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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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IELTS Reading Practice Test : MENTAL GYMNASTICS

IELTS Reading Practice Test : MENTAL GYMNASTICS

MENTAL GYMNASTICS     A. The working day has just started at the head office of Barclays Bank in London. Seventeen staff are helping themselves to a buffet breakfast as young psychologist Sebastian Bailey enters the room to begin the morning‘s training session. But this is no ordinary training session. He‘s not here to sharpen their finance or management skills. He‘s here to exercise their brains. B. Today‘s workout, organized by a company called the Mind Gym in London, entitled…

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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 14: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

IELTS Reading Practice Test 14: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT A    Why not eat insects? So asked British entomologist Vincent M. Holt in the title of his 1885 treatise on the benefits of what he named entomophagy – the consumption of insects (and similar creatures) as a food source. The prospect of eating dishes such as “wireworm sauce” and “slug soup” failed to garner favour amongst those in the stuffy, proper, Victorian social milieu of his time, however, and Holt’s visionary ideas were considered at best…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 13: The MAGIC of KEFIR

IELTS Reading Practice Test 13: The MAGIC of KEFIR

The MAGIC of KEFIR A    The shepherds of the North Caucasus region of Europe were only trying to transport milk the best way they knew how – in leather pouches strapped to the side of donkeys – when they made a significant discovery. A fermentation process would sometimes inadvertently occur en route, and when the pouches were opened up on arrival they would no longer contain milk but rather a pungent, effervescent, lowalcoholic substance instead. This unexpected development was…

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