IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #29

Tips for IELTS Reading

You have one hour to answer questions in three sections so divide up your time, carefully. The sections become increasingly difficult so allocate perhaps 15 minutes for the first section, 20 minutes for the second and 25 minutes for the third section.

Start each reading section by finding out what information you are looking for. Read the questions first. You will waste precious time if you try to read and understand everything.

  • Read the heading. This will give you a good general idea of what the passage is about. Read through the questions quickly. How many are there? What sort of questions are they (sentence completion, diagram completion etc.)? This will help you focus when you read the text as you will have some ideas of what to look for.
  • Scan and skim the text. You do not need to understand every detail. This is to get a general understanding of the passage. Turn back to the questions and begin to work through them, referring back to the passage as you need to and reading the important sections carefully and slowly.
  • If you cannot answer a question, or it is taking you a long time, leave it and come back to it at the end.

When completing the practice tests, remember to write your answers straight onto the Answer Sheet. DO NOT write your answers on the question pages because in the real IELTS test all answers must be written on the Answer Sheet.

Questions 1-6

The passage has six paragraphs labelled A-F

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-F in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

1changing light waves to increase capacity 

2a practical demonstration of the new technology 

3use of the wireless spectrum needing to be monitored closely 

4overcoming the problem of the short range of the new signal 

5improvements in data transmission possibly leading to technological breakthroughs 

6the prospect of saving people a lot of time 

Questions 7-11

Complete the summary using the list of words.

Choose your answers from the box below the summary and write them in boxes 7-11 on your answer sheet.

atmospheric interference
light waves
wireless spectrum
data streams

Researchers are looking for a way of using the more efficiently. One option is to transmit signals that are twisted into and wrapping them together, or them. This is still problematic on earth due to but scientists hope that cable technology will catch up with the research breakthrough.


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