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IELTS Academic Reading Practice 36

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This reading practice simulates one part of the IELTS Academic Reading test. You should spend about twenty minutes on it. Read the passage and answer questions 27-40.

Questions 27-29
Look at the following Statements (Questions 27-29) and A list of researchers below.

Match each statement with the correct researcher

Write the correct number A-C in boxes Questions 27-29 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.
A list of researchers
  1. Bessett & Masuku
  2. Bessett & Choi
  3. Bessett & Ara

27. People’s stances on certain issues can be affected by their geographic locations
28. The way people process visual information is affected by their culture of origin
29. People from eastern cultures tend to question conclusions that they don’t find logical
Questions 30-36
The reading passage has paragraphs labelled A-K.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-K in boxes 30-36 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

30 Qualitative research approaches are valuable in exploring thought processing.
31 In Eastern culture, support for arguments is based on context. Thus, ideas and conclusions are changeable and flexible.
32 When studying a variable like culture, it is critical that the researcher create a clear definition for what is—and what is not—considered culture.
33 All individuals have the same reaction to a certain point of view when presented with some very convincing evidence.
34 Eastern people challenge a deduction because they knew it is not true.
35 Researchers in the Soviet Union wanted to find out how living environment and nationality will control the way people think.
36 From the early experiments in the Soviet Union, we might conclude that the original premise— that culture can impact the way we think—was correct.
Questions 37-40
Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in 37-40 on your answer sheet.

Fischer thinks Bessett’s experiments provide valuable information because his research only provides , not results from controlled environment.

With , such as nature and animals, people from different countries of the world might have different pre-conceived ideas about these animals.

The research on culture’s effect on still goes on today, and while some criticisms exist of Bessett’s early studies, the projects still provide valuable insight.

In an increasingly globalised job economy, made about nationalities can be harmful to prospective employees.


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The Connection Between Culture and Thought A The population of the world today is 7 billion people, and is continuing to grow. Yet humans all around the world differ in many ways. Variations in humans can be affected by differences in geography, climate, politics, nationality, as well as many other factors. One important factor which strongl...
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IELTS Academic Reading Tips for Success
These are general tips that will appear on all reading questions.

Tips to improve your reading speed
To get a high score on the IELTS reading section, you need to have a fast reading speed. To have a fast reading speed, you need to improve your vocabulary and practice dissecting sentences. One strategy to dissect a sentence is to look for the subject and verb of the sentence. Finding the subject and verb will help you better understand the main idea of said sentence. Keep in mind, a common feature of a IELTS reading passage is to join strings of ideas to form long compound sentences. This produces large chunks that students have a hard time absorbing. Do not get overwhelmed by its length, just look for the subject and verb, the rest of the ideas will flow.

Keep in mind, having a slow reading speed makes skimming or scanning a reading passage more difficult. The process of quickly skimming through a reading passage for specific keywords or main ideas is a requirement for you to employ successful reading strategies to improve your IELTS reading score. In other words, skimming and scanning are critical skills to ensure you complete all questions in the allotted time frame.
IELTS Reading Strategies
Once you can read and comprehend a passage with a rate of, at least, 220 words per minute, you'll be ready to start implementing our strategies. All too often, students spend too much time reading the passages and not enough time answering the questions. Here is a step by step guide for tackling the reading section.

  1. Step 1: Read questions first

    One of the most common mistakes that candidates make when approaching the reading exam is reading every single word of the passages. Although you can practice for the exam by reading for pleasure, "reading blindly" (reading without any sense of what the questions will ask) will not do you any favors in the exam. Instead, it will hurt your chances for effectively managing your time and getting the best score.

    The main reason to read the questions first is because the type of question may determine what you read in the passage or how you read it. For example, some question types will call for the "skimming" technique, while others may call for the "scanning" technique.

    It is important to answer a set of questions that are of the same question type. You'll need to determine which question type you want to tackle first. A good strategy would be to start with the easier question type and move on to more difficult question types later. The Easiest question types are the ones where you spend less time reading. For example, the Matching Heading question type is an easier one because you only need to find the heading that best describes the main idea of a paragraph. An example of a difficult question type would be Identifying Information. For this question type, you'll need to read each paragraph to find out if each statement is TRUE, FALSE, or NOT GIVEN according to the passage.

    Here is a table that lists the difficulty levels for each question type. Use this table as a reference when choosing which question type you want to tackle first.

    Difficulty level Question Type
    Easy Match Headings
    Short answer
    Medium Matching Sentence Endings
    Matching Features
    Multiple choice
    Sentence Completion
    Diagram Label, Summary, Note, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
    Difficult Match Information
    Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
    Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)

  2. Step 2: Read for an objective

    After you've read the questions for the passage, you will be able to read for an objective. What does this mean? For example, if you come across a question that includes the year "1896", you can make a note of when this year comes up in the text, using it to answer the question later on. There are two reading techniques that will help you stay on track with reading for an objective. The first one, skimming, is best defined as reading fast in order to get the "gist", or general idea, or a passage. With this technique, you are not stopping for any unfamiliar words or looking for specific details. The second technique, scanning, is best defined as reading for specific information. With this technique, you are not reading for the overall gist, but rather, specific information. Notice how each of these techniques has a specific objective in mind. This will help you find information more quickly.

  3. Step 3: Take notes

    As you're reading for an objective, you should also be making notes on the margins of the passage, placing stars next to key information, or underlining things that you believe will help you answer the various questions. This will make it easier for you to check back when you are asked certain things in the questions. Choose whichever note-taking system is right for you - just make sure you do it!

  4. Step 4: Answer wisely

    After you've read the questions, read the passage, and have taken any appropriate notes, you you should have located the part of the text where you where you need to read carefully. Then just read carefully and think critically to determine the correct answer.

IELTS Reading Question Types
 
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