2. Use Consistency
Consistently use the same font face and sizes on all slides and also match colours. You may use your company logo, highlight headers, or create a special frame for figures/images.

3. Use Contrast
Black text on a white background will always be the best but also the most boring choice. If you want to play with colours, keep it easy on the eyes and always keep good contrast in mind so that your readers do not have to strain.

4. Apply Brilliance
Carefully use colour to highlight your message! Match colours for design and a good contrast to highlight your message.

5. The K.I.S.S. Method
Keep It Straight and Simple. Keywords only are required, and there is no real need for sentences! Never read your slides, talk freely. Remember that your slides are only there to support, not to replace your talk!

6. Take-Home Message
Always express a Take Home Message. It’s your message, a summary of your data or story, so make it a highlight that stands out.

7. Add Images
Do not only use images for mere decoration! Images should be better used to reinforce or complement points, even to visualize and explain. A picture can say more than a thousand words.

8. Don’t Be Silly
Use animations and media sparingly. Animations can draw attention precisely to a certain point that needs clarification.

9. Keep Your Audience In Mind
Your target i.e. your audience defines the content of your presentation. Consider carefully their needs and simplify your slides down to the very essentials. In your talk, describe the essentials colourfully and choose your tools appropriately i.e. text, images and animations wisely. If you lose the attention of your audience, everything will be pointless— it won’t matter how clever your design is or how brilliantly you picked colours and keywords.

10. Practice
A well-prepared and enthusiastic talk will help you convince your audience and maintain their attention. Know your slides well. Speak with confidence – loud and clear.

11. Maintaining eye contact with the audience is critical.

Questions 8-13

State whether you may, must or must not do the following for questions 8-13

8. Obtain slides from a variety of locations.
9. Display headers and logos.
10. Read from the slides directly.
11. Deliver a memorable take home message.
12. Decorate slides effectively with images.
13. Keep eye contact at all times with the members in the room

SECTION 2 - Questions 14-28

Read the Information Guide for Westley Public Library and answer Questions 14 - 20.



  1. Only members of the Library may borrow items from the Library. Membership for this year is $24 for 12 month or pro rata monthly membership. Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December.
  2. Library membership consists of the right to take out 6 hardbacks and six paperbacks. Extra borrowing may be added on at the librarian’s discretion.
  3. Hardback books are taken out for a maximum of two weeks and paperbacks for a maximum of three weeks. Renewals are permitted. The books can be brought in and re-stamped for renewal or, in emergencies, members may phone in.
  4. Overdue books will be charged at a rate of 50 cents per book per week or part of a week. Lost books will be charged at the current market price plus a postage/administration charge.
  5. Popular books can be reserved on a waiting list. There is no renewal for books in this category.
  6. The Library has a CD ROM section from which members are allowed to borrow. Members borrowing a CD ROM pay a charge of $1 per CD ROM for a period of two weeks – a maximum of 3 discs may be borrowed at any one time. The Library member will be liable for any loss or damage to the CD ROM.
  7. The Library has a video and DVD section. Library members can borrow up to 2 DVDs at a time for a two day period. Members must pay a refundable $20 deposit to borrow DVDs.
  8. The Library has 10 internet terminals. Use of the terminals is not restricted to members. Any person can reserve a 30 minute or 1 hour session on one computer in the Library for internet use at the rate of $1 for 30 minutes and $2 for an hour. 8 PCs will be available to be reserved and 2 will be there on a “first come, first served” basis. Printouts of internet pages will be charged 5 cents a sheet. All PCs are equipped with CD writer facilities.
  9. Your suggestions for new books to be ordered are always most welcome and may be written in the suggestion book.


Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Wed9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Sat10.00 am - 1.00 pm


Questions 14-18
Select the appropriate price for the customer bills (Questions 14-18).

14. 2 CD ROMs for 2 weeks.
15. 11.2 hours on the internet.
16. 6 internet sheet printouts.
17. 2 books late for 1 week.
18. 6 months library membership.

Questions 19 – 20
Complete the following statements with words taken from the guide.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

  • 19 If a book that you want is already taken out, put your name on the and the book will be kept for you when it is returned.
  • 20 If library customers have any ideas on how to improve the library, they can leave a written note of their recommendation in the .
The reading passage on Halifax College has 6 paragraphs A-F and answer questions 21-28

Halifax College

Halifax College is a school situated just outside the Nova Scotia capital city of Halifax. Opened in 1935, it was first privately run by the Halifax Church Council. In 1960 it was purchased by the provincial government and since then it has been enormously extended and now operates as a day school as well as keeping its original boarding element. Currently, enrolment stands at 550 but this is expected to rise to 750 by 2005.

The school’s mission is the pursuit of excellence by its students both in academic and extracurricular fields. Prospective students are expected to show high academic potential and proficiency in any sporting or musical activity is also looked for. Entrance to the College is by an in house examination. Six scholarships are offered per year by the College in academic, sporting and musical areas (2 in each). Details of these scholarships and the entry procedure can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

Academic life at Halifax College is naturally geared towards students’ success in achieving their High School Diploma. Halifax College offers all the usual core and elective subjects and also offers a few unusual ones. See the prospectus for details.

The school is divided into three sub-schools: Elementary Years 1 - 6 Part 1 Secondary Years 7 - 9 Part 2 Secondary Years 10 - 12 Each sub-school has its own administration and is headed by its own principal. The School Council is the umbrella organization that administers the school as a whole.

As mentioned earlier, sports and music are considered very important at Halifax College. At the College, we have our own facilities for football, baseball, hockey and lacrosse. In addition to these we have our own gymnasium, sports hall, indoor swimming pool, athletics track and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Students also have the opportunity to row at our boathouse on the Iona River. Music is centred at our purpose-built music school which has facilities for learning a variety of instruments and its own performance hall.

The future of our students is of the greatest importance to us here at Halifax College. To cater for this the College has a Careers Office staffed by a full-time careers officer. Students can see the officer at any time to discuss their future careers and tertiary education options. The College has a library with an enormous selection of information concerning further education institutes in Canada and abroad. Various career lectures are organized throughout the school year and students can also book aptitude tests and mock university and job interviews.

Questions 21-28

The reading passage on Halifax College has 6 paragraphs A-F.
From the dropdown choose the most suitable headings for paragraphs B-F.

Paragraph B -> vi The History of Halifax College

21. Paragraph B
22. Paragraph C
23. Paragraph D
24. Paragraph E
25. Paragraph F

Questions 26-28
Read the Information about Halifax College.
Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS, answer the following questions.
Write your answers in boxes 26-28.

  • 26 What is the current school population?
  • 27 How does the average student enter Halifax College?
  • 28 Where can the students practise their skills in boats?

SECTION 3 - Questions 29-40

Read the passage below and answer questions 29-40

Communicating in Colour

There are more than 160 known species of chameleons. The main distribution is in Africa and Madagascar, and other tropical regions, although some species are also found in parts of southern Europe and Asia. There are introduced populations in Hawaii and probably in California and Florida too.

New species are still discovered quite frequently. Dr Andrew Marshall, a conservationist from York University was surveying monkeys in Tanzania when he stumbled across a twig snake in the Magombera forest which, frightened, coughed up a chameleon and fled. Though a colleague persuaded him not to touch it because of the risk from the venom, Marshall suspected it might be a new species, and took a photograph to send to colleagues, who confirmed his suspicions. Kinyongia magomberae, literally “the chameleon from Magombera”, is the result, and the fact it was not easy to identify is precisely what made it unique. The most remarkable feature of chameleons is their ability to change colour, and ability rivalled only by cuttlefish and octopi in the animal kingdom. Because of this, colour is not the best thing for telling chameleons apart and different species are usually identified based on the patterning and shape of the head, and the arrangement of scales. In this case, it was the bulge of scales on the chameleon’s nose.

Chameleons are able to use colour for both communication and camouflage by switching from bright, showy colours to the exact colour of a twig within seconds. They show an extraordinary range of colours, from nearly black to bright blues, oranges, pinks and greens, even several at once. A popular misconception is that chameleons can match whatever background they are placed on, whether a chequered red and yellow shirt or a Smartie box. But each species has a characteristic set of cells containing pigment distributed over their bodies in a specific pattern, which determines the range of colours and patterns they can show. To the great disappointment of many children, placing a chameleon on a Smartie box generally results in a stressed, confused, dark grey or mottled chameleon.

Chameleons are visual animals with excellent eyesight, and they communicate with colour. When two male dwarf chameleons encounter each other, each shows its brightest colours. They puff out their throats and present themselves side-on with their bodies flattened to appear as large as possible and to show off their colours. This enables them to assess each other from a distance. If one is clearly superior, the other quickly changes to submissive colouration, which is usually a dull combination of greys or browns. If the opponents are closely matched and both maintain their bright colours, the contest can escalate to physical fighting and jaw-locking, each trying to push each other along the branch in a contest of strength. Eventually, the loser will signal his defeat with submissive colouration.

Females also have aggressive displays used to repel male attempts at courtship. When courting a female, males display the same bright colours that they use during contests. Most of the time, females are unreceptive and aggressively reject males by displaying a contrasting light and dark colour pattern, with their mouths open and moving their bodies rapidly from side to side. If the male continues to court a female, she often chases and bites him until he retreats. The range of colour- change during female displays, although impressive, is not as great as that shown by males.

Many people assume that colour change evolved to enable chameleons to match a greater variety of backgrounds in their environment. If this was the case, then the ability of chameleons to change colour should be associated with the range of background colours in the chameleon’s habitat, but there is no evidence for such a pattern. For example, forest habitats might have a greater range of brown and green background colours than grasslands, so forest-dwelling species might be expected to have greater powers of colour change. Instead, the males whose display colours are the most eye-catching show the greatest colour change. Their displays are composed of colours that contrast highly with each other as well as with the background vegetation. This suggests that the species that evolved the most impressive capacities for colour change did so to enable them to intimidate rivals or attract mates rather than to facilitate camouflage.

How do we know that chameleon display colours are eye-catching to another chameleon – or, for that matter, to a predatory bird? Getting a view from the perspective of chameleons or their bird predators requires information on the chameleon s or bird’s visual system and an understanding of how their brains might process visual information. This is because the perceived colour of an object depends as much on-die brain’s wiring as on the physical properties of the object itself. Luckily, recent scientific advances have made it possible to obtain such measurements in the field, and information on visual systems of a variety of animals is becoming increasingly available.

The spectacular diversity of colours and ornaments in nature has inspired biologists for centuries. But if we want to understand the function and evolution of animal colour patterns, we need to know how they are perceived by the animals themselves – or their predators. After all, camouflage and conspicuousness are in the eye of the beholder.

Questions 29-32
Answer the questions below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 1-4.

  • 29 What kind of climate do most chameleons live in?
  • 30 Which animal caught a chameleon from an undiscovered species?
  • 31 What was the new species named after?
  • 32 Which part of the body is unique to the species Kinyongla magomberae?

Questions 33-40
Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage?

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

33. Few creatures can change colour as effectively as cuttlefish.
34. Chameleons can imitate a pattern provided there are only two colours.
35. Chameleons appear to enjoy trying out new colours.
36. Size matters more than colour when male chameleons compete.
37. After a fight, the defeated male hides among branches of a tree.
38. Females use colour and movement to discourage males.
39. The popular explanation of why chameleons change colour has been proved wrong.
40. There are more predators of chameleons in grassland habitats than In others.