IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #5

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Questions 1-4

The passage has ten paragraphs A-J.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Answer the questions below by writing the correct letters, A-J, in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

1the features of human skin, on and below the surface 

2an experiment in which the writer can see what is happening 

3advice on how you can avoid damage to the skin 

4cruel research methods used in the past 

Questions 5 and 6

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

5How does a lack of affectionate touching affect children?

6After the 'wetness' experiments, the writer says that

Questions 7-11

Complete each sentence with the correct ending A-J from the box below.

Write the correct letter A-J in boxes 7-11 on your answer sheet.

A because it is both cold and painful.
B because the outer layer of the skin can mend itself.
C because it can be extremely thin.
D because there is light pressure on the skin.
E because we do not need the others to survive.
F because there is a good blood supply to the skin.
G because of a small amount of pain.
H because there is a low temperature and pressure.
I because it is hurting a lot.
J because all humans are capable of experiencing it.

7Touch is unique among the five senses 

8A substance may feel wet 

9Something may tickle 

10The skin may itch 

11A small cut heals up quickly 

Questions 12-14

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

In boxes 12-14 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

12Even scientists have difficulty understanding how our sense of touch works. 

13The skin is more sensitive to pressure than to temperature or pain. 

14The human skin is always good at repairing itself. 


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