IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #2

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Questions 1-3

The list below gives some characteristics of addiction.

Which THREE of the following are mentioned as characteristics of addiction to television?

Aharmful physical effects

Bloss of control over time  

Cdestruction of relationships

Dreduced intellectual performance  

Ediscomfort when attempting to give up  

Fdishonesty about the extent of the addiction

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Questions 4-8

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 2?

In boxes 4-8 on your answer sheet, write

YESif the statement agrees with the writer's claims
NOif the statement contradicts the writer's claims
NOT GIVENif there is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

4 One purpose of the research is to help people to manage their lives better.  

5 Watching television has reduced the amount of time people spend sleeping.  

6 People's brains show less activity while watching television than when reading.  

7 There is a relationship between the length of time spent watching TV and economic status.  

8 Pleasure increases in proportion to the length of time spent watching TV.  

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Questions 9-13

Classify the following feelings or mental states as generally occurring:

A before watching television
B while watching television
C after watching television
D both while and after watching television

9 reduced anxiety and stress.  

10 increased fatigue.  

11 higher levels of concentration.  

12 less mental activity.  

13 worry about time wasted.  

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Questions 14-17

Complete the labels on the diagram.

Choose your answers from the box beside the diagram.

NB There are more words / phrase than spaces, so you will not use them all.

A relaxed
B accelerated
C increased
D lengthened
E reduced
F stopped momentarily
G widened
H regulated


14brain waves ........

15blood supply to the head ........

16heart rate ........

17body becomes more ........

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