IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #32

Tips for IELTS Reading

When you answer an IELTS Reading four-option multiple choice question, you should remember that:

  • each option (A, B, C, D) is usually connected to a piece of information in the same paragraph
  • only one option says exactly the same thing as a piece of information in the text
  • three options say something slightly different to the pieces of information in the text
  • the options do NOT always come in the same order as the pieces of information in the text.
  • For an IELTS Reading multiple choice task, first read the whole text quickly to get anidea of the topic of each paragraph.
  • Thinking about how a paragraph is organised can help you find information quickly.
  • Make sure the option you choose as correct provides exactly the same information as thetext.
  • Remember that the options do not always appear in the same order as the pieces ofinformation in the text.

Questions 1-4

The passage has five paragraphs labelled A-E

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-E in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

1the duties and responsibilities of the people who design our cities 

2the influence of cinema and the media on people’s view of the future 

3the types of material that future buildings might be made from 

4some information and opinions about people living in cities and living in the countryside 

Questions 5-8

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

5What is the writer doing in Paragraph B?

28What point does the writer make in Paragraph C?

29Paragraph D: In the writer’s opinion, architects who are responsible for planning cities

30Paragraph E: The writer refers to the invention of plastic to make the point that


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