(Answers from last time: I 1. In poor countries it is difficult to provide enough food to feed even the present number of people; 2. In China couples are punished financially if they have more than one child; 3. Further large increases in population only cause more overcrowding, unemployment and crime; II 1c, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6d, 7b, 8a.)

Dear student,

As promised, today we shall discuss the Reading portion of the exam in greater detail. As I mentioned in the previous article, you can opt for either Academic Reading or General Training.

In the Academic Reading portion you will have three sections with 40 questions. There will be three texts, which are taken from various media (magazines, newspapers, journals, books). Those texts are on topics of general interest, so you do not have to learn specialized vocabulary. Your English knowledge will be tested through various types of questions: multiple choice, identifying information (True/False/Not Given), identifying writer’s stance (Yes/No/Not given), matching information/headings, matching sentence ending, sentence completion, summary completion/table completion/diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

In the General Training Reading you will have three sections with 40 questions. Texts are taken from notices, leaflets, newspapers, instruction manuals, etc. The first section focuses on text relevant to basic linguistic survival in English, the students having to provide factual information. The second feature is focused on the work context, thus the texts are more complex. Last but not least, the third section contains longer texts with a more complex structure. The types of exercises are the same as in the Academic reading portion: multiple choice, chart completion, etc.

And now here are some exercises to prepare you for the IELTS (though the exam does not have a specific grammar portion, it is tested indirectly).

I. Rewrite the sentences below with the underlined words in the passive:

a. The data in the graph give figures for both males and females.

b. The diagram divides into four sections, one for each language.

c. The music store sold 2000 CDs in the month of May to persons aged 20-25.

d. The user places the CD into the CD-ROM and the program loads into memory.

II. Complete the sentences with the appropriate adjective from the box:

unreasonable   aware  crowded  capable  full  invited  hopeless

responsible   clever   married   upset    suspicious   keen  short


a. It was ____________ of you to copy the secret code onto your hard disk.

b. Are you ___________ of the fact that Tom is __________ to a German woman?

c. Who is _________ for this broken vase?

d. Helen was very _________ about not being __________ invited to the party.

e. I’m hopeless _________ at doing any kind of mathematical equation.

f. Are you sure Mr. Klutz is __________ of installing the air-conditioning system?

g. It’s totally __________ of you to expect children to work so hard.

h. I’m sorry I can’t help you, Stan, but I’m a bit ______ of money myself.

i. She’s very ________ on foreign films. She goes to the cinema twice a week.

j. The theatre entrance was ________ with celebrities, journalists and photographers.

k. Because she is so _______ of strangers, she didn’t answer the door.

l. The letter she was typing was _______ of mistakes.

Sursa articol: IELTS with Answers 8 (Ed. Cambridge)

Autor: Alexandru Macovescu – Trainer intern A_BEST Limba Engleză, Italiană şi Limba Română pentru Străini

Alexandru este absolvent al Facultăţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine, specializarea Engleză-Italiană. În 2010, a absolvit un masterat specializat în Traducerea Textului Literar Contemporan. Alexandru are o bogată experienţă atât în predarea limbilor engleză şi italiană cât şi în traduceri şi interpretariat şi exerciţiu în utilizarea, în contexte diferite, a limbilor străine. În prezent, Alexandru predă inclusiv cursuri A_BEST de limba engleză şi italiană, limbaj general şi de afaceri, precum şi cursuri de limba română pentru străini, în cadrul companiilor.