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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: The dugong: sea cow

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 1: The dugong: sea cow

The dugong: sea cow Dugongs are herbivorous mammals that spend their entire lives in the sea. Their close relatives the manatees also venture into or live in fresh water. Together dugongs and manatees make up the order Sirenia or sea cows, sonamed because dugongs and manatees are thought to have given rise to the myth of the mermaids or sirens of the sea. A. The dugong, which is a large marine mammal which, together with the manatees, looks rather like…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: Mass Production

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3: Mass Production

Mass Production A. Despite its obvious connection, mass production was not a corollary to the modern Industrial Revolution. Various mass production techniques had been practiced in ancient times, from ceramic production in the Orient to manufacturing in ancient Greece. The British were most likely the first modern economy to adapt water-powered, then steam-powered, machinery to industrial production methods, most notably in the textiles industry. Yet it is generally agreed that modern mass production techniques came into widespread use through the…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3 : Language Strategy in Multinational Company

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3 : Language Strategy in Multinational Company

Language Strategy in Multinational Company A. The importance of language management in multinational companies has never been greater than today. Multinationals are becoming ever more conscious of the importance of global coordination as a source of competitive advantage and language remains the ultimate barrier to aspirations of international harmonization. Before attempting to consider language management strategies, companies will have to evaluate the magnitude of the language barrier confronting them and in doing so they will need to examine it in…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Smell and Memory

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : Smell and Memory

Smell and Memory Smells like yesterday Why does the scent of a fragrance or the mustiness of an old trunk trigger such powerful memories of childhood? New research has the answer, writes Alexandra Witze. A. You probably pay more attention to a newspaper with your eyes than with your nose. But lift the paper to your nostrils and inhale. The smell of newsprint might carry you back to your childhood, when your parents perused the paper on Sunday mornings. Or…

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IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3 : Memory Decoding

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 3 : 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 PASSAGE 2 : Water Filter

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : 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 PASSAGE 2 : Griffith and American films

IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST PASSAGE 2 : 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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