IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #16

Reading Tip

Multiple choice questions often require detailed reading of paragraphs because the questions may be written to test your understanding of the main idea or supporting points. Also, the wrong options (called distractors) will come from the same part of the passage as the answer, and you need to eliminate these.

Questions 1-5

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

1Neuroeconomics is a field of study which seeks to

2According to the writer, iconoclasts are distinctive because

3According to the writer, the brain works efficiently because

4The writer says that perception is

5According to the writer, an iconoclastic thinker

Questions 6-11

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

In boxes 6-11 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

6Exposure to different events forces the brain to think differently. 

7Iconoclasts are unusually receptive to new experiences. 

8Most people are too shy to try different things. 

9If you think in an iconoclastic way, you can easily overcome fear. 

10When concern about embarrassment matters less, other fears become irrelevant. 

11Fear of public speaking is a psychological illness. 

Questions 12-14

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

A requires both perceptual and social intelligence skills.
B focuses on how groups decide on an action.
C works in many fields, both artistic and scientific.
D leaves one open to criticism and rejection.
E involves understanding how organisations manage people.

12Thinking like a successful iconoclast is demanding because it  

13The concept of the social brain is useful to iconoclasts because it  

14Iconoclasts are generally an asset because their way of thinking  


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