IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

This General Training IELTS Reading post focuses on solutions to IELTS Cambridge 4 Reading Test B Section 1 that has two texts entitled Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday’ & ‘Some advertisements’. 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 4 Test B: GT Reading Module

Section 1: Question 1-14

The headline of the text: Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday

Questions 1-7: 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 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: The office is open on Saturdays in February but closes slightly earlier than on weekdays.  

Keywords for this question: office, open, on Saturdays, February, closes, slightly earlier, on weekdays,      

Take a look at the lines of paragraph no. 3, in the ‘21st October to 30th March’ section. It says,

“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and Thursday 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Sunday Closed.” 

Here, 21st October to 30th March means office is open in February, Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. = office is open on Saturdays but closes slightly earlier than on weekdays,

So, the answers are: TRUE

Question 2: On receipt of your deposit, Wessex Cottages will confirm your booking by telephone.

Keywords for this question: receipt, deposit, Wessex Cottages, will confirm, booking, by telephone,

Have a look at paragraph no. 7, as the writer of the text explains, “When we receive your booking form and deposit, your reservation will be confirmed – we will send you a Booking Confirmation, together with advice on how to reach your holiday cottage and the telephone number of a local contact should you require further details on the cottage before leaving home. . .. .”    

Here, Booking Confirmation means an email sent to the clients. (in the UK region)

So, the question statement contradicts the information in the text.

So, the answer is: FALSE     

Question 3: For UK bookings, any outstanding balance must be paid within ten weeks of sending the deposit.

Keywords for this question: UK bookings, any outstanding balance, must be paid, within ten weeks, sending the deposit,   

Again, in paragraph no. 6, the last lines say, “ .. ..  Outstanding balances on bookings made in the UK must be settled within 10 weeks of sending the deposit.”

Here, bookings made in the UK = UK bookings, must be settled within 10 weeks must be paid within ten weeks,

So, the answer is: TRUE                   

Question 4: Between the departure of one visitor and the arrival of the next, the properties are visited and made ready.

Keywords for this question: between, departure of one visitor, arrival, next, properties, visited and made ready,     

Have a look at the ‘Departure’ section, in lines 1-3, “On the morning of departure, please leave your holiday property by 10 a.m. to allow caretakers sufficient time to prepare the property for the next visitors. . . ..”

Here, On the morning of departure = Between the departure of one visitor, the next visitors = the arrival of the next, allow caretakers sufficient time to prepare the property = the properties are visited and made ready,

So, the answer is: TRUE                   

Question 5: The cost is lower if you make a last-minute booking.

Keywords for this question: cost, lower, if, make, last-minute booking,     

Have a look at the LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS section. It says, “ . .. . . If your reservation is made within 10 weeks of the holiday start date, full payment is due on booking.”

Here, full payment is due on booking = the cost is just as same as before,  

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question 6: Electricity is included in the rental of the majority of Wessex Cottages properties.  

Keywords for this question: electricity, included, rental, majority, Wessex Cottages properties,    

Take a close look at ‘Electricity’ section. It says, “In most Wessex Cottages properties electricity must be paid for in addition to the holiday price. . …”

Here, In most Wessex Cottages properties = the majority of Wessex Cottages properties, must be paid for in addition to the holiday price =  not included in the rental,

So, the answer is: FALSE

Question 7: Beach towels are available for hire.    

Keywords for this question: beach towels, available, for hire,    

Take a close look at ‘Linen’ section. It says in lines 7-8, “ . .. . .. , but will not include towels for swimming or beach use. .. ..”

Here, towels for swimming or beach use = Beach towels, will not include = not available,

So, the answer is: FALSE

The text is on some advertisements.

Questions 8-14: Classifying situations with advertisements

[This type of question asks candidates to classify some situations from the given advertisements. Candidates are given some situations based on the advertisements, and a list of advertisements, which is listed as A, B, C etc. They must match the correct situations with the correct options.

N.B.: This question doesn’t follow any sequence. So, they should be answered after all other questions in the passage.]

Question 8: I have had an accident in my car. One of the rear lights is broken. I need to have it replaced.

Keywords for this question: had an accident, one of the rear lights, broken, have it, replaced,     

Take a look at advertisement B.  

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, Body repair service/ Restorations/ Breakdown service = broken lights can be replaced,

So, the answer is: B

Question 9: I am helping to organise a wedding. The party will be at the bride’s family’s house but we are looking for someone to provide the food.

Keywords for this question: helping to organise, wedding, party, will be, at the bride’s family’s house, but, looking for someone, provide the food,     

Have a look at advertisement D.  

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, Catering/ We will supply the menu = provide the food,

So, the answer is: D

Question 10: I have just found a house that I want to buy and I need a lawyer to help me with all the paperwork.

Keywords for this question: found a house, want to buy, need a lawyer, to help me, with, all the paperwork,  

Have a look at advertisement K.  

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, solicitors = a lawyer, legal services = to help with all the paperworks,

So, the answer is: K

Question 11: I have just returned from a holiday in Thailand, where I bought a Thai recipe book. I want to use the recipes in my restaurant, but I need someone to help me understand them.  

Keywords for this question: just returned, from a holiday, Thailand, bought, Thai recipe book, want to use, recipes, my restaurant, but, need someone, help, understand them,     

Take a look at advertisement L. 

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, TRANSLATION & INTERPRETING = someone to help . .. understand Thai language,  

So, the answer is: L

Question 12: I have just got a new job. I need to find somewhere to live locally.

Keywords for this question: just got a new job, find somewhere, to live locally,      

Take a look at advertisement G.

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, An independent property service, providing expert knowledge = find somewhere to live locally,

So the answer is: G

Question 13: Some friends are coming to visit me for the weekend, but my house is too small to put them all up. I want to find somewhere for them to stay.    

Keywords for this question: some friends, coming to visit, for the weekend, house, too small, find somewhere for them, to stay,   

Have a look at advertisement J.

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, facilities with good-sized family rooms all with: colour TV, Tea/coffee-making facilities = somewhere for guests to stay,

So the answer is: J

Question 14: I work in a local firm of solicitors. It’s nearly the end of the tax year and I am trying to find someone to help us organise our finances.   

Keywords for this question: work in a local firm, of solicitors, nearly the end of the tax year, trying to find, someone to help, organise, finances,  

Have a look at advertisement A.

IELTS General Training Reading: Cambridge 4 Test B Section 1; Booking a Wessex Cottages Holiday & Some advertisements; with top solutions and best explanations

Here, All professional services, including Auditing, Accountancy and Taxation = help . .. . organise our finances,

So the answer is: A

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