IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #27

Tip for IELTS Reading

When reading an IELTS Reading text, it is important to think about what type of information it covers. Other types of information could be:

  • a reason for ...
  • details of ...
  • a description of ...
  • a suggestion ...

Questions 1-4

The Reading Passage has five sections A-E.

Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings below.

Write your answers in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings
i Cells affected by radiation
ii Effects of low-dose radiation
iii Effects on cell multiplication
iv Effects of radiation on cells
v Sources of radiation
vi Radiation in the food chain
vii Dissemination of radiation
viii Health effects of radiation

ExampleSection A v

1Section B 

2Section C 

3Section D 

4Section E 

Questions 5-10

Classify the following as linked in the passage to:

BR Artificial Radiation
AR Background Radiation
N Neither
B Both

5produced by the human body  

6involves only safe amounts of radiation  

7is used for medical purposes  

8includes plutonium  

9produces a constant level of radiation  

10can enter the food chain  

Questions 11-16

Complete the summary of Section D of the Reading Passage below.

Choose your answers from the box below the summary and write them in boxes 11-16 on your answer sheet.

Note: There are more words/phrases than you will need to. fill the gaps. You may use a word or phrase more than once if you wish.

damaged cells
further offspring
individual cells
number of cells
germ cell

Radiation can affect an organism by damaging which may then die or malfunction. If the affected in this way is small, the effect will not be too drastic and may not be noticeable. Alternatively, the may grow uncontrollably and form cancers, in which case the organism is likely to die.

If the DNA in a germ cell in the ovaries or testes is affected, any originating from that may display which can in turn be passed on to further offspring.


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