IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 3 Test B Section 2; STUDENT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES & Student Loans; with top solutions and best explanations

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 3 Test B Section 2; STUDENT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES & Student Loans; with top solutions and best explanations

This General Training IELTS Reading post focuses on solutions to IELTS Cambridge 3 Reading Test B Section 2 that has two texts titled ‘STUDENT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES’ & ‘Student Loans’. 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 3 Test B: GT Reading Module

Section 2:

The headline of the text: STUDENT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Questions 14-17: List of headings

[In this question type, IELTS candidates are provided with a list of headings, usually identified with lower-case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, etc,). A heading will refer to the main idea of the paragraph or section of the text. Candidates must find out the equivalent heading to the correct paragraphs or sections, which are marked with alphabets A, B, C and so forth. Candidates need to write the appropriate Roman numerals in the boxes on their answer sheets. There will always be two or three more headings than there are paragraphs or sections. So, some of the headings will not be used. It is also likely that some paragraphs or sections may not be included in the task. Generally, the first paragraph is an example paragraph which will be done for the candidates for their understanding of the task.

Tips to answer this question: Don’t read the list of headings first. Have a quick look at the questions, and go straight to the first question and start reading the paragraph associated with it. Skimming is the best reading technique. You need not understand every word here. Just try to gather the gist of the sentences. That’s all. Read quickly, and don’t stop until you finish each sentence.]

Question 14: Paragraph A   

Have a look at the first few lines of Paragraph A, “This club was first started by a group of friends who enjoyed going to the cinema. When our trips became more frequent we realised that there must be others who also shared our love of movies. .. .. .”

Here, cinema = films, shared our love of movies = film appreciation,  

So the answer is: iii (Film Appreciation Society)

Question 15: Paragraph B  

The first and last lines have the answer for this question, “The association has many opportunities to debate and we are a non-political unbiased international organisation . . . .. . .. Our plans this year include discussion groups, guest speakers and to build a model of the UN General Assembly.”

Here, non-political unbiased international organisation = United Nations,

So, the answer is: ix (United Nations Student Club)

Question 16: Paragraph C   

The first 3 lines of paragraph C have the answer, “Whether for fun or debating experience, we discuss everything from personal experience, future society or feminism. This year we plan an internal competition, weekly debates and beginners’ lessons as well as chances to compete nationally. .. .. .” 

So, the answer is: viii (Debating Club)

Question 17: Paragraph D    

Lines 2-3 of paragraph D say, “ . . .. .  On the other hand, want to work really hard for great rewards? Then come and join the club where interesting theatre is created. .. . .”

Here, theatre = drama,   

So, the answer is: iv (Drama Society)

Questions 18-19: Short answer to open questions

[In this kind of questions candidates have to answer some questions, only with some conditions like NO MORE THAN THREE/TWO WORDS and/or A NUMBER or, ONE WORD ONLY. Each question has keywords which will lead to the answer. This question type generally follows a sequence.]

Question 18: How do you let the CAS President know you are interested in joining a club?   

Keywords for this question: how, let, CAS President, know, interested, joining a club,

Take a look at the bottom of the notice. The writer of the text says here, “If you are interested in joining any of these clubs, you can leave a message for the President at the CAS Office in the Student Union Building. .. .. ..”

So, the answer is: leave (a) message

Question 19: How often is the CAS Ball held?  

Keywords for this question: how often, CAS Ball, held, 

At the bottom of the notice, take a look at lines 3-4, “ … …. . And don’t forget the CAS Ball is an annual event!

This year it’s being held on 22 December!”

Here, Early Childhood Nursing program = infant illness,

So, the answer is: annually / once a year / every year / each year 

The headline of the text: Student Loans

Questions 20-27: YES, NO, NOT GIVEN:

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

The statement in the question matches with the claim of the writer in the text- YES
The statement in the question contradicts with the claim of the writer in the text- NO
The statement in the question has no clear connection with the account in the text- NOT GIVEN

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

Question 20: I’m taking a month’s cookery course at a local college. It’s a private catering college. I’m going a couple of evenings a week, after work. I get a diploma at the end of it. Can I get some help with a student loan?

Keywords for this question: a month’s cookery course, private catering college, a couple of evenings a week, after work, get, diploma, at the end, some help with, student loan,  

In the ‘Eligibility’ section, take a look at the second paragraph. Here, the writer says, “Eligible courses are offered by colleges, universities, the Scottish grant-aided colleges and other publicly funded institutions providing Higher Education courses.”

Here, these lines suggest that you can only apply for a student loan if you are studying in a publicly funded institution, NOT private institution.

So, the answer is: NO

Question 21: I’m starting a foundation course in September. It’s full time and after a year I hope to get on to a degree course. The fees for the actual course are being paid for by my Local Authority. Am I eligible for a student loan?

Keywords for this question: a foundation course, September, full time, after a year, get, a degree course, fees, actual course, being paid for, by, Local Authority, eligible for, student loan,   

In the third paragraph of the ‘Eligibility’ section, the writer says, “In general, eligible courses include first degree courses or their equivalents and any other courses for which your Local Authority will pay your tuition fees.”

So, the answer is: YES

Question 22: I finish my first degree in July. I’ve got a place on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education course to start in September. Will the Local Authority pay the tuition fees for this course?  

Keywords for this question: finish, first degree, July, got, place on, Postgraduate Certificate in Education course, start, September, Local Authority, pay, tuition fees, for this course,   

In the third paragraph of the ‘Eligibility’ section, we find the information about getting loan if the Local Authority pays for the tuition fees. However, there is NO information on whether the Local Authority will pay the tuition fees for any Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course.

So, the answer is: NOT GIVEN  

Question 23: Now all her children are grown up my mother says she’d like to finish the studies she was forced to give up earlier in life. She’s 48 now and her course is full-time for a year. Is she too old to get a student loan?

Keywords for this question: all children, grown up, mother, like to, finish, studies, was forced to give up, earlier in life, 48, course full-time, year, too old, get, student loan,   

In the ‘Eligibility’ section, the first paragraph gives us the answer to this question. Here, look at these lines, “ . . .. . You are eligible for a student loan if you are a UK resident and are attending a full-time Higher Education course, below postgraduate level, or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education course, provided you start your course before your 50th birthday. .. … ..” 

Here, provided you start your course before your 50th birthday means you are eligible for a student loan if you start your course before the age of 50.

So, the answer is: NO

Question 24: I’ve already been given a small scholarship to cover some of my tuition fees. Can I still get a student loan?

Keywords for this question: already been given, small scholarship, to cover, tuition fees, get, student loan,

In the ‘Your financial circumstances’ section, take a close look at point no. 1,

  • The amount of your maintenance grant or tuition fees does not matter.

This means you will still be eligible for a student loan if you have already got any grant or scholarship

So, the answer is: YES

Question 25: I’m actually staying with my aunt while I’m at college. Will the Student Loans Company want to know how much she earns?

Keywords for this question: staying, with, aunt, while, at, college, Student Loans Company, want to know, how much, she earns,  

Again, in the ‘Your financial circumstances’ section, take a look at point no. 4,

  • The income of your parents, spouse, partner or other relatives is not taken into account.

So, the answer is: NO  

Question 26: I owed the bank rather a lot of money a few years ago. It’s all paid back now but they won’t lend me anymore. Will this disqualify me from getting a student loan?

Keywords for this question: owed, bank, a lot of money, few years ago, all paid back now, but, won’t lend me, anymore, disqualify, from getting, student loan,   

Again, in the ‘Your financial circumstances’ section, take a look at point no. 5,

  • Your previous financial record is not a consideration.

This means having a past financial record does not disqualify you from getting a student loan.

So, the answer is: NO 

Question 27: I took a course a couple of years ago, got a student loan, but had to withdraw half-way through. I’ve kept up all my payments on my loan. Am I eligible for a second loan?

Keywords for this question: took, course, couple of years ago, got, student loan, but, had to withdraw, half-way through, kept up, all, payments, my loan, eligible for, second loan,    

Again, in the ‘Your financial circumstances’ section, take a look at point no. 3,

  • Any previous student loans are not taken into account.

So, the answer is: YES 

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