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IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) #17

Reading Tip

Another task you might meet in the IELTS Reading module involves classifying names or objects or events, etc. Classifying means putting things into classes, or groups. Doing classification tasks is similar in some ways to doing T/F/NG tasks. Both involve matching words in the question with words in the text, so you need to scan the text to find the right place before you can consider what to do next. Sometimes the classes are different periods of time and you have to identify the period when certain events took place.

Questions 1-7

Match each statement with the correct person A-D.

A Thomas Savery
B Thomas Newcomen
C James Watt
D Charles A. Parsons

Write the correct letter A, B, C or D in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.

1) His invention was the first to use moving parts.  

2) His invention allowed steam power to be converted into electric power.  

3) His invention was the single biggest step in development.  

4) His invention was a simple solution to an industrial problem.  

5) His invention was the first continuous power source.  

6) His invention first used a method people still use now.  

7) His invention allowed a much greater degree of control.  

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Questions 8-12

Complete the flow chart below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.

The Miner's Friend used condensed steam to (8) ...................., which sucked water from mines.
Design improved: Newcomen (9) .................... using a piston and cylinder instead of an open boiler.
1769: separating heating and cooling processes meant no (10) .................... between power strokes.
Further development: became easier to (11) .................... through the use of the flywheel.
Nineteenth century: steam power (12) .................... for use in various means of transport.
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