IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #1

Questions 1-5

The first six paragraphs of Reading Passage 1 are lettered A-F.

Choose the most suitable headings for paragraphs A-F from the list of headings below.

NB There are more headings than paragraphs, so you will not use them all.

List of Headings
i  Why lights are needed
ii  Lighting discourages law breakers
iii  The environmental dangers
iv  People at risk from bright lights
v  Illuminating space
vi  A problem lights do not solve
vii  Seen from above
viii  More light than is necessary
ix  Approaching the city

Example) Paragraph A   ix


1) Paragraph B  

2) Paragraph C  

3) Paragraph D  

4) Paragraph E  

5) Paragraph F  

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IELTS Tip

For any questions where you need to write words from the passage, a hyphenated word (e.g. long-term) counts as ONE word.

Questions 6-9

Complete each of the following statements with words taken from the passage.

Write ONE or TWO WORDS for each answer.

6) According to a recent study, well-lit streets do not .................... or make neighbourhoods safer to live in.

7) Inefficient lighting increases .................... because most electricity is produced from coal, gas or oil.

8) Efficient lights .................... from going into areas where it is not needed.

9) In dealing with light pollution .................... is at least as important as passing new laws.

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Questions 10-13

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

In boxes 10-13 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement is true according to the passage
FALSE if the statement is false according to the passage
NOT GIVEN if the information is not given in the passage

10) One group of scientists find their observations are made more difficult by bright lights.  

11) It is expensive to reduce light pollution.  

12) Many countries are now making light pollution illegal.  

13) Old types of light often cause more pollution than more modern ones.  

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