Answer for Complete IELTS 1 - Reading Practice Test 6

1. YES 19. crop
2. NO 20. medicine
3. NOT GIVEN 21. bicycles
4. NOT GIVEN 22. electricity
5. NOT GIVEN 23. jobs
6. NOT GIVEN 24. 19th century
7. NOT GIVEN 25. 1.5 million
8. NOT GIVEN 26. Greenland
9. B 27. summer
10. A 28. 17 percent
11. D 29. helicopters
12. D 30. 800
13. D 31. D
14. A 32. B
17. woody 35. C
18. 1500

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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 1-8

Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in the reading passage?


YES                 if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer

NO                  if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer

NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

1  Hearing-impaired people cannot hear sounds well.
Answer: YES   (Locate)
2  A person who interprets for hearing-impaired people cannot hear.
Answer: NO   (Locate)
3  There are more signs for words than for letters.
4  Japanese people use ASL.
Answer: NOT GIVEN   (Locate)
5  Finger spelling has signs for numbers.
Answer: NOT GIVEN   (Locate)
6  Africans cannot learn ASL because they don't speak English.
7  Only the hands move in ASL.
8  It is difficult for children to learn ASL.

Questions 9-14

Choose the correct letter A, B, C or D

9. What is the topic word of the first passage?

A     Throw away

B     Garbage

C     Plastic

D     Environment
Answer: B   (Locate)

10. What is the main idea of the second passage?

A        People must deal with garbage better.

B        People should reuse things.

C        People should recycle more.

D       People should reduce their waste.
Answer: A   (Locate)

11. Why does the author say that garbage is a big problem?

A        Because people buy too many things.

B        Because people throw away everything they buy.

C        Because not all cities have landfill sites. 

D        Because landfill sites get fewer and fewer.
Answer: D   (Locate)

12. What do people throw away?

A        Paper and wood

B        Plastic, glass and metal

C        Food scraps

D        All of the above
Answer: D   (Locate)

13. Why does the author mention Germany at the end of the reading passage?

A        To suggest that recycling is the best solution to the garbage problem

B        To offer additional advice about how to handle waste

C        To criticize countries that do not have a recycling program

D        To demonstrate that recycling works
Answer: D   (Locate)

14. Why should people not throw away Styrofoam cups?

A        Because they are toxic to the environment.

B       Because they can reuse them again at home.

C        Because they can buy take-out coffee in them.

D        Because they can fill them again with fresh coffee.
Answer: A   (Locate)


Questions 15-16 

What advice does the author give about reusing waste?

Choose TWO letters, A-D.

A  We should drink take-out coffee.

B  We should use our own bags, cups and plates.

C  We should throw away food in the compost bin.

D We should clean glasses ourselves and recycle them.
15. Answer: B OR C IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)
16. Answer: B OR C IN EITHER ORDER   (Locate)

Questions 17-23 

Read the reading passage and fill in the blank below using ONLY ONE WORD OR A NUMBER.

17. Bamboo is a common plant.
Answer: woody   (Locate)

18. There are different kinds of bamboo.
Answer: 1500   (Locate)

19. Some people call bamboo ‘the  of the future.’ .
Answer: crop   (Locate)

20. In China and India, doctors use bamboo in traditional .
Answer: medicine   (Locate)

21. In Ghana, people even make from bamboo.
Answer: bicycles   (Locate)

22. In the Philippines, people make  from bamboo!.
Answer: electricity   (Locate)

23. In Nicaragua, bamboo is providing plant.
Answer: jobs   (Locate)


Questions 24-30

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

Polar tourism - the figures

Tourism in the Arctic began in the 24 and visitor numbers have risen since that time.
Answer: 19th century   (Locate)

These days, over 25  people travel there, mostly by ship.
Answer: 1.5 million   (Locate)

The country with the greatest increase in visitors is 26 .
Answer: Greenland   (Locate)

Tourism has expanded in the Arctic because the 27  lasts longer than it used to.
Answer: summer   (Locate)

Travel to the Antarctic has fallen by 28  over the past year.
Answer: 17 percent   (Locate)

However, many more people are using small planes and 29  to land on the ice.
Answer: helicopters   (Locate)

Aircraft are also taking visitors to huge ships that hold as many as 30  tourists.
Answer: 800   (Locate)


Questions 31-35 

Look at the following statements and the list of people below.

Match each statement with the correct person, A-D.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

31    Some tourists believe they should not delay their trip to the poles.
Answer: D   (Locate)

32   There are some dangers to travelling in Antarctica.
Answer: B   (Locate)

33   Some famous people have travelled to polar regions to look at the impacts of global warming.
Answer: C   (Locate)

34   Some tourists make more than one trip to the poles.
Answer: A   (Locate)

35   There is no evidence that visitors are hurrying to the poles.
Answer: C   (Locate)

List of People

A Louisa Richardson

B Rod Downie

C Frigg Jorgensen

D Prisca Campbell



Legend:       Academic word (?)            New word


How Do Many Hearing-impaired People Talk?

Hearing-impaired people cannot hear sounds well . How do they “hear” words?

Many hearing-impaired people use sign language. They talk with their hands. Two hearing-impaired people can talk to each other. They both use sign language. Sometimes a person who can hear and interprets for hearing-impaired people . The person listens to someone talking, and then he or she makes hand signs. There are two kinds of hand sign. Some signs are for whole words. For example, there is one hand sign for the word love. There are hand signs for different actions, things, and ideas. Some of the signs are very easy, for example, the sign for eat, milk, and house. You can see what they mean. Others are more difficult, for example, the sign for star, egg, and week.

The second kind of hand sign is fingerspelling. In fingerspelling, there is a sign for every letter in the alphabet . For example, to fingerspell the word love, a person makes four different signs. It is much slower to fingerspell, but is useful for signing names and technical words. People can use both kinds of hand signs together.

Each country has its own sign language . For example, American Sign Language (ASL) is very different from British Sign Language. Using sign language is almost like a dance. The whole body talks. Sign languages are beautiful.


You can practice the dictation of this article here .


The garbage problem 

Garbage is a big problem all over the world. People buy and use a lot of things nowadays. After a while, they throw them away in the garbage bin. All the garbage is later thrown away or dumped outside the city. These places are called landfill sites. In many cities, landfill sites are now full .

About one-third of all the garbage is made of paper . Another third of the garbage is a mix of glass, metal, plastic, and wood . The final third comes from food scraps . These are remains of food that are not eating any more. Food scraps are not a big garbage problem for the environment. Our natural world can get rid of food scraps . Insects and bacteria eat the food scraps and make them go away.

But this does not happen with other materials. Plastic is very toxic to the environment . It poisons the earth and the water. We use plastic for many things, such as combs or pens. Also, when we buy something from the supermarket, we get a plastic bag. As soon as we get home, we throw the bag away. Plastic is also used to make Styrofoam . All take-out coffee cups and fast-food boxes are made of Styrofoam . When we buy coffee and drink it on the street, we throw that cup away too.

Other garbage we throw away is metal. The cans for soft drinks or beer are made of aluminum. Aluminum is toxic too. The paper and wood we throw away are not toxic. But we have to cut down many trees every year to make paper and wood. Our environment suffers when there are no forests around. The air is less fresh, and the earth dries up. With no water in the earth, plants cannot grow.

Solutions to the garbage problem

We have to manage our waste and garbage better. If we throw away so many things, soon we will have no place to dump them.

The best thing to do is to reduce the amount of garbage. If we use less, we throw away less. For instance, we can buy food in big boxes and packages. Then we throw away only one box i every month or so. Otherwise, we throw away many small boxes or cans every day.

Similarly, we can reuse a lot of packaging. For example, we do not have to buy take-out coffee in Styrofoam cups. We can bring our own cup from home and fill it with fresh coffee. We also do not have to take the plastic bags from the supermarket. We can bring our own cloth bag from home instead. When we pack lunch, it is better to use a lunch box than a paper bag. Instead of paper plates, we can use real plates . We can clean up with a dishtowel, not a paper towel. We can use a compost bin for food scraps. In this way, the food gets back into the earth. It does not get mixed up with the regular garbage.

Finally, all paper, glass and metal we do use, we can recycle. In many countries, there are now recycling programs. In Germany, for example, people separate all glass bottles by color . Then they put the bottles into special bins that are on the street. The city collects the glass, cleans it, and reuses it. As well, in most countries, people recycle newspapers and cardboard. It is easy and efficient.


You can practice the dictation of this article here .


Bamboo is a common woody plant. It grows tall and thin. It looks almost like a tree! It grows about twenty five metres tall. It is about fifteen centimetres wide. Bamboo looks like it is made of many small pieces. Thick lines divide it into small segments. And the inside of bamboo is empty. But it is hard and very strong.

Many people think bamboo is a tree. But it is not - it is a kind of grass. It grows mainly in East and South East Asia. It also grows in Latin America, India and parts of Africa and Australia. Bamboo grows extremely fast and spreads very quickly. There are 1500 different kinds of bamboo. People all over the world use it. And people are planting more of it. Some people call bamboo ‘the crop of the future.’ They have many good reasons to plant bamboo.

There are over 1,000 uses for bamboo! People in the past used bamboo for many things. They made musical instruments and weapons with bamboo. Artists used it for paintbrushes and paper. Fishermen used it to make equipment for catching fish. Some people even made boats from bamboo!

In China and India, doctors use bamboo in traditional medicine . Bamboo is also very useful for cooking. People put food inside the empty bamboo plant. This is a good container for cooking soup, rice or tea. But people also eat bamboo as a healthy food. People eat the soft part, or shoot, of the bamboo in many ways. Most Asian countries have special foods made from bamboo shoots.

Bamboo has been used in traditional buildings. But builders also use it today! The village of Noh Bo is just one example.

There are many modern uses for bamboo. In 1879 Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. He made it with treated bamboo!

People also use bamboo to make cloth. Beauty products sometimes contain bamboo. It is even in some water filters, to clean water! People have even designed vehicles and airplanes out of bamboo. In Ghana, people even make two wheeled bicycles from bamboo. In the Philippines, people make electricity from bamboo! Buildings, bicycles, light bulbs and even electricity: bamboo is an amazing plant.

These are just a few of the many ways people use bamboo. But bamboo is useful for a much more important reason. It is useful while it grows! Growing bamboo helps the environment in many ways. Bamboo provides oxygen, which improves air quality. It also reduces harmful carbon dioxide in the air. It does this more quickly than trees. Bamboo also provides shade and shelter from the sun.

In many places, hardwood trees are cut down for fuel or for building. This causes problems for the earth, animals, plants and air. To keep a good environment, people must replace the trees. But it takes a very long time for most trees to reach their full size. Many hardwood trees take 50 years to grow!

Bamboo is ready to use in only three years. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. It can grow about 60 centimeters in only one day. The bamboo plant grows to its full size in just three or four months. Some kinds of bamboo then become dry and hard. In three years, it is strong enough to harvest and use. And bamboo grows again when it is cut down. People can harvest it year after year.

Some people are sure that bamboo is ‘the crop of the future’. For example, Nicaragua has many hardwood forests. But people are cutting down three percent of the forests every year. One organization, Eco-planet Bamboo, is trying to replace these trees with bamboo.

Eco-Planet Bamboo planted a large bamboo farm. Through this farm, Eco-Planet Bamboo hopes to improve the environment. They also hope to improve life for local people. Bamboo is helping to reduce poverty in Nicaragua. 

In Nicaragua, bamboo is providing jobs . Around the world, it is improving the environment and the economy. It is easy to see why people call bamboo the ‘crop of the future.’


You can practice the dictation of this article here .


Here today, gone tomorrow

The Arctic and Antarctica are now within reach of the modern tourist, with many going to see these icy wildernesses before it's too late. Christian Amodeo reports on the growth of polar tourism.

Travel at the North and South Poles has become an expensive leisure activity, suitable for tourists of all ages. The poles may be inhospitable places, but they are seeing increasing numbers of visitors.

Annual figures for the Arctic, where tourism has existed since the 19th century , have increased from about a million in the early 1990s to more than 1.5 million today. This is partly because of the lengthening summer season brought about by climate change.

Most visitors arrive by ship. In 2007, 370,000 cruise passengers visited Norway, twice the number that arrived in 2000. Iceland, a country where tourism is the second-largest industry, has enjoyed an annual growth rate of nine percent since 1990. Meanwhile, Alaska received some 1,029,800 passengers, a rise of 7.3 percent from 2006. Greenland has seen the most rapid growth in marine tourism, with a sharp increase in cruise-ship arrivals of 250 percent since 2004.

The global economic downturn may have affected the annual 20.6 percent rate of increase in visitors to the Antarctic - last season saw a drop of 17 percent to 38,200 - but there has been a 760 percent rise in land-based tourism there since 1997. More people than ever are landing at fragile sites, with light aircraft, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles increasingly used for greater access, while in the past two seasons, ‘fly-sail’ operations have begun. These deliver tourists by air to ships, so far more groups can enjoy a cruise in a season; large cruise ships capable of carrying up to 800 passengers are not uncommon.

In addition, it seems that a high number of visitors return to the poles. ‘ Looking at six years’ worth of data, of the people who have been to the polar regions, roughly 25 percent go for a second time ,’ says Louisa Richardson, a senior marketing executive at tour operator Exodus.

In the same period that tourism has exploded, the ‘health’ of the poles has ‘deteriorated’.  ‘The biggest changes taking place in the Antarctic are related to climate change,’ says Rod Downie, Environmental Manager with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Large numbers of visitors increase these problems.

Although polar tourism is widely accepted, there have been few regulations up until recently. At the meeting of the Antarctic Treaty in Baltimore, the 28 member nations adopted proposals for limits to tourist numbers. These included safety codes for tourist vessels in Antarctic waters, and improved environmental protection for the continent. They agreed to prevent ships with more than 500 passengers from landing in Antarctica, as well as limit the number of passengers going ashore to a maximum of 100 at any one time, with a minimum of one guide for every 20 tourists. ‘ Tourism in Antarctica is not without its risks ,’ says Downie. After all, Antarctica doesn’t have a coastguard rescue service.’

So far, no surveys confirm that people are going quickly to see polar regions before they change ,’ says Frigg Jorgensen, General Secretary of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). ‘However, Hillary Clinton and many other big names have been to Svalbard in the northernmost part of Norway to see the effects of climate change . The associated media coverage could influence others to do the same.’

These days, rarely a week passes without a negative headline in the newspapers. The suffering polar bear has become a symbol of a warming world, its plight a warning that the clock is ticking. It would seem that this ticking clock is a small but growing factor for some tourists. ‘ There’s an element of “do it now” ,’ acknowledges Prisca Campbell, Marketing director of Quark Expeditions, which takes 7,000 People to the poles annually. Leaving the trip until later, it seems, may mean leaving it too late.

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