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IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #5

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Questions 1-4

The passage has 10 paragraphs AJ.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Answer the questions below by writing the correct letters, A-J, in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.

1) the features of human skin, on and below the surface

2) an experiment in which the writer can see what is happening

3) advice on how you can avoid damage to the skin

4) cruel research methods used in the past

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Questions 5 and 6

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

5) How does a lack of affectionate touching affect children?

A It makes them apathetic.
B They are more likely to become violent adults.
C They will be less aggressive when they grow up.
D We do not really know.

6) After the wetness experiments, the writer says that

A his skin is not normal.
B his skin was wet when it felt wet.
C he knew why it felt wet when it was dry.
D the experiments taught him nothing new.

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Questions 711

Complete each sentence with the correct ending AI from the box below.

Write the correct letter AI in boxes 711 on your answer sheet.

A  because it is both cold and painful.
В  because the outer layer of the skin can mend itself.
С  because it can be extremely thin.
D  because there is light pressure on the skin.
E  because we do not need the others to survive.
F  because there is a good blood supply to the skin.
G  because of a small amount of pain.
H  because there is a low temperature and pressure.
I  because it is hurting a lot.
J  because all humans are capable of experiencing it.

7) Touch is unique among the five senses

8) A substance may feel wet

9) Something may tickle

10) The skin may itch

11) A small cut heals up quickly  

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Questions 1214

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

In boxes 12-14 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

12) Even scientists have difficulty understanding how our sense of touch works. 

13) The skin is more sensitive to pressure than to temperature or pain. 

14) The human skin is always good at repairing itself. 

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