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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Memory Decoding

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Memory Decoding

Memory Decoding A. Try this memory test: Study each face and compose a vivid image for the person‘s first and last name. Rose Leo, for example, could be a rosebud and a lion. Fill in the blanks on the next page. The Examinations School at Oxford University is an austere building of oak-paneled rooms, large othic windows, and looming portraits of eminent dukes and earls. It is where generations of Oxford students have tested their memory on final exams, and…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Water Filter

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Water Filter

Water Filter A. An ingenious invention is set to bring clean water to the third world, and while the science may be cutting edge, the materials are extremely down to earth. A handful of clay, yesterday‘s coffee grounds and some cow manure are the ingredients that could bring clean, safe drinking water to much of the third world. B. The simple new technology, developed by ANU materials scientist Mr. Tony Flynn, allows water filters to be made from commonly available…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Griffith and American films

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Griffith and American films

Griffith and American films Movies are key cultural artifacts that offer a window into American cultural and social history. A mixture of art, business, and popular entertainment, the movies provide a host of insights into Americans‘ shifting ideals, fantasies, and preoccupations. A. Many films of the early silent era dealt with gender relations. Before 1905, as Kathy Peiss has argued, movie screens were filled with salacious sexual imagery and risque humor, drawn from burlesque halls and vaudeville theaters. Early films…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Coral reefs

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Coral reefs

Coral reefs     Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of tiny living animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. A. Coral reefs are estimated to cover 284,300 km2 just under 0.1% of the oceans‘ surface area, about half the area of France. The Indo-Pacific region accounts for 91.9% of…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : The Adolescents

IELTS Reading Practice Test : The Adolescents

The Adolescents A. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes three stages of adolescence. These are early, middle and late adolescence, and each has its own developmental tasks. Teenagers move through these tasks at their own speed depending on their physical development and hormone levels. Although these stages are common to all teenagers, each child will go through them in his or her own highly individual ways. B. During the early years young people make the first attempts to leave the…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Spider Silk

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Spider Silk

Spider Silk  A strong, light bio-material made by genes from spiders could transform construction and industry.   A. Scientists have succeeded in copying the silk-producing genes of the Golden Orb Weaver spider and are using them to create a synthetic material which they believe is the model for a new generation of advanced bio-materials. The new material, biosilk, which has been spun for the first time by researchers at DuPont, has an enormous range of potential uses in construction and…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Keep a watchful eye on the bridges

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Keep a watchful eye on the bridges

 Keep a watchful eye on the bridges   A. Most road and rail bridges are only inspected visually, if at all. Every few months, engineers have to clamber over the structure in an attempt to find problems before the bridge shows obvious signs of damage. Technologies developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and Texas A&M University may replace these surveys with microwave sensors that constantly monitor the condition of bridges. B. ” The device uses microwaves to measure…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Museum Blockbuster

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Museum Blockbuster

Museum Blockbuster     A. Since the 1980s, the term “blockbuster” has become the fashionable word for special spectacular museum, art gallery or science center exhibitions. These exhibitions have the ability to attract large crowds and often large corporate sponsors. Here is one of some existing definitions of blockbuster: Put by Elsen (1984), a blockbuster is a “… large scale loan exhibition that people who normally don‘t go to museums will stand in line for hours to see …” James…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : World Ecotourism in the developing countries

IELTS Reading Practice Test : World Ecotourism in the developing countries

World Ecotourism in the developing countries A. The Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “a responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”. It is recognized as being particularly conducive to enriching and enhancing the standing of tourism, on the basis that this form of tourism respects the natural heritage and local populations and are in keeping with the carrying capacity of the sites. Cuba B. Cuba is undoubtedly an obvious site for…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test : Food of thought

IELTS Reading Practice Test : Food of thought

Food of thought     A.  THERE are not enough classrooms at the Msekeni primary school, so half the lessons take place in the shade of yellow-blossomed acacia trees. Given this shortage, it might seem odd that one of the school‘s purpose-built classrooms has been emptied of pupils and turned into a storeroom for sacks of grain. But it makes sense. Food matters more than shelter. B.  Msekeni is in one of the poorer parts of Malawi, a landlocked southern…

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