IELTS General Mock Test

MOCK TEST – 1

READING TEST

 

SECTION 1    Questions 1-14

Questions 1-4

Look at the contents page from a magazine on the following page.

Answer questions 1-4 by writing the appropriate page number or numbers or the section where the information appears in the magazine.

 Write your answers in the boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

Advertisement

 

  1. What page would give you an insight into the mysteries of the capital of Western Australia?
  2. Which page would you turn to for finding the names of the travelers of New Zealand?
  3. Which section would you turn to if you want to know how to keep the water warm while travelling to colder places?
  4. On what page can content related to photography be read?

Questions 5-9

Read the advertisement on the next page about the various travelling products provided by Helinox.

For which product are the statements following statements true?

Write the correct answer in the boxes 5-9 in your answer sheet.

  1. The top-notch chair can hold over 100 times more than its actual weight.
  2. The design of this product allows simple getting in/out of it.
  3. This exciting product allows you to completely relax.
  4. This product is a great compliment to one of the product.
  5. It is chosen by the experts and offers various models to pick from.

Questions 10-14

Earthquakes are disasters that cannot be avoided. However, if the right methods are followed their effect can surely be reduced.

Read the passage below and answer questions 10-14.

In boxes 10-14 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 on this.

  1. Heavy objects must be kept in the lower racks of the house.
  2. You can reduce the financial issues that may emerge after an earthquake by systematically arranging all the important documents beforehand.
  3. The chances of earthquake to occur are more in places which are surrounded by hills.
  4. One cannot do anything about the essential supplies required if an earthquake hits the place.
  5. The best way to go back to the normal life is communicating with others and offering your hands wherever necessary.

HANDLING THE EARTHQUAKES

When it comes to disaster, there are simple things you can do to make yourself safer. The information on this page is designed as a step-by-step guide to give you details on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Start with the simple tips within each step so that you can build on your accomplishments.

An example of this in Step 1 is moving heavy, unsecured objects from top shelves onto lower ones. This will only take minutes to complete and you are safer from that hazard!

The information in the steps linked below will help you learn how to better prepare to survive and recover, wherever you live, work, or travel.

PREPARE

Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:

Step 1:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Step 2:
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

Step 3:
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

Step 4:
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

SURVIVE AND RECOVER

During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:

Step 5:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes.

Step 6:
Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.

After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:

Step 7:
Reconnect and Restore
Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.

SECTION 2                Questions 15-20

Look at the passage below.

OFF-CAMPUS OPTIONS

Some U.S. schools do not provide on-campus accommodations for international students. However, an off-campus housing office will assist you in finding an appropriate place to live. Often, the office coordinates activities to help students find a compatible roommate to share expenses; they also provide information about the local neighborhoods, including popular restaurants, shopping areas, parks and recreation, and public transportation.

Leasing an Apartment

Ask new friends and other students if they have any suggestions for a good apartment. Check classified advertisements in the local newspaper (Sundays usually have more apartment listings than other days of the week). If all else fails, contact a real estate agent for assistance – though beware of unspecified fees for the service.

Before committing to a lease, or an agreement to rent an apartment, spend some time in the area to decide if it feels safe and convenient to places like school buildings and grocery stores. Read the lease carefully before signing. You will learn, for example, that the landlord is not responsible for your possessions if they are stolen or destroyed, so you may consider purchasing “renter’s insurance.” If you do not understand any part of the lease agreement, ask the landlord, a friend, or someone from the international student office to explain it to you.

Utilities

Once you do find off-campus housing, be aware that your rent may well not include utilities. You will need to request that the companies turn on the electricity and telephone service when you arrive. The landlord can provide you with the appropriate contact information

You have a choice of long-distance carriers for your telephone service. Be sure to ask the customer service representatives about special discount calling plans, particularly for international connections. The representative is usually eager to offer you a variety of extra services, most of which are not necessary. Soon after you register for telephone service, you should receive a free telephone directory. Within the directory, you will find the white pages (listing local residents alphabetically by name), the blue pages (government listings), and the yellow pages (business listings and advertisements).

Many U.S. households have telephone answering machines, which record messages from callers when no one answers the phone. You may purchase an answering machine for about $25. Another option is to request that the telephone company provide an electronic answering service, for which they charge a small monthly fee. Please visit the international student phone card center for more information on inexpensive phone cards that will allow you to keep in touch with loved ones back in your home country.

In most cases, the least expensive way to keep in touch with far-away friends and family is via e-mail. Again, each U.S. school has its own policies and procedures for accessing the Internet. If you choose to access your own e-mail off-campus, you can expect to pay about $20 per month to an Internet Service Provider.

Questions 15-19

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

In boxes 15-19 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 on this

  1. You may lose on the basic amenities like housing if you don’t get an on-campus facility.
  2. The maximum number of apartment listings can be found on Thursdays.
  3. It might be possible that the property owner is not liable for your stolen stuff.
  4. No discounts are provided by the telephone service for international calling.
  5. The pages of the telephone directory containing the commercials are called the yellow pages.

 

Questions 20-23

 

Complete the sentences below.

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

Write your answer in boxes 20-23 in your answer sheet.

  1. The telephone answering machines can be purchased for $25 and allows callers to (20) ________________ when they can’t answer the phone.
  2. International students are provided with (21) _______________ so that they can be in touch with their family and friends.
  3. The most preferred method of connecting with far-away friends is (22)____________
  4. You are expected to pay $20 to your (23 ) ____________________ if you wish to use the email while you are away from the campus.

SECTION 3                Questions 24-40

LEARNING GERMAN

[A]You think you’ve got it bad with German pronunciation? Consider the baffled Italian, Spaniard, or

Rumanian learning English. What is this poor learner of English to do with “threw” and “through”?

And if these words aren’t difficult enough, what about “rain,” “reign,” and “rein”—three words with

different spellings and meanings, but with identical pronunciations. You’re going to have a much

easier time learning German pronunciation, because what you see is what you hear. German words

are pronounced exactly as they are spelled. You don’t ever have to wonder if the “e” at the end of a

word is silent, which it sometimes is and sometimes isn’t in English. In German it is always

pronounced. Before you can pronounce German words correctly, however, you’ll have to learn the

difference in the way the vowels are read because the sounds of vowels in German are significantly

different from the sounds of the same letters in English. This chapter helps you figure out how to

pronounce German vowels.

[B]Three German vowels, “a,” “o,” and “u” can do a little cross-dressing. They are sometimes written

with two dots above them. These two dots are called an umlaut and signal a change in the sound

and meaning of a word. Schonmeans “already”; schönmeans “pretty” or “nice.” Ichtragemeans

“I carry” or “I wear” du trägstmeans “you carry” or “you wear.” This difference can often be

important. If you forget the umlaut over schwühl, the German word for “humid,” and try to tell

someone you find a city humid, you could end up making a judgement about an entire city’s sexual

orientation (schwuhlmeans gay, or homosexual). When a vowel takes an umlaut it becomes a

modified vowel. The vowel tables in this chapter provide hints, English examples, and the letters

used as symbols to represent the sounds of vowels in German words.

[C]No, stress in German isn’t what happens to you when your Mercedes breaks down on the

Autobahn. Stress is the emphasis placed on one or more syllables of a word when you pronounce

  1. If you say eether and I say eyether, and you say tomato and I say tomahto, it doesn’t necessarily

mean we’ll have to call the whole thing off. A general rule for determining the stressed syllable in

German is: With words of more than one syllable, the emphasis is usually placed on the first syllable,

as in the words Bleistift, Schönheit, and Frage.

Foreign words such as Hotel, Musik, and Natur that have been assimilated into the German

language do not follow German rules of stress or pronunciation.

[D]Some people have no problem pronouncing new sounds in a foreign language. They were born

rolling their Rs, and producing throaty gutturals. Some people spent their adolescence serving as

conduits at seances for famous dead Germans, Russians, Spaniards, and Italians. Not all of us have

been so lucky.

[E]To pronounce words correctly in a new language, you must retrain your tongue. After all, hasn’t your

tongue—the muscle that’s been making the same sounds since you first opened your mouth as a

baby to utter “Mama”—been wrapping itself around the particular language known as English for as

long as you can remember? You must teach your tongue to make new sounds the same way you would teach your muscles to make new

movements if you suddenly decided to change your hobby from long-distance running to mountain

climbing.

[F]It doesn’t matter if you can’t make the exact German sound. Trying is the important thing. Strive for

approximate perfection, and chances are, what you’re trying to communicate will be understood.

Questions 24-25

Choose two factors that make learning German easier. Write the answers in the boxes 24-25 in your answer sheet.

  1. The words in German are spoken the same way they are written
  2. German has the umlaut that changes the meaning and pronunciation of the word.
  3.  Our tongue has an habit of speaking our native language, and it is easy to make it speak German.
  4. The letters are never kept silent, so if there is a letter it must be pronounced.

Questions 26-31

The passage has six sections, A-F

Match the correct heading for each of the section given below.

Write the correct letter, A-F, in the boxes 26-31 on your answer sheet.

question

  1. PARAGRAPH A
  2. PARAGRAPH B
  3. PARAGRAPH C
  4. PARAGRAPH D
  5. PARAGRAPH E
  6. PARAGRAPH F

 

 Questions 32-40

COMPLETE THE SUMMARY AND CHOOSE NOT MORE THAN THREE WORDS FROM THE PASSAGE.

Write the answers in the boxes 32-40 on your answer sheet.

Learning English poses a lot of difficulties because of the presence of words which although have the same pronunciation but differ in (32)_______________. On the other hand, German brings with it the ease of learning a language particularly because of the mere fact that the word are (33)_______________ in the same way as they are spelt. But then there is a twist in learning German. The (34)________in German are not read the same way as they are in English. The vowels that may cause a beginner with some confusion are (35)__________. When (36)__________ are present above these letters , the meaning and the sound of the word changes. These dots are called (37) ____________. German follows certain rules regarding pronunciation. For example. If a word has more than one syllable, the (38) _________ is regarded as the stressed syllable. Learning a new language poses the most difficult issue in (39)_____________. This is usually because our tongue is habitual of speaking a language in a particular way. Therefore learning a new language often means you should (40)_________________to say the words properly. In the end, the more you practice the better your pronunciation will be.

 

WRITING SECTION

WRITING TASK 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

You have recently bought a Television and on arrival it proved to be damaged. Write a letter to the store manager. In your letter describe-:

When did you buy the TV? Which model is it?

Describe the damage.

Also explain how this issue can be solved.

 

Write at least 150 words.

You don’t need to write any address. Begin the letter as follows-:

Dear,

WRITING TASK 2

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

In many countries around the world young people decide to leave their parents’ home once they finish school. They start living on their own or share a home with friends.

Do you agree or disagree with this approach? Give your opinion.

 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

SPEAKING

PART 1

  1. What is your name?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. Can I see your identity?

Part 1A Work/study

  1. Do you work or study?
  2. Do you prefer your life as a student or now?
  3. How has your education helped in your work life now?

Part 1B Hometown

  1. Where is your hometown?
  2. What kind of place is it?
  3. How was is it like to grow up there?
  4. Has the place changed since your childhood?

Part 1C Your House

Do you live in a house or an apartment?

  1. Do you like living there? Why?
  2. Describe your house
  3. Do you like your house?
Talk about something you didn’t like at school, but that interests you now.

è What is it?

è Why didn’t you like it at school?

è Why does it interest you now?

è What impact did it have on you?

PART 2

You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.

You have one minute to think about what you are going to say.

You can make some notes to help you, if you wish to.

 

PART 3

Discussion topic

INTERNET

  • What difference do you find in teaching methods of present than were in your times?
  • Do you think using internet or television for learning and teaching is an effective way?
  • What are positive and negative aspects of the Internet?
  • What is the importance of television in education?
  • Do you consider some of the Television programs as a waste of time? Why?
  • How do you think internet has affected this era?
  • Are you an internet addict?
  • What are the things you usually search in for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers

 

Reading

 

  1. 43
  2. 55
  3. 73
  4. 46
  5. Helinox chair one
  6. Helinox camp chair
  7. Helinox sunset chair
  8. Helinox ultra light table
  9. Helinox walking poles
  10. True
  11. true
  12. Not given
  13. False
  14. True
  15. Spelling and meaning
  16. Pronounced
  17. A,o,u
  18. Umlaut
  19. First syllable
  20. Correct pronunciation
  21. A
  22. D
  23. False
  24. True
  25. True
  26. True
  27. False
  28. 3
  29. 1
  30. 2
  31. 5
  32. 4
  33. 1
  34. 5
  35. 2
  36. 4
  37. 3
  38. distribution requirement
  39. seas
  40. Harvard business school

 

Listening section

  1. King restaurant
  2. Friend
  3. Three
  4. 4 pounds 45
  5. Free dinner
  6. After 11’o clock
  7. Thursday
  8. 6:00 p:m
  9. Two referees
  10. Manuja
  11. Sports world
  12. Shopping center
  13. Red
  14. Black
  15. Equipments
  16. Sports bag
  17. B
  18. B
  19. C
  20. B
  21. B
  22. A
  23. C
  24. C
  25. B
  26. A
  27. C
  28. B
  29. A
  30. B
  31. Mass stranding
  32. Tide movements
  33. Navigation
  34. Animals
  35. Plants
  36. Feeding
  37. Military exercises
  38. Group
  39. tooth
  40. Leader

 

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