IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #18

Reading Tip

Scanning is a very useful technique, because it saves time. It means that you move your eyes down the text quickly to find specific information, e.g. places, names, phrases, without reading everything properly and ignoring information you do not need.

Questions 1-7

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.

Indoor farming

1Some food plants, including , are already grown indoors.

2Vertical farms would be located in , meaning that there would be less need to take them long distances to customers.

3Vertical farms could use methane from plants and animals to produce .

4The consumption of would be cut because agricultural vehicles would be unnecessary.

5The fact that vertical farms would need light is a disadvantage.

6One form of vertical farming involves planting in which are not fixed.

7The most probable development is that food will be grown on in towns and cities.

Questions 8-13

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

In boxes 8-13 on your answer sheet write

TRUEif the statement agrees with the information
FALSEif the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVENif there is no information on this

8Methods for predicting the Earth's population have recently changed. 

9Human beings are responsible for some of the destruction to food-producing land. 

10The crops produced in vertical farms will depend on the season. 

11Some damage to food crops is caused by climate change. 

12Fertilisers will be needed for certain crops in vertical farms. 

13Vertical farming will make plants less likely to be affected by infectious diseases. 


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