IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 15 Test 2 Section 1; Harvey’s Storage & Local museums; with top solutions and best explanations

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 15 Test 2 Section 1; Harvey’s Storage & Local museums; with top solutions and best explanations

This General Training IELTS Reading post focuses on solutions to IELTS Cambridge 15 Reading Test 2 Section 1 that has two texts entitled ‘Harvey’s Storage’ & ‘Local museums ’. 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.

Cambridge IELTS Series 15 Test 2: GT Reading Module

Section 1: Question 1-14

The headline of the text: Harvey’s Storage    

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 no. 1: There is an extra charge for locks and keys.  

Keywords for this question: an extra charge, locks and keys,      

In paragraph no. 2, take a look at lines 3-4, “.. . .. Heavy-duty locks and keys are provided to all of our customers and included in the prices listed. . . .”

Here, included in the prices listed =  NO EXTRA CHARGE,

So, the answers are: FALSE

Question no. 2: It is possible to arrange to share a storage unit with someone else.

Keywords for this question: possible to arrange, share, storage unit, with someone else,

Paragraph no. 2 explains the process of hiring the storage unit service. However, there is NO INFORMATION on whether customers can share the unit others or not.              

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN       

Question no. 3: You can pick up your property from the storage unit during the night-time.

Keywords for this question: can pick up, property, from the storage unit, night-time,   

Lines 6-7 of paragraph no. 2 say, “ . . .. With 24-hour access, customers can deliver and collect items when it is convenient to do so, . .. ..”

Here, 24-hour access = during both daytime and night-time,

So, the answer is: TRUE                   

Question no. 4: You can drive your vehicle right next to your storage unit.

Keywords for this question: can drive, vehicle, right next to, storage unit,     

Lines 8-9 of paragraph no. 2 say, “ . .. . Tarmac roadways allow customers to park cars and lorries immediately outside their units, minimising the effort required to collect or drop items off.”

Here, park cars and lorries =drive your vehicle, immediately outside their units = right next to your storage unit,

So, the answer is: TRUE                   

Question no. 5: Students’ possessions can only be stored during vacation periods.

Keywords for this question: Students’ possessions, can only be stored, vacation periods,     

In paragraph no. 4 (Student storage), look at the first few lines, “You may be travelling or going home to see family and friends in the vacation, or need time to find a place to stay.  . . .”

Here, the lines suggest that students can store their possessions not only during vacation periods but also during other times (find a place to stay).

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question no. 6: The storage company will collect and deliver students’ property.  

Keywords for this question: storage company, will collect and deliver, student’s property,    

The last lines of paragraph no. 4 say, “. . . . You are responsible for organising transport but we can also recommend local van and driver hire companies.”

Here, You are responsible for organising transport means students have to deliver and collect their own property but it is possible to get recommendations about vehicle arrangements from the company.

So, the answer is: FALSE  

The headline of the text: Local museums   

Questions 7-14: 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 no. 7: There are exhibits related to the history of agriculture in the region.

Keywords for this question: exhibits, history of agriculture, region,    

Take a close look at the description of Chatteris Museum. Here, lines 2-4 say, “. . .. The museum’s exhibits illustrate traditional aspects of the local farmers as well as the railway boom of the 19th century. .. . .”

Here, traditional aspects of the local farmers . .. of the 19th century  = the history of agriculture,

So, the answer is: C

Question no. 8: Equipment for putting out fires used to be kept in this building.

Keywords for this question: equipment, putting out fires, used to be kept, this building,     

In the description of Whittlesey Museum, the writer says in lines 1-2, “The museum is located in the Old Town Hall, which was originally built to house horse-drawn fire engines. . ..”  

Here, horse-drawn fire engines = Equipment for putting out fires,

So, the answer is: A

Question no. 9: You can find information on the rise of one type of transport.

Keywords for this question: find information, rise, one type of transport,    

Again, take a close look at the description of Chatteris Museum. Here, lines 2-4 say, “. . .. The museum’s exhibits illustrate traditional aspects of the local farmers as well as the railway boom of the 19th century. .. . .”

Here, railway boom = the rise of one type of transport,

So, the answer is: C

Question no. 10: There are things to see both inside and outside.

Keywords for this question: things to see, both, inside, outside,

In the description of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, the writer says in the last lines, “ .. . Visitors are taken on a guided tour and are then free to explore the gardens.”

Here, taken on a guided tour = inside, free to explore the gardens = outside,

So, the answer is: B

Question no. 11: It is possible to obtain copies of old pictures and documents.  

Keywords for this question: possible to obtain, copies, old pictures and documents,     

Once more, take a close look at the description of Chatteris Museum. Here, in lines 3-4, the writer says, “ .. . The museum has a touch-screen kiosk which contains over 9,000 historic photographs and texts, reproductions of which can be made on request.”  

Here, historic photographs and texts = old pictures and documents, reproductions = copies, can be made on request = possible to obtain,

So, the answer is: C

Question no. 12: On certain days you can see an original work by a writer of fiction.

Keywords for this question: certain days, can see, original work, by, writer of fiction,      

In the description of Wisbech and Fenland Museum, the writer says in lines 3-4, “ . .. contains the manuscript of Great Expectations by the 19th-Century novelist Charles Dickens, … ..”  

Here, manuscript of Great Expectations by the 19th-Century novelist Charles Dickens = original work by a writer of fiction,

So the answer is: E

Question no. 13: Someone who was interested in environmental matters lived here for a time.    

Keywords for this question: someone, interested, environmental matters, lived here, for a time,    

In the description of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, the writer says in the first lines, “. . . .this is the birthplace of pioneer social reformer Octavia Hill, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in social housing and the arts as well as in conservation issues. .. . .”  

Here, Octavia Hill = someone, conservation issues = environmental issues,

So the answer is: B

Question no. 14: This museum has an exhibit related to a heroic achievement.

Keywords for this question: an exhibit, related to, heroic achievement,   

Right above the ‘GIFT VOUCHERS’ section, there’s a small note that says,

In the description of March and District Museum, the writer says in lines 4-6, “ .. .. a medal which was awarded to train driver Ben Gimbert for his bravery in preventing loss of life when a train full of explosives caught fire in 1944.”   

Here, a medal = an exhibit, awarded to train driver Ben Gimbert for his bravery = heroic achievement,

So the answer is: D

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