Why Magazine & First Aid for snake bites – IELTS General Reading Passage

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-15 which are based on the text below.

GT Reading: WHY MAGAZINE, Sydney Conservatorium & First Aid for snake bites

Questions 1 – 3

The following is a Contents page from a magazine.

Answer questions 1-3 by writing the appropriate page number or numbers where the information appears in the magazine, in boxes 1-3 on pour answer sheet.

Example: On what page is the main article in the magazine?     Answer: 5

1. What page would you turn to for advice about money?
2. On what TWO pages can you read about art?
3. On what page is the new sports stadium discussed?

Questions 4

To answer Question 4, use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS. In the box 4 on your answer sheet, write your answer.

4. How often does this magazine appear?

From the EditorIn this issue we publish some of the many letters we received on the new Sports Stadium, our cover story last month. Your reactions were certainly mixed! Read our exclusive interview with film-star Mike Mikeson and his plans to start a fast-food chain. But there’s so much more… enough to keep you going for the rest of the month.Until next time,The EditorCOVER STORY 5
Mike Mikeson: a new smash-hit movie, but plans for a dramatic career change
REGULAR FEATURESFilm Review                                  30Crossword                                    31Letters to the Editor                    32What’s on Round Town               33Art, Music, Theatre
12  Getaway HolidaysSome popular and some unusual18  Start NowMarissa Brown of EastBank sets out a sound investment and savings plan for young professionals26  Best WheelsRacing car driver Marco Leoni changes teams: will it be Ford or Ferrari?28  The MetMetropolitan Art Museum hosts a new exhibition of post-modern paintings

Questions 5 – 10

Read the advertisements for musical concerts below and answer the questions 5-10.

Write answers in boxes 5-10 on your answer sheet.


 for January 2001

A.   Sydney Youth Orchestra

Conservatorium High School students play a selection of Mozart concertos.

Date: Sat. 4th and 11th January, 8.00 pm. $10 and $5.

 B.   Let’s Sing Together

An afternoon for the young and the young-at-heart. Led by the Giggles Band, sing children’s songs from your childhood and from all over the world.

There will be a special appearance by Willy Wallaby, from the popular children’s programme, Hoppy!

Date: Sun. 5th January, 3.00 pm. $5.

C.   One Romantic Evening

Bring someone special with you and listen to some of the greatest

love songs as you gaze at the stars together!

Date: Sat. 25th January, 8.00 pm. $20 and $12.

Note: This concert will be held in the Conservatorium Rose Carden, not in the Concert Hall.

D.   Rock n’ Roll

Bop along ’til late to the rock hits of the last 10 years. Bands playing include The Hippies, The Hypers, and The Heroes. If you have a special request, write it down at the ticket counter when you come in.

Date: Sat. 18th January, 8.00 pm. $10 and $5.

E.   Flamenco!

World-famous classical guitarist Rodrigo Paras will play a selection of traditional Spanish Flamenco pieces.

Date: Sun. 19th and 26th January, 7.30 pm. $20 and $12.

Questions 5 – 10

Read the advertisements for musical events above.

Answer the questions below by writing the appropriate letter or letters, A-E, in boxes 5-10 on your answer sheet.

NB Some answers may require more than one letter.

Example:  At which concert will a television character appear?   Answer:   B

5. At which concert will young performers play?
6. Which concert will be held outdoors?
7. Which concerts will happen more than once?
8. Which concert will feature only one performer?
9. Which concert is NOT being held at night?
10. At which concert can the audience choose what will be performed?

Read the information below on treatment for snake bite and answer Questions 11-15.


Snakes are not normally aggressive and tend to bite only when they are threatened or mishandled. Some snakes, e.g. the carpet snake, are not poisonous. Others, e.g. the brown snake, tiger snake and taipan, are very poisonous.

A      Prevention

    ◻ leave snakes alone and do not collect snakes
    ◻ do not put your hands in hollow logs, under piles of wood, or in rubbish
    ◻ be noisy when walking in the bush
    ◻ look carefully when walking through thick grass
    ◻use a torch around camps at night

B      Symptoms and signs

These do not appear immediately, but from about 15 minutes to 2 hours after the casualty is bitten. There are often no visible symptoms or signs. Take seriously any information from a casualty concerning:

    ◻ strong emotional reaction
    ◻ headache or double vision
    ◻ drowsiness, giddiness or faintness
    ◻ nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhoea
    ◻ puncture marks about 1 centimetre apart at the site of the bite. Bites are usually on the limbs, especially the legs.
    ◻ breddening
    ◻ bruising
    ◻ sweating
    ◻ breathing difficulties

C       Management

    ◻ reassure the casualty
    ◻ apply a pressure immobilisation bandage over the bitten area and around the limb
    ◻ seek medical aid urgently

D      Snakebite Warnings

    ◻ never wash the venom off the skin as this will help in later identification
    ◻ never cut or squeeze the bitten area
    ◻ never try to suck the venom out of the wound

Questions 11 – 15

The passage “First Aid for Snake Bites” explains what to do in the event of a snake bite.

Read the additional instructions below and choose the section A-D to which each instruction belongs.

Write the appropriate letter in boxes 11-15 on pour answer sheet.

Example:   never use a tight bandage   Answer:  D.

11. help the casualty to sit or lie down
12. wear stout shoes, walk-socks and jeans (or similar clothing) in areas where snakes could be present
13. pain or tightness in the chest or abdomen
14. do not try to catch the snake
15. swelling of the bitten area

1. 18
2. 28, 33 [you have to write both 28 & 33 to get a number.]
3. 32
4. monthly//every month//each month
5. A
6. C
7. A, E [You have to write both A & E to get a number for this question.]
8. E
9. B
10. D
11. C
12. A
13. B
14. D
15. B