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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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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 11: FAIR GAMES?

IELTS Reading Practice Test 11: FAIR GAMES?

FAIR GAMES?   For seventeen days every four years the world is briefly arrested by the captivating, dizzying spectacle of athleticism, ambition, pride and celebration on display at the Summer Olympic Games. After the last weary spectators and competitors have returned home, however, host cities are often left awash in high debts and costly infrastructure maintenance. The staggering expenses involved in a successful Olympic bid are often assumed to be easily mitigated by tourist revenues and an increase in local…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 10: Electroreception

IELTS Reading Practice Test 10: Electroreception

Electroreception A    Open your eyes in sea water and it is difficult to see much more than a murky, bleary green colour. Sounds, too, are garbled and difficult to comprehend. Without specialised equipment humans would be lost in these deep sea habitats, so how do fish make it seem so easy? Much of this is due to a biological phenomenon known as electroreception – the ability to perceive and act upon electrical stimuli as part of the overall senses….

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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 8: Environmental medicine

IELTS Reading Practice Test 8: Environmental medicine

Environmental medicine – also called conservation medicine, ecological medicine, or medical geology- A    In simple terms, environmental medicine deals with the interaction between human and animal health and the environment. It concerns the adverse reactions that people have on contact with or exposure to an environmental excitant . Ecological health is its primary concern, especially emerging infectious diseases and pathogens from insects, plants and vertebrate animals. B    Practitioners of environmental medicine work in teams involving many other specialists….

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 7: “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

IELTS Reading Practice Test 7: “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Law for the Wolves A wolf pack is an extremely well-organised family group with a well-defined social structure and a clear-cut code of conduct. Every wolf has a certain place and function within the pack and every member has to do its fair share of the work. The supreme leader is a very experienced wolf – the alpha…

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