IELTS Reading 7 - Passage 2


This type of task requires you to choose a heading which correctly summarises the whole paragraph. Often, it is possible to find one sentence in a paragraph which conveys the main idea - this is known as the topic sentence.

The topic sentence can frequently be found at the start of the paragraph, but can appear in the middle, or even at the end. Sometimes a paragraph may not have one single, clear topic sentence at all, and the main idea can only be understood by reading the paragraph in full.

Questions 16-22

The Reading Passage has eight paragraphs A-H.

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

Write your answers in boxes 16-22 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings
i Reading not taken for granted
ii Taking children to libraries
iii Reading: the mark of civilization
iv Reading in St Augustine's day
v A large pool of educated workers in India
vi Literacy rates in developed countries have declined because of people's attitude
vii Persuading people to read
viii Literacy influences the economies of countries in today's world
ix Reading benefits the economy by billions of pounds
x The attitude to reading amongst the young
xi Reading becomes an economic force
xii The writer's attitude to the decline in reading

ExampleParagraph H vii

16Paragraph A 

17Paragraph B 

18Paragraph C 

19Paragraph D 

20Paragraph E 

21Paragraph F 

22Paragraph G 

Questions 23-27

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

In boxes 23-27 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

ExampleAccording to legend, St Augustine was the first person to be seen reading silently. YES

23European countries have been satisfied with past achievements for too long and have allowed other countries to overtake them in certain areas. 

24Reading is an economic force. 

25The literacy rate in less developed nations is considerably higher than in all European countries. 

26If you encourage children to read when they are young the negative attitude to reading that grows in some subcultures will be eliminated. 

27People should be discouraged from reading comics and magazines.