IELTS Reading 4 - Passage 1

Reading Tip

You should adjust your reading speed throughout the exam. When you are looking for detailed information (e.g. the writer's opinion), you will need to slow down to make sure you find the exact answer. When you are asked for more general information (e.g. matching paragraph headings), you may be able to read faster. By practising, you will find the ideal balance between reading slowly enough to understand and fast enough to finish on time.

Questions 1-4

Reading Passage 1 has six sections, A-F.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-F in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

1details of the range of family types involved in an education programme  

2reasons why a child's early years are so important  

3reasons why an education programme failed  

4a description of the positive outcomes of an education programme  

Questions 5-10

Classify the following features as characterising

Write the correct letter A, B, C or D in boxes 5-10 on your answer sheet.

A the 'Headstart' programme
B the 'Missouri' programme
C both the 'Headstart' and the 'Missouri' programmes
D neither the `Headstart' nor the 'Missouri' programme

5was administered to a variety of poor and wealthy families  

6continued with follow-up assistance in elementary schools  

7did not succeed in its aim  

8supplied many forms of support and training to parents  

9received insufficient funding  

10was designed to improve pre-schoolers' educational development  

Questions 11-13

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

In boxes 11-13 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

11Most 'Missouri' programme three-year-olds scored highly in areas such as listening, speaking, reasoning and interacting with others. 

12'Missouri' programme children of young, uneducated, single parents scored less highly on the tests. 

13The richer families in the 'Missouri' programme had higher stress levels. 


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