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IELTS Reading - Passage 1

Questions 1-5

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on Reading Passage 1.

Reading Passage 1 has five paragraphs, A-E.

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

Write the correct number i-viii, in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings
i Avoiding an overcrowded centre
ii A successful exercise in people power
iii The benefits of working together in cities
iv Higher incomes need not mean more cars
v Economic arguments fail to persuade
vi The impact of telecommunications on population distribution
vii Increases in travelling time
viii Responding to arguments against public transport
1 Paragraph A  
2 Paragraph B  
3 Paragraph C  
4 Paragraph D  
5 Paragraph E  
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Questions 6-10

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

In boxes 6-10 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
  FALSEif the statement contradicts the information
  NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
6 The ISTP study examined public and private systems in every city of the world.  
7 Efficient cities can improve the quality of life for their inhabitants.  
8 An inner-city tram network is dangerous for car drivers.  
9 In Melbourne, people prefer to live in the outer suburbs.  
10 Cities with high levels of bicycle usage can be efficient even when public transport is only averagely good.  

Questions 11-13

Look at the following cities (Questions 11-13) and the list of descriptions below.

Match each city with the correct description, A-F.

Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 11-13 on your answer sheet.

11 Perth  
12 Auckland  
13 Portland  
List of Descriptions
A successfully uses a light rail transport system in hilly environment
B successful public transport system despite cold winters
C profitably moved from road to light rail transport system
D hilly and inappropriate for rail transport system
E heavily dependent on cars despite widespread poverty
F inefficient due to a limited public transport system


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