Answer for Complete IELTS 1 - Reading Practice Test 9

1. B 12. B
2. A 13. YES
3. A 14. NOT GIVEN
4. D 15. NOT GIVEN
5. C 16. YES
6. B 17. NO
7. D 18. YES
8. D 19. FALSE
9. A 20. NOT GIVEN
10. C 21. TRUE
11. A 22. 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

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Questions 1-7

1. What is the main idea of paragraph 1?

A     The word tsunami comes from the Japanese.

B     A fisherman discovered a tsunami by accident.

C     A fisherman was caught in a huge tsunami.

D     Tsunamis are not created by wind.
Answer: B

2. What is a Subduction zone?

A        An area under the ocean where earthquakes happen

B       An area under the ocean where tsunamis happen

C       An area in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean

D       The deepest area of a seafloor
Answer: A

3. In what order does a tsunami happen?

A         Plate collision, earthquake shock, water lifting, huge waves

B        Earthquake shock, plate collision, water lifting, huge waves

C        Plate collision, water lifting, earthquake shock, huge waves

D        Earthquake shock, water lifting, plate collision, huge waves
Answer: A

4. Why does the author use the word “train” in paragraph 3?

A To compare the speed of a tsunami wave with that of a train

B To emphasize the big distance between two tsunami waves

C To contrast the length of a tsunami wave with that of a train

D To define a term related to tsunami waves
Answer: D

5. Which of the following is NOT true?

A        Tsunamis have great energy when they reach shore.

B        Tsunamis get closer together when they reach shore.

C        Tsunamis are shallow waves when they reach shore.

D        Tsunamis lose some speed when they reach shore.
Answer: C

6. What does the sentence “There were millions of dollars worth in damage" in paragraph 5 mean?

A        The people hit by the tsunami paid $1 million.

B        It costs millions of dollars to rebuild the destroyed countries.

C        People donated millions of dollars to help clean the damage.

D        Banks must pay millions of dollars in insurance for the damage.
Answer: B

7. Why do scientists use tsunameters?

A        To sense when an earthquake happens

B        To send signals to a nearby computer

C        To generate a tsunami model

D        To warn people about possible tsunamis
Answer: D


Questions 8-12

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

8. Dolphins show their feelings with ________.

A pictures

B words

C waves

D sounds
Answer: D

9. Dolphins __________ in the school according to the passage.

A give information

B don’t tell other dolphins when they are afraid

C talk when they sleep

D say “ sorry” when a dolphin comes back
Answer: A

10. People can’t hear the dolphin’s sounds because ______________

A they are above the water

B they are under the water

C they are very high

D they are very low
Answer: C

11. Many people believe that dolphins can bring_______________.

A good luck

B health

C wealth

D danger
Answer: A

12. Which of the following is TRUE ?

A Dolphins study in the school.

B Dolphins travel in a group.

C Dolphins like to be away from their school.

D Dolphins sometimes kill people.
Answer: B

Questions 13-18

Do the following statements agree with the views of the writer in Reading Passage 3?


YES                  if the statement agrees with the views of the writer

NO                   if the statement contradicts the views of the writer

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

13 Water hyacinths grow very thick on some tropical lakes and rivers.
Answer: YES   (Locate)

14 Water hyacinths help make water clean.

15 Water hyacinths grow in parts of Asia and Africa.

16 Some kinds of fish like to eat water hyacinths.
Answer: YES   (Locate)

17 Water hyacinths can make petroleum.
Answer: NO   (Locate)

18 Water hyacinths are a tree crop.
Answer: YES   (Locate)


Questions 19-22

Do the following statements agree with the views of the writer in Reading Passage 4?


TRUE                  if the statement agrees with the views of the writer

FALSE                if the statement contradicts the views of the writer

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

19 The polar bear lives in the South Pole.
Answer: FALSE   (Locate)

20 There is no land in the South Pole.
Answer: NOT GIVEN   (Locate)

21 The polar bear can stand up on its back legs.
Answer: TRUE   (Locate)

22 The polar bear cannot swim.
Answer: FALSE   (Locate)



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How tsunamis are made

The word tsunami comes from the Japanese. It means “harbor" (tsu) and “wave” (nami). The first person to discover a tsunami was a fisherman. He returned to shore on his boat. When he reached the beach, he saw the harbor was gone. This caught him by surprise. The fisherman did not expect this to happen. He did not feel a strong wave out in the ocean. He realized that it was not wind that created waves in the ocean. It was something stronger and deeper.

Tsunamis form after an earthquake. Earthquakes happen in special zones. These are called Subduction zones. They lie deep on the ocean floor. Famous Subduction zones arc in the Indian Ocean and the South East Pacific Ocean. Here the ocean floor is divided into two plates. These two pieces of floor slide one over the other very gently. But sometimes they collide. They crash into each other. The shock causes an earthquake. The earth shakes and lifts the ocean water above. Huge waves are generated. The waves made by the earthquake form a tsunami.

A tsunami carries a lot of energy. It has created deep in the ocean. Thus its waves have far more power than normal waves. They carry a lot of speed. They travel faster and faster and get bigger and bigger. These waves travel across the ocean with 500 to 1,000 km/h. A set of waves is called a train. There is usually a big distance between these waves. Sometimes it can take an hour for a new tsunami wave to pass. But these waves are extremely long. A tsunami wave can have a length of several hundred kilometers. In the open ocean, a tsunami wave is only a few meters high. People on the open ocean do not feel it.

But things change when tsunami waves get close to shore. The sea becomes shallower. The water is not so deep anymore. The tsunami waves have no room to carry their energy and cannot travel as quickly. So they begin to pile up. They start to get on top of each other.  There is no more distance between the waves. The waves get steeper and taller until they reach huge heights. A typical tsunami wave on shore is 30 m high. All the energy is now inside this huge wave. When it crashes on land, it carries great power and destroys everything in its path.

The biggest tsunami in the history of the world happened on December 26, 2004. It hit South East Asia. 230,000 people were killed, 168,000 in Indonesia alone. There were millions of dollars worth in damage. Scientists have analyzed this tsunami. They are trying to figure out new methods to track down tsunamis. One way to discover a tsunami is to use a tsunameter. This device is put deep into the ocean near Subduction zones. It senses when an earthquake happens. Then it sends signals to a nearby computer. The computer generates a tsunami model. Scientists read the computer model and can send early warnings to people in danger. 


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The Dolphin

Can dolphins talk? Maybe they can’t talk with words, but they talk with sounds. They show their feelings with sounds. Dolphins travel in a group. We call a group of fish “school.” They don’t study, but they travel together. Dolphins are mammals, not fish, but they swim together in a school.

Dolphin talk to the other dolphins in the school. They give information. They tell when they are happy or sad or afraid. They say “Welcome” when a dolphin come back to the school. They talk when they play.

They make a few sounds above water. They make many more sounds under water. People cannot hear these sounds because the sounds are very, very high. Scientists make tapes of the sounds and study them. Sometimes people catch dolphins for a large aquarium. (An aquarium is a zoo for fish.)

People can watch the dolphins in a show. Dolphins don’t like to be away from their school in an aquarium. They are sad and lonely. There are many stories about dolphins. They help people. Sometimes they save somebody’s life. Dolphin meat is good, but people don’t like to kill them. They say that dolphins bring good luck. Many people believe this.


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The water hyacinth

The water hyacinth grows in tropical countries. It has beautiful purple-blue flowers, but everybody hates it. Why?

Millions and millions of these plants grow in rivers and lakes. Sometimes the plants become so thick that people can walk on them . People cannot travel in boats on the water, and they cannot fish in it. The plants stop the water from moving. Then the water carries diseases.
Farmers cannot use the water on their land.

Now scientists think that water hyacinths can be useful. The plants are really a tree crop . No one has to take care of them. They just grow and grow and grow. What can farmers use them for?

Some fish like to eat them . Farmers can grow these fish in the lakes and rivers. Workers can collect and cut the plants with machines. Then they can make fertilizer to make their crops grow better. They can also make feed for their farm animals. Maybe it will be possible to make methane gas for energy. (We burn gas from petroleum for energy. Methane gas comes from plants.)

Then poor tropical countries will not have to buy so much expensive petroleum. Maybe in the future people will love the water hyacinth instead of hating it.


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The polar bear

The polar bear is very big white bear. We call it the polar bear because it lives inside the Artic Circle near the North Pole. There are no polar bears at the South Pole .

The polar bear lives in the snow and ice. At the North Pole, there is only snow, ice, and water. There is not any land. People cannot see the polar bear in the snow very well because its coat is yellow-white. It has a very warm coat because the weather is cold north of the Artic Circle.

This bear is three meters long, and it weighs 450 kilos (Kilograms). It can stand up on its back legs because it has very wide feet . It can use its front legs like arms. The polar bear can swim very well . It can swim 120 kilometers out into the water. It catches fish and sea animals for food. It goes into the sea when it is afraid.

Some people want to kill the polar bear for its beautiful white coat. The governments of the United States and Russia say that no one can kill polar bears now. They do not want all of these beautiful animals to die.


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