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IELTS Reading Practice Test 15: Love stories

IELTS Reading Practice Test 15: Love stories

Love stories   “Love stories” are often associated – at least in the popular imagination – with fairy tales, adolescent day dreams, Disney movies and other frivolous pastimes. For psychologists developing taxonomies  of affection and attachment, however, this is an area of rigorous academic pursuit. Beginning in the early 1970s with the groundbreaking contributions of John Alan Lee, researchers have developed classifications that they believe better characterise our romantic predispositions. This involves examining not a single, universal, emotional expression (“love”),…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 12: Time Travel

IELTS Reading Practice Test 12: Time Travel

Time Travel   Time travel took a small step away from science fiction and toward science recently when physicists discovered that sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos – progeny of the sun’s radioactive debris – can exceed the speed of light. The unassuming particle – it is electrically neutral, small but with a “non-zero mass” and able to penetrate the human form undetected – is on its way to becoming a rock star of the scientific world. Researchers from the European…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 9: Television and Sport

IELTS Reading Practice Test 9: Television and Sport

Television and Sport when the medium becomes the stadium   A    The relationship between television and sports is not widely thought of as problematic. For many people, television is a simple medium through which sports can be played, replayed, slowed down, and of course conveniently transmitted live to homes across the planet. What is often overlooked, however, is how television networks have reshaped the very foundations of an industry that they claim only to document. Major television stations immediately…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 6: WILLPOWER

IELTS Reading Practice Test 6: WILLPOWER

WILLPOWER A    Although willpower does not shape our decisions, it determines whether and how long we can follow through on them. It almost single-handedly determines life outcomes. Interestingly, research suggests the general population is indeed aware of how essential willpower is to their wellbeing; survey participants routinely identify a ‘lack of willpower’ as the major impediment to making beneficial life changes. There are, however, misunderstandings surrounding the nature of willpower and how we can acquire more of it. There…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 3: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

IELTS Reading Practice Test 3: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Who Wrote Shakespeare?   William Shakespeare is the Western world’s most famous playwright – but did he really write the plays and poems that are attributed to him? There has been controversy over the authorship of the works of Shakespeare since the nineteenth  century. The initial impetus for this debate came from the fact that nineteenth century critics, poets  and readers were puzzled and displeased when they were presented with the few remaining scraps  of evidence about the life of “Shakspere”,…

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