IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #1

IELTS Reading information: Matching headings

This task tests whether you understand the organisation of texts and can identify the main idea or topic in each section of a text.

You will be given a numbered list with headings, as well as a text divided into sections. The headings will be in the form of short statements which summarise the information in a section. You will need to read the text sections and decide which of the headings best fits that section.

Questions 1-5

The first six paragraphs of Reading Passage 1 are lettered A-F.

Choose the most suitable headings for paragraphs A-F from the list of headings below.

NB There are more headings than paragraphs, so you will not use them all.

List of Headings
i Why lights are needed
ii Lighting discourages law breakers
iii The environmental dangers
iv People at risk from bright lights
v Illuminating space
vi A problem lights do not solve
vii Seen from above
viii More light than is necessary
ix Approaching the city
Paragraph Aix

1Paragraph B 

2Paragraph C 

3Paragraph D 

4Paragraph E 

5Paragraph F 


For any questions where you need to write words from the passage, a hyphenated word (e.g. long-term) counts as ONE word.

Questions 6-9

Complete each of the following statements with words taken from the passage.

Write ONE or TWO WORDS for each answer.

6According to a recent study, well-lit streets do not or make neighbourhoods safer to live in.

7Inefficient lighting increases because most electricity is produced from coal, gas or oil.

8Efficient lights from going into areas where it is not needed.

9In dealing with light pollution is at least as important as passing new laws.

Questions 10-13

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

In boxes 10-13 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

10One group of scientists find their observations are made more difficult by bright lights. 

11It is expensive to reduce light pollution. 

12Many countries are now making light pollution illegal. 

13Old types of light often cause more pollution than more modern ones. 


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