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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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IELTS Reading Practice Test 6: WILLPOWER

IELTS Reading Practice Test 6: WILLPOWER

WILLPOWER A    Although willpower does not shape our decisions, it determines whether and how long we can follow through on them. It almost single-handedly determines life outcomes. Interestingly, research suggests the general population is indeed aware of how essential willpower is to their wellbeing; survey participants routinely identify a ‘lack of willpower’ as the major impediment to making beneficial life changes. There are, however, misunderstandings surrounding the nature of willpower and how we can acquire more of it. There…

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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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CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 READING – TEST 4 – ANSWERS

CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 READING – TEST 4 – ANSWERS

CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 – TEST 4 – PASSAGE 1 Questions 1 – 5, choose the correct heading for sections B – F 1.   Section B In paragraph B, the writer gives us an overview about lower secondary schools in Japan such  as  the  number  of  years  [lower  secondary  schools  in  Japan  cover  three  school years¼private sector],  the facilities [School  are usually modern in  design¼in  rows],  the time of lessons [a standardized 50 minutes], break time [a 10 – minute break],…

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CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 READING – TEST 3 – ANSWERS

CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 READING – TEST 3 – ANSWERS

CAMBRIDGE IELTS 8 – TEST 3 – PASSAGE 1 Questions 1 – 3 1.   The main topic discussed in the text is ANSWER: D A.   The damage caused to US golf courses and golf players by lightning strikes. The write only gives a little information about the effect of lightning on golfers [in paragraph 1] and no information about the damage caused to US golf courses => not the main topic. => FALSE B.   The effect of lightning on power…

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