IELTS Reading Sample (General) #9

Reading Tip

  • As the IELTS test is a proficiency test, it is not based on a specific language syllabus. This means that you cannot predict exactly the language which the test will contain.
  • Aim to improve your general language knowledge and skills, as well as to develop effective strategies.
  • Aim to read appropriate materials about a wide range of topics as often as possible. Even academic texts about different subjects have a high proportion of words and structures in common.
  • Try also to increase your reading speed. The length of time allowed for each section of the reading test is relatively short, so you will need to be able to read the texts and the questions quickly.
  • Over time, your general proficiency in English will increase and your potential test performance will rise.

Questions 1-7

Complete the table below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

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

Paul Wickens's development of Ntropy
built matchstick structures and created a big model of a
Left college and worked in IT
sent of Ntropy to games companies
built of Ntropy
tested the game
redesigned the game and introduced
founded a firm named
had the base for the game designed by a friend
had the base made by a firm using something called
had the sticks made using material that comes from

Questions 8-13

The passage has ten paragraphs labelled A-J

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-J in boxes 8-13 on your answer sheet.

8a reference to an assumption Paul Wickens made that proved to be incorrect 

9a reason why Paul Wickens thought he was qualified to start his own games company 

10Paul Wickens's aim regarding the market for Ntropy 

11a description of a coincidence that proved fortunate for Paul Wickens 

12a reason why Paul Wickens began to consider his future 

13an explanation of the name Paul Wickens gave to his game 


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