IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 11 Test 3 Section 1; Summer activities at London’s Kew Gardens & City Park and Ride; with top solutions and best explanations

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 11 Test 3 Section 1; Summer activities at London’s Kew Gardens & City Park and Ride; with top solutions and best explanations

This General Training IELTS Reading post focuses on solutions to IELTS Cambridge 11 Reading Test 3 Section 1 that has two texts entitled ‘Summer activities at London’s Kew Gardens’ and ‘City Park and Ride’. This is an aimed post for candidates who have big problems finding out and understanding Reading Answers in the GT module. This post can guide you the best to understand every Reading answer without much difficulty. Finding IELTS Reading answers is a gradual process, and I can confidently say that this post will help you in this respect.

IELTS Cambridge 11 Test 3: GT Reading Module

Section 1: Questions 1-14

Question 1-6

The headline of the passage: Summer activities at London’s Kew Gardens

Questions 1-6: Identifying information:

[This question asks you to find information from the passage and write the number of the paragraph (A, B, C or D … .. ) in the answer sheet. Now, if the question is given in the very first part of the question set, I’d request you not to answer them. It’s mainly because this question will not follow any sequence, and so it will surely kill your time. Rather, you should answer all the other questions first. And just like List of Headings, only read the first two lines or last two lines of the expected paragraph initially. If you find the answers, you need not read the middle part. If you don’t find answers yet, you can skim the middle part of the paragraph. Keywords will be a useful matter here.]

Question 1: learning what all the different sections of a plant do

Keywords for this question: learning, what, different sections of a plant, do,

The answer can be found in paragraph F. Here, the writer explains how children can learn about different parts of a plant and their functions. Look at these lines, “ . .. As you journey through this interactive landscape, discover the functions of every part of a plant.

Here, discover the functions of every part of a plant = what all the different sections of a plant do, 

So, the answer is: F

Question 2: seeing art showing plants from a different part of the world  

Keywords for this question: seeing, art showing plants, different part of the world,    

The answer can be found in paragraph H, as the writer says here, “Visit our exciting and colourful exhibition of South American botanical paintings, which brings the continent’s exotic and lush plants to life in works from two hundred years ago and from this century.”

Here, South American botanical paintings = art showing plants from a different part of the world,

So, the answer is:               

Question 3: the possibility of having your work exhibited

Keywords for this question: possibility, having, work, exhibited,     

At the end of paragraph E, the writer says, “. . .. . If you are in this age category and fancy yourself as a photographer, then you can enter for the next show!”

Here, you can enter for the next show = possibility of having . ..  . work exhibited,

So, the answer is: E                           

Question 4: learning about why human beings need plants  

Keywords for this question: learning, why, human beings, need, plants,

At the end of paragraph G, the author says, “. . .. . Take a guided tour to discover what biodiversity means and why it matters so much.”

Here, what biodiversity means and why it matters so much = why human beings need plants,

So, the answer is: G                           

Question 5: something that happens daily at the same times

Keywords for this question: something, happens daily, at the same times,   

Paragraph D has the answer to this question. The writer says here, “An extraordinary sound installation created by Chris Watson. On the hour throughout the day, the Palm House is filled with the sound of the dawn and dusk choruses of birds that live in the Central and South American rainforests.”

Here, On the hour throughout the day = daily at the same times,

So, the answer is: D      

Question 6: learning about the relationship between various creatures, insects and plants

Keywords for this question: learning, relationship between, various creatures, insects, plants,

The last lines of paragraph C says, “. .. . . Come face-to-face with gigantic sculptures of insects, birds and bats, which will help tell the fascinating stories of how they interact with plants.”

Here, how they interact with plants = relationship between various creatures, insects and plants,

So, the answer is: C    

Questions 7-14:

The headline of the passage: City Park and Ride   

TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN

[In this type of question, candidates are asked to find out whether:

The statement in the question agrees with the information in the passage – TRUE

The statement in the question contradicts with the information in the passage – FALSE

If there is no information on this  – NOT GIVEN

For this type of question, you can divide each statement into three independent pieces and make your way through with the answer.]

Question 7: This was one of the first UK cities to introduce a Park and Ride scheme.   

Keywords for this question: one of the first, UK cities, introduce, Park and Ride scheme,     

We find the history of the Park and Ride in paragraph no. 1 but we cannot find any comparison on whether London was one of the first cities to introduce Park and Ride scheme or not.

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN

Question 8: The amount of congestion in the city centre has fallen.

Keywords for this question: amount of congestion, city centre, fallen,

In paragraph no. 1, have a look at lines 3-5, “ . .. . . More than 3,000,000 passengers a year take a bus from a Park and Ride site into the city, reducing congestion and helping to improve the air quality in the city centre.”

Here, reducing congestion = amount of congestion . .. . . has fallen,

So, the answer is: TRUE

Question 9: There is a special section of the car park for heavy goods vehicles.

Keywords for this question: special section, of the car park, heavy goods vehicles,   

The answer to this question can be found in the last lines of paragraph no. 2, “ . .. Heavy goods vehicles are not permitted at the Park and Ride site at any time.”

Here, not permitted = no special section,

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question 10: Bus drivers do not give change so you must have the correct money for a ticket.

Keywords for this question: bus drivers, do not give change, must have, correct money, for, ticket,  

At the beginning of paragraph no. 3, the author says, “It’s simple to use. Just park your car and buy your bus ticket from the bus driver, with the correct money if possible…. .”

Here, ‘must have’ in the question means it is compulsory for passengers to have correct money.

However, the phrase ‘if possible’ in the text means it is not compulsory.

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question 11: Ticket prices vary depending on the time of day.

Keywords for this question: ticket prices, vary, depending on, time of day,  

Take a look at the last lines of paragraph no. 3, “ . .. . An individual adult daily return purchased prior to 12:30 hrs for use chat day costs £2.40. If purchased after 12:30 hrs it costs £2.10.”

Here, If purchased after 12:30 hrs it costs £2.10 = ticket prices vary depending on the time of day,

So, the answer is: TRUE

Question 12: Children under 16 travelling alone are allowed free travel.

Keywords for this question: children under 16, travelling alone, allowed, free travel,

At the beginning of paragraph no. 4 the writer states, “Up to four children under 16 travel free with an adult or concessionary pass holder.

Here, with an adult = not alone,

So the answer is: FALSE

Question 13: The space for cycles, motorcycles and scooters is close to the site office.

Keywords for this question: space for cycles, motorcycles, scooters, close to, site office,   

In paragraph no. 5 the writer mentions, “Cycle and Ride for just £1.10 a day. Just park your cycle, motorcycle or scooter in the allocated space, and buy your ticket from the site office.”

Here, the exact location of the parking area is not mentioned.   

So the answer is: NOT GIVEN

Question 14: People with concessionary bus passes must pay the full fare to travel at certain times.

Keywords for this question: people with concessionary bus passes, must pay, full fare, travel at certain times,   

The final paragraph (paragraph no. 6) says, “Return tickets for concessionary bus pass holders cost £1 after 09:30 Monday to Friday and any time at weekend or bank holidays (when open). At other times there is no reduction for holders of concessionary bus passes.

Here, At other times there is no reduction for holders of concessionary bus passes. = holders of concessionary bus passes must pay the full fare to travel at certain times,

So the answer is: TRUE

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