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IELTS Reading - Passage 1

Reading Tip: matching headings

You should read the headings before reading the text to focus your mind on the main ideas you need to look for.

Questions 1-9

Reading Passage 1 has nine paragraphs A–I.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

List of Phrases
i Island legends vii The social nature of reef occupations
ii Resources for exchange viii Resources for islanders’ own use
iii Competition for fishing rights ix High levels of expertise
iv The low cost of equipment x Alternative sources of employment
v Agatti’s favourable location xi Resources for earning money
vi Rising income levels xii Social rights and obligations

1) Paragraph A 

2) Paragraph B 

3) Paragraph C 

4) Paragraph D 

5) Paragraph E 

6) Paragraph F 

7) Paragraph G 

8) Paragraph H 

9) Paragraph I 

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Reading Tip: multiple-choice questions

1) Multiple-choice questions will commonly include four choices, which will be related to the information mentioned in the text. A process of elimination of the incorrect answers is useful in helping you to reduce the number of errors you make.

2) You should read the question carefully, and then consider the information given for each choice. The ideas in the choices may not be mentions at all, be irrelevant to the question, refer to someone or something else, or be the opposite in meaning to the text.

3) Through understanding and eliminating incorrect choices, you have a better chance of choosing the correct answer under time pressure. A 50/50 chance is good, eliminating all the incorrect answer is best.

Questions 10-13

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

10) What proportion of poor households get all their income from reef products?
A    12%
  B    20%
  C    29%
D    59%
11) Kat moodsal fishing
  A    is a seasonal activity.
B    is a commercial activity.
C    requires little investment.
  D    requires use of a rowing boat.
12) Which characteristic of present-day islanders do the writers describe?
  A    physical strength
B    fishing expertise
  C    courage
  D    imagination
13) What do the writers say about the system for using the reef on Agatti?
  A    Fish catches are shared equally.
B    The reef owner issues permits.
  C    There are frequent disputes.
D    There is open access.

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