IELTS READING SAMPLE TEST


Questions 1-5

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

In boxes 11-13 on your answer sheet, write

 

YES if the statement agrees with the writer’s claims
NO if the statement contradicts the writer’s claims
NOT GIVEN if there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
Example Answer
Networking is a concept Yes
1 Networking is not a modern idea.
2 Networking is worn like a badge exclusively in the business world.
3 People fall into two basic categories.
4 A person who shares knowledge and friends makes a better networker than one who does not.
5 The classic networker is physically strong and generally in good health.

Questions 6-10

Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage, complete the sentences below.

6 Making new acquaintances …………………………………. but also has its disadvantages.
7 At work, problems can be caused if the manager is …………………………………. .
8 A manager can suppress, or even totally …………………………………. the career of an employee.
9 In business today, working together is necessary in order for …………………………………. to grow.
10 Businesses that specialize will not last for long without …………………………………. .

Questions 11-15

Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage, complete the sentences below.

11 In which sphere of life have ideas been protected jealously? ………………………………….
12 Which type of individual does not easily become a modern networker? ………………………………….
13 Where is one of the greatest concentrations of high tech companies in Europe? ………………………………….
14 Who replaced the Neanderthals? ………………………………….
15 What, as well as understanding and thought abstraction, sets us apart from other animals? ………………………………….
Key:
1 Networking is not a modern idea.
Yes: The answer is in the first sentence of the first paragraph where the writer states that it is unjustified that networking is considered a modern concept. Note the use of the word ‘idea’ in the statement as a synonym for the word concept.
2 Networking is worn like a badge exclusively in the business world.
No: The answer is in the last sentence of the first paragraph. You need to read the end of the sentence, … and not just in the business world. Make sure you read around the information when you find it and not just jump to conclusions. The last part of the sentence in the text qualifies or restricts where the badge is worn.
3 People fall into two basic categories.
Yes: The answer is in the first sentence of the second paragraph. The text does not mention a number, but it does indicate that there are two types of person. Note that students commonly want to put ‘Not Given’ as the answer here. However, the information as to the number is given.
4 A person who shares knowledge and friends makes a better networker than one who does not.
Yes: The statement is a summary of the information in the first three sentences of paragraph two. Often, the exact words of the statement or sentence will not be found in the text itself, but the answer will be ‘Yes’ because the exact sentence is an accurate summary or paraphrase of the information in the text. Understanding meaning is being tested here. Just because the words or phrases in the statement are not in the text, it does not mean that the answer cannot be ‘Yes’.
5 The classic networker is physically strong and generally in good health.
Not Given: The answer is in the third sentence of paragraph two: The classic networker is someone who is strong enough within themselves to …; the writer is talking about mental strength. The answer is ‘Not Given’ rather than `No’ because physical strength is not mentioned, so we do not know if the classic networker is physically strong or not. Note also that the writer does not mention anything about general health.

Questions 6-10

Using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage, complete the sentences below.

6 Making new acquaintances brings success but also has its disadvantages.
The answer is in the first sentence of the third paragraph. Note that you need to scan the text for possible synonyms of the words new acquaintances and disadvantages. Remember that you are looking for a negative word or idea to paraphrase the latter word. Note also that the answers to this section will follow the previous one in the text. This is usually the case, but is not always so.
7 At work, problems can be caused if the manager is (very) insecure/jealous/envious .
The answer is in the second half of the third paragraph and the sentence is a paraphrase of the information in the passage. The technique here is to scan the passage for key words, at work/manager, or their synonyms. There is more than one answer here, which is also possible in the exam. You only need to give one answer.
8 A manager can suppress, or even totally block the career of an employee.
The answer is at the end of the third paragraph. Note the use of the word totally in the question, so it is not possible to give block completely as the answer. As you scan the text for the answer, you need to look for synonyms of the words manager/suppress/totally/career. In this case, the first and last words are in the text.
9 In business today, working together is necessary in order for companies and enterprises to grow.
The answer is in the first sentence of the fourth paragraph. The sentence to be completed is a paraphrase of this section of the passage. The words that help you to scan for the information are: business/today/working together/grow. In this case, you are looking for synonyms of the last three items.
10 Businesses that specialize will not last for long without co-operation and contacts .
The answer is in the fourth sentence of the fourth paragraph. Note the key words for scanning: Businesses that specialize and last.
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