IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #6

Reading Tip: Multiple-choice questions

  • Predict the likely location of the answer in the passage.
  • Answer the questions quickly and accurately. If you can't do a question quickly, leave it and come back to it later.
  • You have roughly one and a half minutes for each question.
  • The level, the texts and the tasks become progressively more difficult. Therefore, do the earlier questions as quickly as possible, to give yourself more time for the difficult questions.

Questions 1-5

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

Write your answres in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

1Which of the following is the Chinese government using to stimulate their citizens to grow?

2How much taller does the average patient grow after having the bone stretching operation?

3Generally, the Chinese are motivated to have the operation because of the possibility of:

4The main problem with the government’s strategies is that:

5The Chinese government adopted the new policy because it:

Reading Tip: Matching Items

For matching items, first locate all the people listed in the text. Read all the views they express and then find the statement which matches this. The ideas or statements in the questions will not be expressed in exactly the same words as in the text and they will not be in the same order as in the text. You may not need to use all of the people in the list.

Questions 6-13

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

Write the correct letter A-E in boxes 6-13 on your answer sheet.

Some people match more than one answer.

A Huange Xinye
B Dr Xia Hetao
C Chinese officials
D Zhang Mei
E Salesmen

6Having cosmetic surgery like the stretching operation can result in a more glamorous career. 

7The stretching operation helps people who feel prejudiced by their lack of height. 

8Being tall is a question of national pride. 

9Being tall does not necessarily result in success. 

10The public is easily influenced when it comes to increasing their height. 

11Until recently, being well above average height was more of a disadvantage than a desirable quality. 

12The traditional diet is the cause of their nations small stature. 

13Alternatives are available for people who do not have the means to pay for the stretching operation. 


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