IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 15 Test 1 Section 1; Consumer advice & Rice cookers; with top solutions and best explanations

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 15 Test 1 Section 1; Consumer advice & Rice cookers; with top solutions and best explanations

This General Training IELTS Reading post focuses on solutions to IELTS Cambridge 15 Reading Test 1 Section 1 that has two texts titledConsumer advice’ & ‘Rice cookers’. This is a targeted post for GT IELTS 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 trouble. Finding out IELTS Reading answers is a steady process, and this post will assist you in this respect.

IELTS Cambridge 15 Test 1: GT Reading Module

Section 1: Questions 1-14

Title of the text: Consumer advice

Questions 1-6: 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 1: You will receive a card telling you if an item has been left with a neighbour.

Keywords for this question: receive a card, if, item, left with, neighbour   

In the first paragraph, lines 3-5 say, “ . . . If your item wasn’t delivered to the location you agreed (e.g. if it was left with your neighbour without your consent), it’s the seller’s legal responsibility to sort out the issue.

However, the lines don’t tell us anything about what the consumer/customer will receive if an item has been left with a neighbour.

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN

Question 2: It may be quicker to get a refund than a replacement for a non-delivered item.  

Keywords for this question: may be, quicker, get, refund, than, replacement, non-delivered item,       

The second paragraph talks about ‘replacement or refund’.

However, we don’t find any information about which one is quicker for a non-delivered item.

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN             

Question 3: You are entitled to a refund if the item fails to arrive by a certain time.

Keywords for this question: entitled to a refund, item, fails to arrive, by, certain time,  

In the second paragraph, lines 1-2 say, “ .. . You can ask for your money back if you don’t receive the item within 30 days of buying it. .. .”

Here, can ask for your money back = entitled to a refund, don’t receive the item = the item fails to arrive, within 30 days of buying = by a certain time,

So, the answer is: TRUE       

Question 4: There is a time limit when using the ‘chargeback’ scheme for a debit card payment.

Keywords for this question: time limit, ‘chargeback’ scheme, debit card payment,

The third paragraph contains 3 bullet points.

The first bullet point says,

  • If you paid by debit card, contact your bank and say you want to use the ‘chargeback’ scheme. . .. . .. .. . . . . .. . You should do this within 120 days of when you paid.

Here, You should do this within 120 days of when you paid = there is a time limit,

So, the answer is: TRUE       

Question 5: You can use the ‘chargeback’ scheme for a credit card payment of more than £100.

Keywords for this question: can use, ‘chargeback’ scheme, credit card payment, more than £100,

The third paragraph contains 3 bullet points.

The second bullet point says,

  • If you paid by credit card and the item cost less than £100, you should contact your credit card company and say you want to use the ‘chargeback’ scheme. . .. .

Here, the item cost less than £100 is contradictory/ opposite to the information more than £100.

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question 6: Paypal’s online resolution centre has a good reputation for efficiency.

Keywords for this question: Paypal’s online resolution centre, good reputation, efficiency,   

The third paragraph contains 3 bullet points.

The third bullet point says,

  • If you paid using PayPal, use PayPal’s online resolution centre to report your dispute. You must do this within 180 days of paying.

No information is shared here about the reputation of efficiency for Paypal’s online resolution centre.

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN

Title of the text: Rice cookers  

Questions 8-14:  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 7: The handles at the side are hard to use.  

Keywords for this question: handles, side, hard to use,

The answer can be found in the description of ‘VPN Rice Cooker’. In the last lines, the description says, “. .. .. and the handles are tricky to grip.”    

Here, tricky to grip = hard to use,

So, the answer is: D

Question 8: It cooks brown rice without making a mess.   

Keywords for this question: cooks, brown rice, without, making a mess,  

The answer can be found in the description of ‘S16 Rice Cooker’. The first line of the description says, “This is simple to use, not spitting or boiling over even when cooking brown rice. .. .”

Here, not spitting or boiling over even when cooking brown rice = cooks brown rice without making a mess,

So, the answer is: E

Question 9: It automatically switches setting to keep the rice warm when cooked.   

Keywords for this question: automatically switches setting, keep the rice warm, when cooked,

Take a look at the description of ‘Family Rice Cooker’.  The last lines say, “. .. . It’s programmed to adjust the temperature once the rice is done so that it stops cooking but doesn’t get cold.”

Here, It’s programmed to adjust the temperature = It automatically switches setting, it stops cooking but doesn’t get cold = keep the rice warm when cooked,

So, the answer is: B

Question 10: It’s difficult to get the removable top really clean.   

Keywords for this question: difficult, get, removable top, really clean,

The last lines of the description of ‘Ezy Rice Cooker’ say, “ .. . There are slight dirt traps around the rim of the lid, and neither the pot nor the lid is dishwater safe.”

Here, slight dirt traps around the rim of the lid & nor the lid is dishwater safe = difficult to get the removable top really clean,

So, the answer is: A

Question 11: A selection of recipes is provided with the cooker.   

Keywords for this question: A selection of recipes, provided with the cooker,

In the description of ‘VPN Rice Cooker’, lines 2-3 say, “ . . . and comes with a booklet including a range of ideas for rice dishes. . . .”

Here, booklet including a range of ideas for rice dishes = A selection of recipes,

So, the answer is: D

Question 12: It has a handle at the top for carrying the cooker safely.   

Keywords for this question: a handle, at the top, carrying the cooker, safely,  

Take a look at the description of ‘Family Rice Cooker’. Lines 1-2 say, “. .. . The lid locks when closed and becomes a secure handle to carry the cooker. . ..”

Here, The lid = at the top, to carry the cooker = for carrying the cooker, secure = safely,

So the answer is: B

Question 13: The outside of the cooker doesn’t get too hot.   

Keywords for this question: outside, cooker, doesn’t get, too hot,  

The answer can be found in the description of ‘S16 Rice Cooker’. Lines 2-3 of the description say, “ . .. . The exterior stays cool when in use, so there’s no danger of burning your hand. . ..”

Here, The exterior stays cool = The outside of the cooker doesn’t get too hot,

So the answer is: E

Question 14: You can put the pot in the dishwasher,   

Keywords for this question: can put the pot, in, the dishwasher,

Have a look at the description of ‘Mini Rice Cooker’. Lines 1-2 say, “ . .. The interior pot is made of non-stick aluminum and is dishwasher safe. … .”

Here, dishwasher safe = can put the pot in the dishwasher,

So the answer is: C

Here’s a video lesson on the GT reading section:

Click here for solutions to Cambridge 15 GT Reading Test 1 Section 2

Click here for solutions to Cambridge 15 GT Reading Test 1 Section 3

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