IELTS Reading Sample (General) #8

Reading Tip

Given time for skimming the text, reading the questions and transferring your answers, you have about one minute to answer each of the 40 questions. So it follows that if you are taking more than a minute or two to answer a question, then you are wasting time. Even if you get the answer right after five minutes of close reading, you are losing time and may lose more points rushing through the remaining questions at the end of the test. If you cannot answer a question, put a clear mark beside it and move on. If there is time at the end of the test, go back and try again. No matter what you do, in the last seconds of the test put an answer on the answer sheet even if it is just a guess - points are not deducted for a wrong answer.

Questions 1-6

Complete the summary below.


Write your answers in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

The study of (1) in very young children has changed considerably in the last 50 years. It has been established that children can speak independently at age (2) , and that this ability is innate. The child will, in fact, follow the speech patterns and linguistic behaviour of its carers and parents who act as (3) .

Babies actually benefit from “baby talk”, in which adults (4) both sounds and facial expressions. Babies' ability to (5) sound patterns rather than words comes earlier than was previously thought. It is very important that babies are included in (6) .

Questions 7-12

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

In boxes 7-12 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

7Children can learn their first language without being taught. 

8From the time of their birth, humans seem to have an ability to learn language. 

9According to experts in the 1950s and ‘60s, language learning is very similar to the training of animals. 

10Repetition in language learning is important, according to Dr Eliot. 

11Dr Golinkoff is concerned that “baby talk” is spoken too much by some parents. 

12The first word a child learns to recognise is usually “Mummy” or “Daddy”. 


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