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Creamy Carbonara Pasta and Sauce Mix, Ridgeway College and The Elephant Orchestra | IELTS General Reading Practice Test 4 with Answers

Creamy Carbonara Pasta and Sauce Mix, Ridgeway College and The Elephant Orchestra | IELTS General Reading Practice Test 4 with Answers


Reading Passage 1

Creamy Carbonara Pasta and Sauce Mix

Find your Old School Friends

Pasta in a classic Italian sauce


Directions for Cooking on Stove:

In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cup (125mls) milk, 1 1/4 cups (310 mls)  water and 1 tablespoon margarine or butter to the boil. Add contents of packet, stir until boiling and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce will thicken on standing.

Microwave directions:

Place 1 ½ cup (125 mls) of milk, 1 ¼ cups (310 mls) hot water and 1 tablespoon margarine or butter in a microwave safe bowl or casserole. Add contents of packet, stir well and cook uncovered on HIGH for 10 minutes, stirring 2-3 times.

Questions 1-5

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS FROM THE PASSAGE.

[1] Which country does this recipe come from? ……………………..

[2] If you are cooking this meal on a stove, what do you put your ingredients……………………….

[3] If you are cooking this meal on a stove, how many ingredients do you boil first? ……………………..

[4] When you cook this meal in a microwave oven, how many ingredients do you mix in the bowl or casserole before cooking?…………………………

[5] If you are using a microwave oven, should you put a lid on the bowl before cooking? ……………………..

Read the recipe below and answer the questions 6-8

Recipe Suggestion

Chicken Carbonara

1 tablespoon margarine or butter [omit for microwave]

250 gms boneless chicken, cut in thin strips

1 ½ cups (125 mls) of milk

1 ¼ cups (310 mls) water [hot for microwave]

1 packet creamy carbonara pasta and sauce

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup snow peas

Melt margarine and fry chicken until golden brown. Add milk and water and bring to the boil. Add pasta and sauce and mushrooms and simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add snowpeas for the last minute.

Microwave directions:

Place chicken into a microwave safe bowl, cover and cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. Add milk, water, pasta, sauce and mushrooms and cook uncovered on HIGH for 10-12 minutes. Stir 2-3 times. Add snowpeas for the last minute.


Questions 6-8

Answer the questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS.

[6] If you cook this recipe using a microwave oven, ——————- which ingredient(s) should you leave out?

[7] For how long should you cook the snow peas? …………………………………

[8] This recipe will make enough food for how many people?……………………..

Read the passage below and answer questions 9-13.

Find Your Old School Friends

  • Find Your Old School Friends is a simple to use website that allows you to find out what your old school friends are doing now.
  • We have more than 40,000 secondary and Primary schools, Colleges and Universities on our database. More than 8 million people have registered and this number is growing at over 15,000 a day.
  • To start finding your old friends, you need to complete our registration process. Firstly we need your firstname and surname (when you were at school), your current surname ( if it has changed), your nickname at school ( optional) and most importantly, the year you left school.
  • We also need your email address so we can send you a confirmation email when you register. If you do not receive this then please check that you entered your email address correctly. Please choose a password, and write some notes about yourself, such as what you have done since leaving school and what you are doing now. ( This section is optional, but is very interesting for both you and your friends, when you find each other on the site)
  • Once you’ve registered, you are able to start looking for your old friends, and see what they’ve been doing since you left school.This service is absolutely free. However, if you wish to contact a friend, there is a small charge to cover administration costs, so click on the contact button and enter your credit card details. Then write your message in the space provided and click ‘send’. Your friend will receive the email, from the Find Your Old School Friend address, so if you want your friend to reply, don’t forget to include your email address in your message!
  • If you’d like us to send you our monthly newsletter, our ‘feedback’ emails containing funny memories and success stories from the site or notification when someone registers to your school, just check the box below.

Enjoy Finding Your Old School Friends

Questions 9-13

Complete the flow chart showing the stages in registering on the (FYOSF) Find Your Old School Friends site


General Reading Practice test 4

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Reading Passage 2

Read the passage below and answer questions 14- 20

Ridgeway College
Students Residence Orientation Program

WHO: This orientation is for all new students ( transfer, mature, international, exchange etc) who will be living in residence this coming semester.

WHEN: Move in tuesday of orientation week, between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. We strongly suggest that you plan to move in early in the day so that you can get settled and be ready to meet our Orientation leader at 5:00 PM.Programs begin tuesday evening and run day and night until saturday.

WHERE: When you arrive on campus, follow the directional signs to the visitor’s parking area. Proceed to the residence check-in area (large white tent). The area is visible from the parking lot and the bus stop – You won’t miss us!

WHAT: We have designed a program packed with many exciting events and orientation sessions to help you get acquainted with your fellow students, the campus and college area.

  • Receive assistance with move in
  • Attend the 2-day campus orientation
  • Get to know your new neighbours and the local community
  • Take trips into downtown and to special areas of interest

What Is Your Team?

When you come to residence orientation, you will meet your team – a group of 15 to 20 students sharing a floor in a residence with an orientation leader. Your OL is a returning student who will take your team to all residence orientation activities and will also keep in touch with you and your team members throughout your first semester.

WHY? Studies show that people who attend orientation have higher grades and a lower drop out rate. Ridgeway college has 12000 students; at orientation you start building your community and making connections.

  • You will finish orientation with at least 20 friends
  • You will save yourself hours of time by getting gym membership, ID card and transit pass, books and more before the first week of class lineups starts.
  • You will mingle with your 2000 new neighbours in the residences.

HOW MUCH? The fee is $110. The Residence Orientation fee includes Residence and Campus Orientation events and kits, an extra week in Residence to get settled in before classes start, two special dinners, a T-shirt, and a fabulous Residence welcome pack.

NOW WHAT? Register for Residence Orientation on the form below. You do not need to register separately for campus orientation.

**For students who are placed in a building with a required meal plan (i.e., no kitchens) your meal plan starts on the first day of orientation (no additional charge). If you are living in one of the new residence towers, you will be on a meal plan. If you are in another building, you will be responsible for providing your own meals, either by cooking them yourself or buying food from a cafeteria.

Questions 14-16

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

[14] The orientation program is intended  to…

[15] Studies have shown that students who attend the orientation program…

[16] As part of the orientation program…

List of phrases

A .. .enjoying the first semester of college with less stress.

B …provide a free week for new students to settle into residence.

C …are less likely to do well in their courses.

D .. .new students get support from the leaders during the first semester.

E …helping new students to get to know each other.

F …the leaders help new students with enrollment procedures as a team.

G .. .ease the transition to college life for new students.

H …tend to be more successful in their studies.

Questions 17-20

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


YES                              if the answer to the question is “yes’

NO                               if the answer to the question is ‘no’

NOT GIVEN              if the information is not given in the passage

[17] I won’t be able to arrive until Thursday. Is it too late to sign up for the Orientation Program at that time?

[18] I want to sign up for the Residence Orientation Program. Do I have to register separately for the Campus Orientation?

[19] My residence doesn’t have a meal plan. Are any meals provided during Orientation Week?

[20] I will be living in the new Residence Tower. Do these rooms have kitchens?

Read the passage below and answer Questions 21-26

Ridgeway College

Residence Student Telephone Services

Voice mail: How to use the ‘mailbox’ service

Welcome to voicemail! This guide includes instructions for setting up your voice mailbox and for using its many convenient features.

If you’re just getting started, read the features below, then follow the step-by-step procedure to register online. Once this process is complete callers can leave messages for you and your roommates and you can get any messages left for you.

Features of mailbox service

FORWARDING: Your mailbox allows two types of greetings

  • You can record a personal greeting up to 45 seconds in length which callers hear when forwarded to your mailbox.
  • You can override this personal greeting (without erasing it) by using a temporary “extended absence greeting” and later you can return to your original meeting.

MESSAGE STORAGE: Your mailbox has these message storage capabilities.

  • You may have upto 15 messages in your mailbox at one time
  • Each message can be upto two [2] minutes in length.
  • Unless you delete them, messages are stored for 24 days from the day they were received.

OTHER FEATURES: Your mailbox also has other capabilities.

  • Distribution lists:  You can create up to 5 distribution lists with up to 25 voice mail users. This can be used to send messages to an entire group of users at one time.
  • Guest mailboxes – You can create up to three guest mailboxes that allow you to leave messages in a special location of your own mailbox. Your messages can be retrieved by someone who is not a voice mail subscriber.

Questions 21-26

Read the Student Telephone Services information and complete the summary below using


Before you can receive phone messages you must follow the steps to [21]———————–.

After four rings, calls will be [22]……. to your mailbox.

The [23]___________________message which you record can be up to 45 seconds long.

Messages are kept for 24 days or until you [24] …………………

You can make up a number of [25] _____________________ to notify groups of voice mail users about club meetings or parties.

There is also a special location in your mailbox where you can leave a message to be [26] ____________by a friend from outside the residence.

Reading Passage 3

Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow

The Elephant Orchestra

  1. In Thailand, elephants are revered as a national symbol, but even there, the survival of great mammals is at risk. A century ago, more than 100,000 elephants worked in the Thai timber industry or roamed the forests. Today the number of elephants in captivity is just 2,500 and there are even fewer in the wild. Illegal hunting has taken a toll. Deforestation and the banning of logging have removed the elephants’ chief source of employment.
  2. Recently, on the site of a former government logging camp, the Thai elephant conservation centre has been established. It is home to more than one hundred elephants retrenched from the logging industry. An American elephant specialist and his team have come up with an ingenious career alternative for these redundant employees. A select group of the centre’s residents have been chosen to play in the world’s first elephant orchestra. The project was initiated to create income for the operation of the Elephant Conservation centre.
  3. The orchestra currently has twelve members, selected for their musical aptitude and motivation. They are aged seven to eighteen and play a variety of percussion and wind instruments in the Thai tradition – rentals which look like xylophones, slit drums, harmonicas, a bow bass, a gong and a thundersheet. The instruments are ‘elephant sized’ and specially designed to be played with trunks. Early in the project the organisers were unsure how the elephants would respond to musical training. Then one morning they were awakened to the sound of harmonicas.The elephants had picked up the instruments on their own and were wandering through the forest playing enthusiastically.
  4. Making music comes naturally to elephants. They have huge brains and are highly sociable creatures. Their hearing is much better than their sight and they use a wide range of vocalisations.In performance, they stand in a line and prompted by the trainers, play their instruments. A strong sense of rhythm is evident as they flap their ears to the beat, swish their tails and generally rock back and forth. Some add to the melody with their own trumpeting. As the conductor paces up and down orchestrating proceedings, a trunk can sometimes be seen imitating the movement of his arm.
  5. The elephants aren’t forced to learn complex patterns, so playing the instruments is quite easy. Commands are given only to indicate when to start and when to stop. The rest of the time, the players have the time to improvise. According to the trainers, the elephants love their work. The modest plan initially was to teach the elephants just to hit the instruments and then overdub those sounds with other music. But after only five practice sessions, a decision was made to record the performances intact with just the human noises removed. The players improvise distinct metres and melodies, then vary and repeat them.The resulting music is meditative, deliberate and delicate and it is real elephant music. Western listeners often describe it as ‘haunting’. To some ears it may seem monotonous but anyone not knowing they were listening to elephant music would assume that humans were playing.The first CD, classical in style, has sold well, so soon there will be a pop techno and country versions in production.
  6. Playing music is not the only creative form of activity the elephants of the centre engage in. For several years now, a number of residents have been painting. They use acrylic paints on large canvases and have a preference for broad strokes and bold colours. Last year, elephant paintings helped raise over $25,000 at charity auctions internationally. These art sales together with profits from the CD are helping to fund the centre’s operations. The proceeds go towards an orphanage, hospital and mobile veterinary clinic for elephants and to support the training school.
  7. Animal rights’ advocates might object to these non-traditional occupations for elephants. But, Thai elephants have always had to work for a living. If they weren’t playing music or painting pictures, they would be dragging logs or carrying tourists.Given those choices, playing music and painting are not such bad options.

Questions 27-32

The passage The Elephant Orchestra’ has paragraphs labelled (A-G).

In which paragraph can the following information be found? Use only ONE letter for each answer.

Note: You may use each letter more than once.

[27] Description of the type of music produced by the elephants…………………..

[28] Details of how the income generated is used…………………..

[29] Description of the musical instruments…………………..

[30] Forthcoming projects for the orchestra…………………..

[31] Situation of elephants in Thailand…………………..

[32] How the orchestra got started…………………..

Questions 33 – 37

Complete the summary. Choose your answers from the list below.

Note: There are more words than spaces so you will not use them all. You may use any word more than once.

In order to raise funds for the Thai Elephant Centre a number of creative [33]___________________have been developed, including the first Elephant Orchestra. The elephants play a variety of instruments and their [34]———————–are being sold to [35]________________income. These intelligent animals also produce paintings, which have been sold at international auctions. The [36]——————support an orphanage, hospital and [37]————— facility.

List of Words

painting projected

music initiatives

occupation proceeds

production generate

recordings training

Question 38

Choose the correct letter A-D.

[38] What is the main idea of this passage?

A Elephants can be trained to do unusual tricks.

B Creative projects can help to save endangered species.

C Elephants have large brains.

D Intelligent animals should not be forced to work.

Complete the sentences below with the words from the paragraph.

[39] Making music comes ………….. to elephants.

[40] Animal rights’ advocates might object to these ……………………. for elephants.

Answer Key

Reading Passage 1

  1. Italy
  2. (in a) saucepan
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. No
  6. butter / margarine
  7. 1 minute
  8. 2-3
  9. nickname
  10. year
  11. password
  12. notes
  13. Email

Reading Passage 2

  1. G
  2. H
  3. D
  4. Not Given
  5. No
  6. Yes
  7. No
  8. register (online)
  9. forwarded
  10. personal greeting
  11. 24 delete them
  1. distribution lists
  2. Retrieved

Reading Passage 3

  1. E
  2. F
  3. C
  4. E
  5. A
  6. B
  7. initiatives
  8. recordings
  9. generate
  10. proceeds
  11. training
  12. B
  13. naturally
  14. non-traditional occupations

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