IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #3

Test Tip

In IELTS Reading texts, each paragraph usually has one main idea supported by details, examples or evidence. Identifying the main idea of each paragraph will help you understand the text better. In IELTS, this skill is tested in the heading-matching task.

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on IELTS Reading Passage 1.

Questions 1-7

Reading Passage 1 has seven sections, A-G.

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

Write the correct number, i-x, in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.

List of Phrases
i Legislation brings temporary improvements
ii The increasing speed of suburban development
iii A new area of academic interest
iv The impact of environmental extremes on city planning
v The first campaigns for environmental change
vi Building cities in earthquake zones
vii The effect of global warming on cities
viii Adapting areas surrounding cities to provide resources
ix Removing the unwanted by-products of city life
x Providing health information for city dwellers

1Paragraph A 

2Paragraph B 

3Paragraph C 

4Paragraph D 

5Paragraph E 

6Paragraph F 

7Paragraph G 

Questions 8-13

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

In boxes 8-13 on your answer sheet write

TRUEif the statement agrees with the information
FALSEif the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVENif there is no information on this

8 In the nineteenth century, water was brought into the desert to create productive farming land.  

9 Women were often the strongest campaigners for environmental reform.  

10 Reducing urban air and water pollution in the early twentieth century was extremely expensive.  

11 The introduction of the car led to increased suburban development.  

12 Suburban lifestyles in many western nations fail to take account of environmental protection.  

13 Many governments in the developed world are trying to halt the spread of the suburbs.  


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