IELTS General Training Reading Practice Test 1 – Section 1

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Reading Section 1 – Questions 1-14

This text is from The Telegraph

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-7

The 6 most exciting activities you can do on a family holiday


Siemens Cookery School

Whether you have children who need to be fed or a busy working life, finding time to learn new cooking skills is a challenge. Expert chefs share all the tricks and skills required to cook to a professional standard. In the summer you may even learn to cook in the open air. Heaven.



The landscape surrounding the hotel has some of the best cycling terrains in the world. Whether you want to ride along the glorious coast on a road bike or take on some serious climbs and downhills in the Sierra Nevada, there are options for all abilities. Robinson can also organise group tours to Salobreña and Calahonda.



Your holiday experiences of archery are probably limited to cheap equipment in a random part of the hotel. But here there’s a unique archery centre with distances of up to 40m for true experts. There are also beginners’ classes for keen novices.


Padel Tennis

This exciting game, which originated in Mexico, is a cross between tennis and squash. There is a net, and back and side walls to bounce the ball off. This hotel has introduced the game for the first time this year.



Robinson coined this term to describe its extensive spa and fitness facilities. At Cala Serena, there is a huge range, including a fitness studio, GroupFitness classes including step, Aqua Fit and indoor cycling, a body and mind room offering Yoga and Stretch & Relax classes and the soothing WellFit spa, with a Finnish sauna and even a Cleopatra bath (additional charge).



The Red Sea is a veritable Eden of underwater delights and when you stay at Soma Bay in Hurghada you can take a range of diving courses to explore the world beneath the sea.

The latest dive equipment waits and instructors can guide you through a taster session to your PADI Open Water qualification and beyond with SSI Diamond Dive Resort Daily excursions. The ultra-sporty can even try freediving, or if you prefer, there are snorkelling courses available.

Questions 1-7

Look at the six advertisements above, A-F

For which activity are the following statements true?

Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1. You can ride along the beach or try something more difficult, depending on their capabilities.

2. Travel underwater to explore

3. Play an exciting game

4. Prepare something to eat

5. Participants can try something for both beginners and the more experienced

6. Take a class or relax

7. Participants can learn new skills

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Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.


If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earning a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating. Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

Over a minimum of five days, but usually, more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organise and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety.

Questions 8-14

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

In boxes 8-14 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 present

8. You need to be enthusiastic and motivated on this course

9. To complete the course you have to perform well and show responsibility

10. The diving course takes more than two days to complete

11. The Instructor development Course is made up of 3 parts

12. You can enrol onto the OWSI program if you have previous training

13. It is important that you are a strong swimmer

14. An important part of the course is diving in deep water to look for sea life

For help to answer these questions with practice please read the posts below >>

Part Two of GT Reading Test 1

Part Three of GT Reading Test 1

General Training Reading Band Scores

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Answers >

Questions 1-7

1 – B

2 – F

3 – D

4 – A

5 – C

6 – E

7 – A/C

Questions 8-14

8. Not Given

9. True

10. True

11. False

12. True

13. Not Given

14. False

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