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Monday, August 13, 2018


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Dear Simon

Thank you for sharing your magnificent ideas with us. I have a problem with a question in Cambridge Practice Test for IELTS 1. Please, if it's possible, help me with this case. In Reading Passage 2 about Migratory Beekeeping, this paragraph is written

"By early March it is time to move the bees. It can take up to seven nights to pack the 4,000 or so hives that a beekeeper may own. These are not moved in the middle of the day because too many of the bees would end up homeless. But at night, the hives are stacked onto wooden pallets, back-to-back in sets of four, and lifted onto a truck. It is not necessary to wear gloves or a beekeeper’s veil because the hives are not being opened and the bees should remain relatively quiet. Just in case some are still lively, bees can be pacified with a few puffs of smoke blown into each hive’s narrow entrance.
In their new location, the beekeeper will pay the farmer to allow his bees to feed in such places as orange groves....."

Then, this question has been asked:

In March, beekeepers …… (13) ….. for migration at night when the hives are …… (14) …… and the bees are generally tranquil. A little …… (15) …… can ensure that this is the case.

I have problem with question Number 13, because (in my opinion)two words (set off & prepare) in the answer list can be used as the correct answer.

In the list of words/phrases as answers, these words are given

smoke chemicals pay
barrels protection charge
set off light split
pollinate machines supers
combs screen prepare
full empty queens

I'm wondering which word is the correct answer?

Farzad Yousefzadeh

"prepare for migration" comes up as a phrase on Google Books:


"set off for" needs to be followed by a real place (not a abstract noun):


"set off on migration" does crop up:


May I ask a question further?How to make sure that you will fully understand?


Thank you for your help :), I got it ("set off for" needs to be followed by a real place).

Thank Simon. I didn't do well the second step and then easily got a wrong answer, espcially not given vs false questions. However, I think my reading will be improved by practicing.

@ Yun

To make sure you fully understand, vocabulary is usually the key. It only takes one word that is a bit unfamiliar to undermine your understanding. And of course it is exactly this that the exam is designed to test.

The other hurdle is sometimes the underlying logic. For example:

Text: The male birds of the species, which sport brighter plumage, migrate south for the winter.

a) All the males have distinctive feathering. T/F/NG

b) Some males stay behind in winter. T/F/NG

c) Females of this species are attracted to colorful males. T/F/NG

d) Some game birds are shot for sport. T/F/NG

To answer these questions correctly, you will need to consider the punctuation, the keywords, the articles/determiners, and the logical implications of the text, in order to get the right answers.

So it is about acquiring a wide range of vocabulary relevant to IELTS topics, and practicing diligently, with a method that works for you at home and on exam-day.

Hi, I'm new here. I am a candidate for ielts academic exams exams. I will be taking the exams in September 29,next month. Please any advice.

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