General Training Reading Sample 4

Questions 1- 4:
Read the information on The Medicine in the passage below. Do the following statements agree with the information in the passage? In boxes 1- 4 on your answer sheet write :

YES              if the statement agrees with the information
NO                if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information about this in the passage

Example                                                                                              Answer

You must shake the bottle before you take the medicine.                          YES

The Medicine

• This medicine must be taken as directed.

• Before using, shake the bottle.

• Dose: 50ml to be taken twice daily after the midday and evening meals.

Instructions:

• Do not take this medicine on an empty stomach or immediately before lying down.

• If any of the following occur, discontinue taking the medicine and contact your doctor: dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision.

• This medicine is not available without a prescription and is not suitable for children under 5 years.

• Once you have begun to take this medicine you must continue to take it until the bottle is empty, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

• Only one course of this medicine should be taken in a period of six months.

• Expiry date: 16 February 2004.

 

1. You should lie down after you have taken the medicine.
2. You must stop taking the medicine if your eyesight is affected.
3. You must stop taking the medicine when you feel better.
4. This medicine is suitable for a person of any age.

Questions 5-9
Look at the notice below. Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER answer the following questions.
Write your answers in boxes 5-9 on your answer sheet.

Example                                                                       Answer
What has been found in some Fancy Foods              pieces of metal
products?

5. Where can you find the batch number on the jars?
6. How much will you receive for an opened jar of contaminated Chicken Curry?
7. If you have eaten Chicken Curry from a jar with one of the batch numbers listed, whom should you contact?
8. What information do they ask you to provide about the jar of Chicken Curry you ate?
9. What is the maximum reward Fancy Foods is offering for information about who contaminated their product?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: PRODUCT RETURN

Fancy Foods wishes to inform the public that pieces of metal have been found in some jars of Fancy
Foods Chicken Curry (Spicy). The batches of the Jars involved have numbers from J6617 to
J6624.The batch number is printed on the bottom of each jar.

If you have any jars with these batch numbers, please return them (preferably unopened) to the
supermarket where you purchased them. You can also return them to the factory (Fancy Foods
Retailers, Blacktown). Fancy Foods will pay $10 for each jar returned unopened and $5 for each jar
already opened.

No payment will be made for empty jars, which do not need to be returned. However, the company’s
Retailing Manager will be interested to hear from people who have consumed chicken curry from any
of the above batch numbers. In particular, it will be helpful if they can give information about the place
of purchase of the product.

Jars of Fancy Foods Chicken Curry (Coconut) and Fancy Foods Chicken Curry (Mango) have not
been affected and do not need to be returned.


REWARD
Fancy Foods will pay a reward of $ 10,000 to $50,000 for information which leads to the conviction of
any person found guilty of placing metal pieces in its products. If you have such information, please
contact the Customer Relations Manager, Fancy Foods Retailers, Blacktown.

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0 # Syeda 2017-08-09 14:44
I felt it is very easy to do. Hope to get reading comprehensions like this in my IELTS exam.
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0 # Adebayo Adekusibe 2017-04-25 17:49
For question 5, what if I write 'jar bottom' or 'each jar bottom'. Would it be marked as a correct answer?
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0 # Adebayo Adekusibe 2017-04-25 17:46
This is easier compared to the others.
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0 # Khan 2017-03-29 14:16
I don't think the real IELTS reading examination would be so easy.
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0 # Retheesh 2017-03-05 02:04
Quetion 7) 'Retail Manager' is not correct?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2017-03-06 07:37
Yes, this is also correct.
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0 # Jaso 2017-01-25 13:57
I got 8/9. It's not difficult.
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+3 # Neha 2017-01-24 11:22
Can anyone explain me the answer to the question no. 2?
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0 # Amrit Sandhu 2017-05-06 06:44
If any of the followings occur, discontinue taking the medicine and contact your doctor: dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision. Dizziness means sleepy... Eye affecting.
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0 # Borderless 2017-02-17 18:02
Blurred vision is mentioned, "if any of the followings occur, discontinue taking the medicine and contact your doctor: dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision."
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+1 # Con 2016-08-07 16:17
I have a doubt regarding answers for questions 6 & 9. The instructions clearly say you just need to mention a number but your answers show the dollar sign followed by a number. Don't we have to just mention the number?
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0 # Prudvinath Malepati 2017-03-23 11:01
We should always mention the unit. Either in full words or universally accepted signs.
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+3 # Ravi 2016-07-16 23:54
Guys, for Q#7, the answer is written in small letters, but the passage shows capital letters. Does it affect marking?
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+2 # Shreyasi Mishra 2015-12-11 13:08
I don't understand the 3rd one. The statement is "Once you have begun to take this medicine you must continue to take it until the bottle is empty unless advised otherwise by your doctor."

This means that the answer is contingent on what the doctor has to say. If only the doctor asks the patient to "not stop" taking the medicine in between, even if he feels better, can we say that 3rd is 'false'. Otherwise, 3rd one might be 'true' as well. We don't know about the doctor's statement, so the answer should be Not given. Please correct me if I am wrong here.
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0 # Priyam Chaturvedi 2017-04-29 00:32
I couldn't agree more. I answered the same, and I am not satisfied with the given answer.
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0 # Nauman 2017-03-09 18:49
Quoting Shreyasi Mishra:
I don't understand the 3rd one. The statement is: Once you have begun to take this medicine you must continue to take it until the bottle is empty, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
This means that the answer is contingent on what the doctor has to say. If only the doctor asks the patient to "not stop" taking the medicine in between, even if he feels better, can we say that 3rd is 'false'. Otherwise, 3rd might be true as well. We don't know about the doctor's statement, so the answer should be Not given. Please correct me if I am wrong here.


I agree with you. I myself wrote 'NOT GIVEN' against this question.
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0 # Siddhant 2017-08-30 05:28
Quoting Nauman:
Quoting Shreyasi Mishra:
I don't understand the 3rd one. The statement is: Once you have begun to take this medicine you must continue to take it until the bottle is empty, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
This means that the answer is contingent on what the doctor has to say. If only the doctor asks the patient to "not stop" taking the medicine in between, even if he feels better, can we say that 3rd is 'False'. Otherwise, 3rd one might be true as well. We don't know about the doctor's statement, so the answer should be Not given. Please correct me if I am wrong here.


I agree with you. I myself wrote 'NOT GIVEN' against this question.

NO... YOU GUYS DIDN'T READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY. IT SAYS "You must stop taking the medicine" WHICH CONTRADICTS WITH INFORMATION PROVIDED. THIS IS WHY ANSWER IS FALSE/NO.
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0 # Elida 2016-10-21 10:41
I think the answers of the questions no. 2 and 4 are not given.

I never found that facts in the text.
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+4 # Vishnu 2015-12-21 04:25
I have the same question as well. I guess it should be 'NG' but would love to hear the reason for marking it as 'False'.
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+1 # Ranjeet 2016-07-09 01:43
Dear Vishnu, the 3rd one is very easy. You must continue to take it until the bottle is empty unless advised otherwise by your doctor. It is mentioned that do not leave medicine when you feel better unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
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+10 # IELTS Mentor 2015-12-21 06:08
Question 3: You must stop taking the medicine when you feel better. Explanation:

a) It would have been 'NG' only if there was no instruction given when to stop taking the medicine. But the instruction is given in the reading passage when to stop: "Stop when the bottle is empty."

b) Stop when the doctor instructs you to do so. Hence, "Not Given" is not the right answer here. So, someone should not stop taking the medicine whenever s/he feels better and that's why it would be 'No'." Hope that clarifies the doubt you have regarding the answer to the question 3.

Let us know your thoughts.
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+1 # M Farhan Khan 2015-11-21 20:43
I am a bit confused about answer number 7 because it says you have to return from where you bought it or can return to the factory. There is no retail manager but the answer is a retail manager. I am really confused! Could you please elaborate? Thanks.
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+1 # Esmaeil 2015-12-03 06:14
Dear friends, the question is saying that whom you should contact means? It should be a person, not a place?
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+2 # Syed Jafar Ali Shah 2015-11-01 07:43
In the passage - Do not take this medicine on an empty stomach or immediately before lying down. Question 1: You should lie down after you have taken the medicine. The answer is 'False'. Explanation: "Do not lie down after taking the medicine" is same as "Do not take this medicine immediately before lying down." but in the question, it says the opposite - "You should lie down after you have taken the medicine" - that's why it is 'FALSE'.
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+2 # Funmi 2015-10-14 14:17
Hi, kindly throw more lights on why question 1 is 'F' and not 'NG'. Thanks.
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+1 # Jahnavi 2015-10-14 11:18
Will the case of the letters, punctuation, and other details of grammar affect the score in IELTS reading section?
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+2 # Jahnavi 2015-10-14 11:17
Will the case of the letters, punctuation marks affect the score? I am not sure hence asking.
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+1 # Sunny 2015-10-02 15:31
I am grateful to you because this website is very helpful to me. Thanks a lot.
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+3 # Vipin Das 2015-08-17 01:27
The answer to the question 7, I used Capital letter for Retailing Manager (R and M capital). Is it correct?
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+1 # Mushi 2015-07-28 09:38
I have got 8/9.
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+1 # Tolu 2015-05-26 11:54
I want to ask if those words in brackets are counted as one word or what? For example, the instruction says 'no more than three words', from question 5 (on the) bottom (of jar). Are those three words or five words? Please someone should assist with that question. I have my exam on 30th. Thanks.
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2015-05-29 07:29
For question 5, you can write:
either "on the bottom" or "bottom of jar"

"(on the) bottom (of jar)" is given to provide the all possible answers for this question. You must not write more than three words here.

The same rule applies for the question 7 where you can write: company’s retailing manager or retailing manager.

Thus words in parentheses are optional and even if you use them, total word count must comply with the question's instruction.

Hope this clarifies your double.
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0 # Rick 2017-05-30 13:27
Quoting IELTS Mentor:
For question 5, you can write:
either "on the bottom" or "bottom of jar"

"(on the) bottom (of jar)" is given to provide the all possible answers for this question. You must not write more than three words here.

The same rule applies for the question 7 where you can write: company’s retailing manager or retailing manager.

Thus words in parentheses are optional and even if you use them, total word count must comply with the question's instruction.

Hope this clarifies your double.


Wonderful explanation. Kudos.
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+1 # Steffy 2017-01-05 10:31
Sir, If I write only 'bottom', then is the answer would be wrong?
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+2 # Shk 2015-03-17 05:15
The answers to the questions 1 and 3 should be NOT GIVEN instead of NO

1. "You should lie down after you have taken the medicine." There is no information about this in the passage, why the answer is NO I don't get it, It should be 'Not Given'. It only says do not lie down immediately before taking the medicine

3. "You must stop taking the medicine when you feel better." There is no information about this in the reading passage. I simply don't understand why answers to questions 1 and 3 are 'NO'; it should be 'Not Given'. Please explain...
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+8 # Faisal 2015-04-23 05:52
As far as I am concerned, it seems confusing. However, the answer "No" is absolutely correct. "Do not take this medicine on an empty stomach or immediately before lying down" May be rewritten concisely as "Do not lie down after taking medicine". Hence, this is just opposite to the given option. The third one is tricky as well, "you must continue to take it until the bottle is empty" means, even if you feel better but you must empty the bottle. I hope you get it.
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-2 # Shai 2015-10-01 05:02
Another example: Say the opinion was that you must eat after taking the medicine (as absurd as it sounds). The text implies that you must eat before. That doesn't mean that you must eat after.
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-3 # Shai 2015-10-01 05:00
I disagree Faisal. Lying down before taking the medicine is not the same as lying down after taking it. However, it may be that the deeper meaning of this instruction is that you allow your body to digest the medicine better by not lying down, but this is not what the text says. The text simply says that you shouldn't lie down or be on empty stomach BEFORE taking the medicine. Hence either the answer or the text is wrong.
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+2 # Arun 2015-04-07 22:02
I agree, as there is no information about what to do "after" medication. Information in the passage is about "before" or "empty stomach". I guess the paragraph says "You must continue". However, the question says - "You must stop". I believe this may be the keywords to answer it as 'No'.
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+2 # Hafiz 2014-11-10 05:53
1 and 3 are not clear.
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+2 # Ayman 2015-07-24 17:38
I have scored 100%. So easy.
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0 # Nida 2016-08-08 00:00
Yes, this one is very easy. I hope I get this one in my test :) I have my IELTS test on Tuesday.
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