Answer for Complete IELTS 1 - Reading Practice Test 1

1. relaxed 13. nurse
2. money 14. Arabic
3. crime 15. donkey
4. time 16. Gold Medal
5. strangers 17. 12 years
6. 2008 18. TRUE
7. 143 19. FALSE
8. environment 20. NOT GIVEN
9. resources 21. NOT GIVEN
10. health 22. TRUE
11. citizens 23. NOT GIVEN
12. London University 24. FALSE

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Marking Scheme

Level Band Listening Score Reading Score
Expert 9 39-40 39-40
Very Good 8.5 37-38 37-38
Very Good 8 35-36 35-36
Good 7.5 32-34 33-34
Good 7 30-31 30-32
Competent 6.5 26-29 27-29
Competent 6 23-25 23-26
Modest 5.5 18-22 19-22
Modest 5 16-17 15-18
Limited 4.5 13-15 13-14
Limited 4 10-12 10-12
Extremely Limited 3.5 8-10 8-9
Extremely Limited 3 6-7 6-7


Test details


Questions 1-5

Choose ONE word from the passage for each answer.


Positive aspects

Negative aspects

% of help received

Rio de Janeiro

 friendly inhabitants

 more 1  lifestyle

Answer: relaxed   (Locate)

 People don’t have so much 2
Answer: money   (Locate)

 Has reputation for 3
Answer: crime   (Locate)


Amsterdam and New York

• richer

People ...

 have little 4
Answer: time   (Locate)

 don’t pay attention to 5
Answer: strangers   (Locate)

Amsterdam: 53% New York: 44%

Questions 6-11

Choose ONE WORD OR ONE NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

The Happy Planet Index

Year started: 6
Answer: 2008   (Locate)

Number of countries it lists: 7
Answer: 143   (Locate)

Measures each country's happiness according to:

■ its effect on the 8
Answer: environment   (Locate) (i.e. the quantity of the Earth's 9  that it uses); 
Answer: resources   (Locate)

■ the 10 of the population (i.e. how long people live);
Answer: health   (Locate)

■ how happy its 11  are.
Answer: citizens   (Locate) 

Questions 12-17

Write your answers in boxes 12-17 on your answer sheet.

Freya Stark

Born in Paris in 1893
First formal education at 12
Answer: London University   (Locate)
Worked as a 13  in Italy
Answer: nurse   (Locate)
Studied at School of Oriental Studies
 Travelled to the Lebanon, where she learned 14
Answer: Arabic   (Locate)
 Made a journey to the Syrian mountains on a 15
Answer: donkey   (Locate)
 In 1934, won a 16  for a book
Answer: Gold Medal   (Locate)
Spent a further 17  in the Middle East
Answer: 12 years   (Locate)


Questions 18-24

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1 ?


TRUE          if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE        if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

18 At the time of his voyage, Mau had unique navigational skills.
Answer: TRUE   (Locate)

19 Mau was familiar with the sea around Tahiti.
Answer: FALSE   (Locate)

20  Mau thought it would be difficult to use a compass and charts.

21  Mau’s grandfather was his only teacher.

22  Mau used stones to learn where each star was situated in the sky.
Answer: TRUE   (Locate)

23  The first inhabitants of Hawaii could read and write.

24  Mau expected his students to memorise the positions of the stars.
Answer: FALSE   (Locate)




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The world’s friendliest city

A team of social psychologists from California has spent six years studying the reactions of people in cities around the world to different situations. The results show that cities where people  have less money  generally have friendlier  populations . Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which is often  known for its crime , comes out top, and the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, comes third. 

But what makes one city friendlier than another? The psychologists from California State University say it has got more to do with environment than culture or nationality. 

They carried out a study into the way locals treated strangers in 23 cities around the world. The team conducted their research through a series of tests, where they dropped pens or pretended they were blind and needed help crossing the street. 

The study concludes that people are more helpful in cities with a more relaxed way of life  such as Rio. While they were there, researchers received help in 93 percent of cases, and the percentage in Lilong we was only a little lower. However, richer cities such as Amsterdam and New York are considered the least friendly. Inhabitants of Amsterdam helped the researchers in 53 percent of cases and in New York just 44 percent. The psychologists found that, in these cities, people tend to  be short of time , so they hurry and often  ignore strangers .


You can view the translation of this article in Vietnamese here at


The happiest country in the world

Children growing up in Costa Rica are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world. Preserving tropical rainforests isn’t Costa Rica’s only success, because the government also makes sure everyone has access to health-care and education. So when the New Economics Foundation released its second Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica came out number one. The index is a ranking of countries based on their impact on the environment and the health and happiness of their citizens.

According to Mariano Rojas, a Costa Rican economics professor, Costa Rica is a mid-income country where citizens have plenty of time for themselves and for their relationships with others. ‘A mid-income level allows most citizens to satisfy their basic needs. The government makes sure that all Costa Ricans have access to education, health and nutrition services.’ Costa Ricans, he believes, are not interested in status or spending money to show how successful they are. 

Created in 2008 , the Happy Planet Index examines happiness on a national level and ranks 143  countries according to three measurements: their  citizens ’ happiness, how long they live (which reflects their health ), and how much of the planet’s resources each country consumes. According to researcher Saamah Abdallah, the Index also measures the outcomes that are most important, and those are happy, healthy lives for everyone.


You can view the translation of this article in Vietnamese here at


Freya Stark, explorer and writer

Freya Stark travelled to many areas of the Middle East, often alone. Frey Stark was an explorer who lived during a time when exploreers were regarded as heroes.She travelled to distant areas of the Middle East, where few Europeans – especially women – had travelled before. She also travelled extensively in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Stark was born in Paris in 1893. Although she had no formal education as a child, she moved about with her artist parents and learned French, German and Italian.She entered London University in 1912, but at the start of World War I, she joined the nurse corps and was sent to Italy. After the war, she returned to London and attended the School of Oriental Studies.

Her studies there led to extensive travel in the Middle Studies, enabling her to eventually become fluent in Persian, Russian and Turkish. Stark became well known as a traveller and explorer in the Middle East. She travelled to the Lebanon in 1927 at the age of 33 when she had saved enough money, and while there, she studied Arabic .

In 1928, she travelled bu donkey to the Jebel Druze, a mountainous area in Syria. during another trip, she went to a distant region of the Elburnz, a mountain range in Iran, where she made a map. She was searching for information about an ancient Muslim sect known as the Assassions, which she wrote about in Valley of the Assassins (1934), a classic for which she was awarded a Gold Medal by Royal Geogrpahic Society.

For the next 12 years , she continued her career as a traveller and writer, establishing a style which combined an account of her journey with personal commentary on the people, places, customs, history and politics of the Midle East.


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Mau Piailug, ocean navigator

Mau sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti using traditional methods

In early 1976, Mau Piailug, a fisherman, led an expedition in which he sailed a traditional Polynesian boat across 2,500 miles of ocean from Hawaii to Tahiti. The Polynesiai Voyaging Society had organised the expedition. Its purpose was to find out if seafarers in the distant past could have found their way from one island to the other without navigational instruments, or whether the islands had been populated by accident. At the time, Mau was the only man alive who knew how to navigate just by observing the stars, the wind and the sea . He had never before sailed to Tahiti , which was a long way to the south. However, he understood how the wind and the sea behave around islands, so he was confident he could find his way. The voyage took him and his crew a month to complete and he did it without a compass or charts.

His grandfather began the task of teaching him how to navigate when he was still a baby. He showed him pools of water on the beach to teach him how the behaviour of the waves and wind changed in different places. Later, Mau used a circle of stones to memorise the positions of the stars. Each stone was laid out in the sand to represent a star.

The voyage proved that Hawaii’s first inhabitants came in small boats and navigated by reading the sea and the stars. Mau himself became a keen teacher, passing on his traditional secrets to people of other cultures so that his knowledge would not be lost. He explained the positions of the stars to his students, but he allowed them to write things down because he knew they would never be able to remember everything as he had done.

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