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IELTS Reading Practice Test 5: The Daylight Saving Time

IELTS Reading Practice Test 5: The Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time   Each year in many countries around the world, clocks are set forward in spring and then back again in autumn in an effort to ‘save’ daylight hours. Like many modern practices, Daylight Savings Time (DST) dates back to ancient civilisations. The Romans would adjust their routines to the sun’s schedule by using different scales in their water clocks for different months of the year. This practice fell out of favour, however, and the concept was renewed…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 4: The Discovery of Penicillin

IELTS Reading Practice Test 4: The Discovery of Penicillin

The Discovery of Penicillin   A The Scottish bacteriologist Dr Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) is credited with the discovery of penicillin in London in 1928. He had been working at St Mary’s Hospital on thebacteriology of septic wounds. As a medic during World War I, he had witnessed the deaths of many wounded soldiers from infection and he had observed that the use of harsh antiseptics, rather than healing the body, actually harmed the blood corpuscles that destroy bacteria. B In…

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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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IELTS Reading Practice Test 2: Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology

IELTS Reading Practice Test 2: Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology

Angelo Mosso’s Pioneering Work in the Study of Human Physiology A Scientists in the late nineteenth century were beginning to investigate the functions of blood circulation, trying to tease out the reasons for variations in pulse and pressure, and to understand the delivery of energy to the functioning parts of our bodies. Angelo Mosso (1846–1910) was one such pioneer, an Italian physiologist who progressed to become a professor of both pharmacology and physiology at the University of Turin. As was…

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IELTS Reading Practice Test 1: Sending money home

IELTS Reading Practice Test 1: Sending money home

Sending money home A    Every year millions of migrants travel vast distances using borrowed money for their airfares and taking little or no cash with them. They seek a decent job to support themselves with money left over that they can send home to their families in developing countries. These remittances exceeded $400 billion last year. It is true that the actual rate per person is only about $200 per month but it all adds up to about triple…

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