IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #12

Reading Tip

  • Do not worry about unfamiliar vocabulary or topic, but do not relax if you are familiar with the subject of a passage: the answers should be in the passage itself.
  • Check if the passage have glossaries.
  • Read the instructions carefully. They may look similar to instructions from practice tasks, but there may be important differences. Check to see if an example is given.
  • Skip any questions you are not sure about, rather wasting too much time on a particular question. You can come back to those questions later.
  • Try to give an answer for all the questions. Multiple choice questions in particular are worth trying to answer, as you have a chance of guessing the correct one.

Questions 1-5

The Reading Passage has six paragraphs AF.

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

List of Phrases
i The Spy in the sky
ii The spread of technology
iii The limitations of cameras
iv The cost of cameras
v Robots solving serious crimes
vi Lack of conclusive evidence
vii Cars and cameras
viii Advantages and disadvantages
ix A natural progression
x A feeling of safety
Paragraph Aix

1Paragraph B 

2Paragraph C 

3Paragraph D 

4Paragraph E 

5Paragraph F 

Questions 6-8

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

6Britain has already got

7Professor Press

8The Microdrone is

Questions 9 and 10

Answer the questions below with words taken from the Reading Passage.

Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

9Give examples of 2 events where technology is used to watch crowds. 

10According to the passage, who do we not want to use the Microdrone? 

Questions 11-13

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

In boxes 11-13 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

11The British authorities use too much technology to monitor their citizens. 

12Microdrone is currently not used to check drivers. 

13Technology should not be used to check on people's private affairs. 


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