IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #21

Reading Test Strategies

In preparing for IELTS, try to read as widely as possible. Read articles or reports on a range of subjects, so that you become more familiar with the type of academic vocabulary that is used.

When doing a Reading test it is very important to read the texts carefully before you start answering the questions, but don't worry if there are some words that you don't know. Practise trying to guess the meaning of unknown words from the context.

Decide how much time you will spend on each section and keep to your plan, so that you don't run out of time. Remember to allow time to check that you have filled in your answers correctly on the Answer Sheet.

Questions 1-6

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

In boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet, write

YESif the statement agrees with the writer's claims
NOif the statement contradicts the writer's claims
NOT GIVENif there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

1Much media comment ignores the impact that video games can have on many people’s lives. 

2The publication of the Byron Report was followed by a worthwhile discussion between those for and against video games. 

3Susan Greenfield’s way of writing has become more complex over the years. 

4It is likely that video games will take over the role of certain kinds of books in the future. 

5More sociable games are being brought out to satisfy the demands of the buying public. 

6Being afraid of technological advances is a justifiable reaction. 

Questions 7-11

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

7According to the writer, what view about video games does Susan Greenfield put forward in tier new book?

8According to the writer, what problems are faced when regulating video games?

9What main point does Adam Martin make about video games?

10Which of the following does Steven Johnson disagree with?

11Which of the following is the most suitable subtitle for Reading Passage?

Questions 12-14

Complete each sentence with the correct ending, A-E, below.

A young people have no problem separating their own lives from the ones they play on the screen.
B levels of reading ability will continue to drop significantly.
C new advances in technology have to be absorbed into our lives.
D games cannot provide preparation for the skills needed in real life.
E young people will continue to play video games despite warnings against doining so.

12There is little evidence for the traditionalists’ prediction that  

13A recent study by the US government found that  

14Richard Battle suggests that it Is important for people to accept the fact that  


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