Mock Test 8.1 | General Reading


You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-17, which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.


Section 1 (Questions 1 - 9)



Aussie Walkabout Experience


Go behind the scenes at Auckland Zoo and come eye to eye with some of our Australian neighbors. Q1Come to the zoo before opening hours and experience the morning sights and sounds. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Help the Q2keepers feed the emus, wallabies, and kangaroos in the Aussie Walkabout and take breakfast to the cheeky rainbow and musk lorikeets.


Tour features

- A small group fully escorted by an experienced guide

- Your Q4guide will photograph you immersed in your tour. The Q3photos will be recorded onto a complimentary CD, which you will receive at the tour conclusion. A fantastic visual record of your unforgettable experience.



Adult/child - $75 per person.


Tour dates and times

The Q5Aussie Walkabout tour runs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – departing from the Information Centre at 8.00 AM. [Crack IELTS with Rob] This tour is approximately an hour and a half in duration – finishing at 9.30.


Important things to know

- Group Q7sizes vary from two to four people

- The minimum age for this tour is six years and if you are under fifteen years of age you must be accompanied by a paying adult

- Wear flat, enclosed shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions

- Please do not wear any loose jewelry or red clothing


Arrival details

Participants Q8must arrive at the zoo by 8.00 AM. If you arrive after this time there will be no opportunity to join the group, so please Q6ensure you allow ample time for traveling and parking in the car park near the entrance. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Your Q9guide will give the group an initial personal safety briefing before the tour starts. Participants should note this is compulsory.


Section 2 (Questions 10 - 17)


Volunteering at Museum Victoria


A.  A Q16volunteer is someone who freely gives their time and skills to an organization in order to help it further its goals. Volunteers are unpaid for their contribution to the organization but are highly regarded for the assistance they give.


B. People Q11choose to volunteer with Museum Victoria for a number of reasons including a desire to help preserve and promote Victoria’s cultural and natural heritage. [Crack IELTS with Rob] They may also wish to share their talents with museum staff and visitors or develop new skills.


C. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and are aged between 17 and 90. They Q12include students, retirees, full-time and part-time workers, parents, and job seekers. For Q17over a century the volunteer program has encouraged a wide range of participants in Museum Victoria activities. Everyone has something to offer.


D. Most ‘Front of House’ roles such as assisting visitors when they arrive are available every day that the museum is open. Behind the scenes or ‘Back of House’ Q13roles such as providing assistance with administration tasks including cataloging and photocopying are usually available on weekdays. There are no regular evening voluntary positions though some special events may occur in the evening.


E. Volunteers cannot undertake core business. [Crack IELTS with Rob] There are Q15no voluntary positions that involve the handling of money, such as ticketing, working in the museum shop or finance department, or which involve a duty of care for visitor or collection safety.


F. Most Q10volunteers commit to a weekly or fortnightly rostered position but this is flexible. A shift can be between two and six hours long. Our guidelines are at least 24 hours per year or an average of two hours per month and no more than 832 hours per year or an average of 64 hours per month.


G. We have an Q14extensive professional development program that volunteers can take advantage of. [Crack IELTS with Rob] It is part of the volunteer agreement with Museum Victoria that development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis to support volunteer roles.


Questions 1 - 9

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Section 1 (Questions 1 - 9)?

In boxes 1-9 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE                   if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE                  if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN         there is no information on this 


  • 1.  The tour takes place when the zoo is closed to the public.

  • 2.  Participants can assist in the feeding of different species during the tour.

  • 3.  Tour participants get a CD free of charge at the beginning of each tour.

  • 4.  Participants are welcome to bring their own camera on the tour.

  • 5.  Tours operate on a weekend basis only.

  • 6.  There is a free car park for visitors to the zoo.

  • 7.  A minimum of four people are permitted on each tour.

  • 8.  Latecomers are always refused entry to the tour.

  • 9.  Participants are required to attend a talk on keeping safe prior to the tour.


Questions 10 - 17

Read the information about volunteering on Section 2 (Questions 10 - 17).

The passage has seven paragraphs labeled A-G.

Which paragraph mentions the following?

Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 10-17 on your answer sheet.


NB    You may use any letter more than once.


  • 10.  How frequently you can volunteer.

  • 11.  Why dpeople decide to volunteer.

  • 12.  What kind of people choose to volunteer.

  • 13.  What specific duties volunteers can choose to undertake.

  • 14.  What training opportunities are open to volunteers.

  • 15.  What kind of duties are unavailable to volunteers.

  • 16.  What a volunteer is.

  • 17.  How long the volunteering program has been running.





Please click the red words below for other Sections of this Mock Test:

Mock Test 8 | Listening Test
Mock Test 8 | General Reading Passage 2
Mock Test 8 | General Reading Passage 3


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