Answer for Complete IELTS 1 - Reading Practice Test 4

1. B 18. Black Friday
2. C 19. Thanksgiving
3. B 20. consumer
4. A 21. B, C (in either order)
5. A 22. B, C (in either order)
6. D 23. C, E (in either order)
7. C 24. C, E (in either order)
8. insects 25. A OR E IN EITHER ORDER
9. poison 26. A OR E IN EITHER ORDER
10. river valleys 27. A OR E IN EITHER ORDER
11. Africa 28. A OR E IN EITHER ORDER
12. predators 29. B OR D IN EITHER ORDER
13. tunnels 30. B OR D IN EITHER ORDER
14. chicks 31. A OR D IN EITHER ORDER
15. pesticides 32. A OR D IN EITHER ORDER
16. Vancouver 33. B OR E IN EITHER ORDER
17. fourth 34. B OR E IN EITHER ORDER

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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


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Questions 1-6

     1. What is the main idea of paragraph 1?

A       Sailors made jeans out of dungaree.

B       Sailors needed stronger clothing and found dungarees.

C       Sailors are the first people to wear jeans.

D       Sailors bought their jeans in India.
Answer: B   (Locate)

  1. Which or the following is NOT true?

A      There were many sailors in Genoa.

B     Sailors thought jeans were useful.

C     Sailors did not know how to clean the jeans.

D     Sailors made bleached jeans by accident.
Answer: C   (Locate)

  1. What was the difference between French and Italian jeans?

A     The color

B     The material

C     The style

D     The sturdiness
Answer: B   (Locate)

  1. What can be inferred about jeans in paragraph 1?

A      The jeans were intended for practical use.

B      The jeans got worn out easily.

C      Most Indeans were skillful tailors. 

D      Dungaree was the first jeans.
Answer: A   (Locate) 

  1. Why does the author say "parents didn’t like them" in paragraph 4?

A     To say that jeans fitted too close on the body

B     To say that too many stars were wearing jeans

C     To emphasize that jeans were too expensive

D     To demonstrate that teenagers sometimes ripped their jeans
Answer: A   (Locate)

  1.   What does Jeans were considered "the uniform of youth” in paragraph 5 means?

A      You can wear jeans in school.

B      All teenagers wear jeans.

C      Jeans are for young people only.

D      Young people must wear jeans to be fashionable.
Answer: D   (Locate)


Question 7

Why gold diggers loved jeans? 

A Jeans were thin.

B Jeans did not have to be washed.

C Jeans were easy to wear.

D Jeans were sold everywhere.
7. Answer: C

Questions 8-15

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

8     Bee-eaters’ prey are bees and other
Answer: insects   (Locate)

9     Bee-eaters need to remove the  from bees before eating them.
Answer: poison   (Locate)

10     There is plenty of food for bee-eaters on agricultural land and in
Answer: river valleys   (Locate)

11     Bee-eaters migrate to spend the winter in different parts of
Answer: Africa   (Locate)

12     Because of , almost one-third of bee-eaters do not survive migration.
Answer: predators   (Locate)

13     Bee-eaters make nests in , which they build themselves.
Answer: tunnels   (Locate)

14    When nesting, the  receive food from different family members.
Answer: chicks   (Locate)

15     One problem for bee-eaters is , which have reduced the amount of food available.
Answer: pesticides   (Locate)




Questions 16-20

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer. 

Buy Nothing Day

“Buy Nothing Day” started in the 1990s in 16 , Canada. It is held on the 17  Friday of every November. It is the biggest buying day of the year. Advertisers call this day 18 .

It is the day after the country’s 19 holiday. Buy Nothing Day is a simple idea that fights 20 culture by asking us to stop buying for a day. 

16. Answer: Vancouver   (Locate)

17. Answer: fourth   (Locate)

18. Answer: Black Friday   (Locate)

19. Answer: Thanksgiving   (Locate)

20. Answer: consumer   (Locate)



Questions 21-22

What TWO aspects of the whale’s journey surprised researchers?

A   the destination 

B   the direction      

C   the distance

D  the reason

E  the season
21. Answer: B, C (in either order)
22. Answer: B, C (in either order)

Questions 23-24

The passage mentions reasons why whales generally migrate.

What TWO reasons are given?

A  to avoid humans   

B  to be safe        

C  to eat

D  to keep warm

E  to produce young
23. Answer: C, E (in either order)   (Locate)
24. Answer: C, E (in either order)   (Locate)


Questions 25-26

What TWO methods did researchers use to record the identity of the whale near Brazil?

A They analysed part of the whale’s body.

B They marked its tail.

C They made notes of its behaviour.

D They recorded the sounds it made.

E They took a picture.
25. Answer: A OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
26. Answer: A OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)


Questions 27-28

The passage mentions places the whale may have passed close to on its journey.

Which TWO places may the whale have passed?

A Antarctica       

B Hawaii                       

C Maine

D New Zealand

E South Africa

27. Answer: A OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
28. Answer: A OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)

Questions 29-30

The passage says that more research is done in the Northern Hemisphere.

Which TWO reasons are given for this?

A It contains more whales.

B It has friendlier surroundings.

C There are more samples available.

D It is easier to reach.

E It contains smaller whales.

29. Answer: B OR D IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
30. Answer: B OR D IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)

Questions 31-32

The passage suggests why the whale made a different journey from usual.

Which TWO reasons does it suggest?

A She did not know where she was going.

B She did not want to breed.

C She wanted to escape a danger.

D She was looking for a new place to live.

E She was recovering from an illness.

31. Answer: A OR D IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
32. Answer: A OR D IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)

Questions 33-34

Which TWO methods of finding out where whales migrate are mentioned in the passage?

A attaching radio transmitters

B comparing pictures taken in different place

C following them in boats

D placing cameras in key positions

E following their movements from space.

33. Answer: B OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
34. Answer: B OR E IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)


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The history of jeans

The first people to wear jeans were sailors in the 16th century. Sailors were gone for a long time. They had to do hard work outside in bad weather. Often their clothes had holes in them, got thinner or lost color. They needed something strong against wear and tear . Their clothes had to last longer and stay in good condition . They found this type of cloth during their trip to India. It was made of thick cotton and was called dungaree . It was dyed indigo. Indians use the indigo plant to color this type of cloth in factories. Sailors bought dungaree cloth in outside markets, cut it and wore it on their trips home.

The first jeans were made in Genoa. Genoa is a city in Italy. In the 16th century, Genoa was very powerful. Its sailors traveled all around the world. The Genoa city decided to make better pants for their sailors. They used the dungaree cloth because it was sturdy and strong. The new pants were called 'geanos' or 'jeanos'. Sailors could use it in both wet and dry weather. They could roll up the pants when cleaning the ship. To clean the pants, they put them inside a net, threw it in the ocean and dragged the net behind the ship. This is when they realized their color changes to white. This is how bleached jeans were invented.

Later French workers in Nimes also made jeans. They used a different type of cloth called denim. But it was also sturdy and dyed blue, like the jeanos. In 1872, there was a small cloth merchant in Germany. His name was Levi Strauss. He bought and sold denim from France but Levi Strauss got into trouble and had to go away to America. In New York Levi learned how to sew. When he moved to San Francisco, he met many gold diggers. These men went to find gold in rivers. The weather was often bad and the men were only thin pants. Levi started to cut pants out of denim. He sold these jeans to the gold diggers, and they loved them. Soon all factory workers and farmers were wearing jeans too. They were comfortable and easy to take care of and cheap.

In 1950, popular movie and music stars like Elvis Presley and James Dean started wearing jeans. Those jeans were really tight and parents didn't like them. But they caught on with teenagers. Jeans became so popular because they meant freedom. Teenagers wanted to be independent and to make their own rules. In 1960 they started to decorate their jeans with flowers and colorful designs, or to tear and rip the jeans.

But in 1980 jeans became very expensive. Famous fashion designers like Calvin Klein began making designer jeans. They put their name on these jeans. Young people wanted to wear certain brands to show their style. There was a lot of pressure to keep up with the trend. Everybody wanted to be fashionable . Jeans were considered the uniform of youth . You had to wear jeans to be in style.


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The life of the European bee-eater

A brilliant movement of colour as it catches its food in the air, the European bee-eater moves between three continents.

True to their name, bee-eaters eat bees (though their diet includes just about any flying insect). When the bird catches a bee, it returns to its tree to get rid of the bees poison , which it does very efficiently. It hits the insect's head on one side of the branch, then rubs its body on the other. The rubbing makes its prey harmless.

European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) form families that breed in the spring and summer across an area that extends from Spain to Kazakhstan. Farmland and river valleys provide huge numbers of insects . Flocks of bee-eaters follow tractors as they work fields. When the birds come upon a beehive, they eat well - a researcher once found a hundred bees in the stomach of a bee-eater near a hive.

European bees pass the winter by sleeping in their hives, which cuts off the bee-eater's main source of food. So, in late summer, bee-eaters begin a long, dangerous journey. Massive flocks from Spain, France and northern Italy cross the Sahara desert to their wintering grounds in West Africa . Bee-eaters from Hungary and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe cross the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Desert to winter in southern Africa . 'It's an extremely risky stratagem, this migration,' says C. Hilary Fry, a British  ornithologist who has studied European bee-eaters for more than 45 years.

'At least 30 percent of the birds will be killed by predators before they make it back to Europe the following spring.'

In April, they return to Europe. Birds build nests by digging tunnels in riverbanks.  They work for up to 20 days.  By the end of the job, they've moved 15 to 26 pounds of soil - more than 80 times their weight.

The nesting season is a time when families help each other, and sons or uncles help feed their father's or brother's chicks as soon as they come out of their eggs. The helpers benefit, too: parents with helpers can provide more food for chicks to continue the family line.

It's a short, spectacular life. European bee-eaters live for five to six years. The difficulties of migration and avoiding predators along the way affect every bird. Bee-eaters today also find it harder to find food, as there are fewer insects around as a result of pesticides . Breeding sites are also disappearing, as rivers are turned into concrete-walled canals.


Buy Nothing Day

“Buy Nothing Day” began in the 1990s in Vancouver , Canada. It was the idea of a man named Kalle Lasn and his organization Adbusters. Before starting Adbusters, Lasn worked for many years in advertising. He helped companies research what influenced people to buy things. But Lasn began to question the ways advertisers influenced people to buy things. He also questioned the culture of buying. Was it good to make people feel like they should always want more and more? “Buy Nothing Day” criticizes this culture of consumerism.

Lasn recognizes that people need to consume things. They have to buys things to eat, live and even enjoy life. But Lasn believes that many companies encourage people to consume far more than is necessary. Advertising this way helps companies make money. But Lasn believes it hurts people and culture.

So Lasn decided to use advertising against companies. Adbusters tries to help people understand some of the false values and ideas behind advertising. The main value Adbusters fights is the idea, "You must consume more to be happy." And one way they do this is by encouraging people to celebrate “Buy Nothing Day!”

“Buy Nothing Day” is celebrated on the fourth Friday of every November. Adbusters chose this day for a very important reason. It is the biggest buying day of the year. Advertisers call this day Black Friday .

Black Friday is particularly famous in the United States. It is the day after the country’s Thanksgiving holiday. On Thanksgiving, people in the United States gather with family and friends to eat a meal and give thanks. In recent years, stores began to reduce their prices the day after Thanksgiving. They wanted to encourage people to start buying gifts for the Christmas holiday in December.

However, in recent years, Black Friday has become famous for something else: greed and violence. On Black Friday stores offer extremely reduced prices. But they only offer limited amounts of product. So, people come early in the morning - or even the night before - to stand in lines outside stores. Sometimes, people push or fight to be first into the store. Some people have even died in Black Friday riots!

“Buy Nothing Day” hopes to end the greed and violence of Black Friday. But its message is bigger than just Black Friday. “Buy Nothing Day” is for people in the United States and around the world. Many other countries also have growing problems with too much consumption. Sixty-two different countries, from Germany to Japan, already celebrate “Buy Nothing Day”. And the message is the same everywhere - buying too much hurts people, culture and the planet. 

Buy Nothing Day is a simple idea. It fights consumer culture by asking us to stop buying for a day. Anyone can do it if they spend a day without buying. For some people, “Buy Nothing Day” is a protest. For other people, it is a party. Some groups go to stores and encourage other people not to buy things. Other people gather together to make Christmas gifts - instead of buying them. And some people use the day to create works of art that protest against consumer messages. Often, people celebrate by enjoying the free gift of nature. They go for walks, or watch the sun set together. The only rule of “Buy Nothing Day” is not to buy anything!

Some people question if “Buy Nothing Day” can really change culture. It is only one day. And telling people not to do something often does not work! Other people say that consumers should not just buy less, but they should buy better. These people encourage consumers to buy things that are made in ways that do not hurt people or the environment.

But “Buy Nothing Day” does get people thinking about the negative effects of buying too much. A lot of people have had deep learning experiences when they tried celebrating “Buy Nothing Day”. It was like giving up an addiction to drugs.

Buying more and more things can be like an addiction. Often, the more people buy things, the more things they want. People are happier and more satisfied when they spend money on experiences instead of things. Satisfaction over purchases decreases over time. A new car does not stay new for very long. But a satisfying experience often becomes more positive over time as we remember it.


Humpback whale breaks migration record

A whale surprises researchers with her journey.  A lone humpback whale travelled more than 9,800 kilometres from breeding areas in Brazil to those in Madagascar, setting a record for the longest mammal migration ever documented.

Humpback whales ( Megaptera novaeangliae)  are known to have some of the longest migration distances of all mammals, and this huge journey is about 400 kilometres farther than the previous humpback record. The finding was made by Peter Stevick, a biologist at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The whale’s journey was unusual not only for its length, but also because it travelled across almost 90 degrees of longitude from west to east. Typically, humpbacks move in a north-south direction between cold feeding areas and warm breeding grounds - and the longest journeys which have been recorded until now have been between breeding and feeding sites.

The whale, a female, was first spotted off the coast of Brazil, where researchers photographed its tail fluke and took skin samples for chromosome testing to determine the animal's sex. Two years later, a tourist on a whale-watching boat snapped a photo of the humpback near Madagascar.

To match the two sightings, Stevick’s team used an extensive international catalogue of photographs of the undersides of tail flukes, which have distinctive markings. Researchers routinely compare the markings in each new photograph to those in the archive .

The scientists then estimated the animal’s shortest possible route: an arc skirting the southern tip of South Africa and heading north-east towards Madagascar. The minimum distance  is 9,800 kilometres, says Stevick, but this is likely to be an underestimate, because the whale probably took a detour to feed on krill in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica before reaching its destination.

Most humpback-whale researchers focus their efforts on the Northern Hemisphere because the Southern Ocean near the Antarctic is a hostile environment and it is hard to get to, explains Rochelle Constantine, who studies the ecology of humpback whales at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. But, for whales, oceans in the Southern Hemisphere are wider and easier to travel across , says Constantine. Scientists will probably observe more long-distance migrations in the Southern Hemisphere as satellite tracking becomes increasingly common , she adds.

Daniel Palacios, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, says that the record-breaking journey could indicate that migration patterns are shifting as populations begin to recover from near-extinction and the population increases. But the reasons why the whale did not follow the usual migration routes remain a mystery. She could have been exploring new habitats , or simply have lost her way . 'We generally think of humpback whales as very well studied, but then they surprise us with things like this,’ Palacios says. ‘Undoubtedly there are a lot of things we still don’t know about whale migration.’


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