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IELTS Mock Test 2020 February

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Published on: 05 Mar 2020

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Reading Practice Test 1

Answer Keys:

  • 1 C
  • 2 D
  • 3 F
  • 4 E
  • 5 ADHD
  • 6 wrist monitors
  • 7 paying attention
  • 8 tough
  • 9 FALSE
  • 10 FALSE
  • 11 TRUE
  • 12 NOT GIVEN
  • 13 NOT GIVEN
  • 14 B
  • 15 G
  • 16 D
  • 17 E
  • 18 22 A,C,D,E,H
  • 23 C
  • 24 C
  • 25 A,B
  • 26 A,C
  • 27 A
  • 28 C
  • 29 C
  • 30 A
  • 31 diaries
  • 32 high tea
  • 33 an average of
  • 34 gender segregated
  • 35 playing football
  • 36 TRUE
  • 37 FALSE
  • 38 TRUE
  • 39 TRUE
  • 40 NOT GIVEN

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Review & Explanations:

Section 1: Questions 1-13

Questions 1-4

Questions 5-8

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the text for each gap.

Fallone is now studying the sleep patterns of children with 5

The researchers used 6 that show movement to check that children went to bed at the right time.

Students with less sleep had problems with memory, remembering new material, and 7

Fallone admitted that it was  8 for children to get enough sleep.

  • 5 Answer: ADHD
    • The keywords of Q5 are “Fallone”, “study”, “sleep patterns” and “children”.

    • At paragraph B, the sentence “Fallone now is studying that question …” is the signal for us to pay more attention to this part. 

    • What the phrase “that question” means may be a clue for us. And from the previous sentence “… raising the question of whether sleep deprivation could prove even worse for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD”, we can conclude that Fallone is now studying about bad impacts of sleep deprivation on people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

    • The last information of this paragraph which is “…sleep problems could hit children with ADHD as a double whammy” provides for us a very important clue that Fallone is also studying this problem on children with ADHD.

    • Hence, we must write down ADHD in this question.

  • 6 Answer: wrist monitors
    • The keywords of Q6 are “the researchers”, “show movement to check that children went to bed at the right time”. 

    • From these keywords, we can assume that the answer is a method for the researchers control the time children go to sleep.

    • The paragraph D is the one discussing about the research on children’s sleep, so we need to focus on this part.

    • This paragraph mainly talks about the number of hours that children must spend on sleeping a night during 3 weeks of the research. And in the final sentence “In addition to parents’ reports, the youngsters wore motion detecting wrist monitors to ensure compliance”, we can found that “the youngsters”, “to ensure compliance” are respectively compatible with the key words “children” and “check that children went to bed at the right time”, so we can infer that parents use wrist monitors to control their children’s sleeping time.

    • Therefore, the correct answer must be wrist monitors.

  • 7 Answer: paying attention
    • The keywords of Q7 are “students”, “less sleep”, “problems with memory, remembering new material”.

    • From these keywords, we can assume that the answer is a disadvantage of students not having enough sleep.

    • Thanks to the Q4, we can know that paragraph E is most possible part that contains the answer. Therefore, we need to pay more attention to this paragraph.

    • And at the last sentence of this part, we can see that they point out “Students who got eight hours of sleep or less a night were more forgetful, had the most trouble learning new lessons, and had the most problems paying attention …”

    • Because forgetful has the same meaning with problems with memory, and trouble learning new lessons is the synonym of remembering new material, the one we need to find out must be problems of paying attention.

    • Hence, the right answer for Q7 is paying attention.

  • 8 Answer: tough
    • The keywords of Q8 are “Fallone” and “children to get enough sleep”.

    • From these keywords, we can guess that the answer must be an opinion of Fallone about how to make children have enough sleep.

    • And at the very last sentence of passage G, a short quote of Fallone which is “It’s tough” may be the right answer. 

    • Because the previous sentences mainly talk about the difficulties of Fallone’s daughter to get enough sleep, we can conclude that tough is the most suitable opinion of Fallone about this problem.

    • So, the correct answer of Q8 is tough.

Questions 9-13

Section 1

Reading Passage 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1 -13, which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.

Sleepy Students Perform Worse

A.    Staying up an hour or two past bedtime makes it far harder for kids to learn, say scientists who deprived youngsters of sleep and tested whether their teachers could tell the difference. They could. If parents want their children to thrive academically, “Getting them to sleep on time is as important as getting them to school on time," said psychologist Gahan Fallone, who conducted the research at Brown Medical School.

B.    The study, unveiled Thursday at an American Medical Association (AMA) science writers meeting, was conducted on healthy children who had no evidence of sleep- or learning-related disorders. Difficulty paying attention was among the problems the sleepy youngsters faced - raising the question of whether sleep deprivation could prove even worse for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Fallone now is studying that question, and suspects that sleep problems “could hit children with ADHD as a double whammy”.

C.    Sleep experts have long warned that Americans of all ages do not get enough shuteye. Sleep is important for health, bringing a range of benefits that, as Shakespeare put it, “knits up the ravelled sleave of care”. Not getting enough is linked to a host of problems, from car crashes as drivers doze off to crippled memory and inhibited creativity. Exactly how much sleep correlates with school performance is hard to prove. So, Brown researchers set out to test whether teachers could detect problems with attention and learning when children stayed up late - even if the teachers had no idea how much sleep their students actually got.

D.    They recruited seventy-four 6- to 12-year-olds from Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts for the three-week study. For one week, the youngsters went to bed and woke up at their usual times. They already were fairly good sleepers, getting nine to 9.5 hours of sleep a night. Another week, they were assigned to spend no fewer than ten hours in bed a night. The other week, they were kept up later than usual: First -and second-graders were in bed no more than eight hours and the older children no more than 6.5 hours. In addition to parents’ reports, the youngsters wore motiondetecting wrist monitors to ensure compliance.

E.    Teachers were not told how much the children slept or which week they stayed up late, but rated the students on a variety of performance measures each week. The teachers reported significantly more academic problems during the week of sleep deprivation, the study, which will be published in the journal Sleep in December, concluded. Students who got eight hours of sleep or less a night were more forgetful, had the most trouble learning new lessons, and had the most problems paying attention, reported Fallone, now at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

F.    Sleep has long been a concern of educators. Potter-Burns Elementary School sends notes to parents reminding them to make sure students get enough sleep prior to the school’s yearly achievement testing. Another school considers it important enough to include in the school’s monthly newsletters. Definitely, there is an impact on students’ performance if they come to school tired. However, the findings may change physician practice, said Dr. Regina Benjamin, a family physician in Bayou La Batre, who reviewed the data at the Thursday’s AMA meeting. “I don't ask about sleep” when evaluating academically struggling students, she noted. “I’m going to start.”

G.    So how much sleep do kids need? Recommended amounts range from about ten to eleven hours a night for young elementary students to 8.5 hours for teens. Fallone insists that his own second-grader get ten hours a night, even when it meant dropping soccer - season that practice did not start until 7:30 — too late for her to fit in dinner and time to wind down before she needed to be snoozing. “It’s tough,” he acknowledged, but “parents must believe in the importance of sleep."

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