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IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #7

Test Tip

In the Reading for IELTS exam, to decide whether information is NOT GIVEN, read the statement first and then scan the text to find the topic you are looking for. You should not always expect to find the words or phrases used in the statement; instead look for synonyms. If you can find no information at all, then the answer is probably ‘NOT GIVEN’. If there is information, then you need to work out if it actually expresses the writer’s opinion.

Questions 1-5

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1.

In boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet, write

YES if the statement agrees with the information.
NOif the statement contradicts the information.
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

1) After NAFTA, a lot of corn from the USA has been sold in Mexico.  

2) Following NAFTA, Mexican business people tried to stop maize farmers from working in factories throughout the country.  

3) The Mexican farmers were paid a lot less for their corn after NAFTA.  

4) Many Mexican farmers wanted to leave Mexico after the Free Trade Agreement.  

5) The Mexican farmers were not able to do anything to help themselves after the Trade Agreement.  



Questions 6-10

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 6-10 on your answer sheet.

For thousands of years, corn has been a very important 6 ............. in the Mexican culture. After the North American Free Trade Agreement, 7 ............. corn has been imported from the USA in very large amounts. Mexican business people hoped that this would mean that Mexican farmers had to get jobs in factories and that their 8 ............. would increase. Instead of this result, the farmers suffered from the low price of corn and people had to pay more for their corn. The farmers wish that the government had 9 ............. them during this time. As a result of the hardship, the farmers have organised themselves by forming a 10 ..............


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