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The Ultimate Guide to
ACADEMIC READING
Includes 5 Complete Practice Tests with
Answers Explained
The Ultimate Guide to
ACADEMIC READING
Mike Wattie Phil Biggerton
NHÀ XUẤT BẢN HỒNG ĐỨC
 Mike Wattie has been working as an examiner
and tutor in Taipei and Australia for over ten
years. His website www.ieltsanswers.com
helps students to pass their IELTS test by
giving skills and strategies to pass the test,
as well as providing mock speaking tests and
an IELTS writing correction service. Recently,
Mike has put all of his collective wisdom,
knowledge, and experience as a teacher and
examiner into writing a series of textbooks.
These books are invaluable for students as
they highlight the skills and strategies that
are required to score well. Mike has a Master
degree in Management, a Postgraduate
Diploma in Education, and a CELTA (Certificate
in Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages).
Phil Biggerton has been teaching English in
Asia since 1992. He became an IELTS examiner
for the British Council in Taiwan and has spent
over fifteen years developing his skills as an
IELTS teacher. Over the past ten years Phil has
been spending most of his time writing text
books for the IELTS test and tutoring IELTS
students. Phil graduated from the University
of Warwick, majoring in Biological Science
Hons., and has a TEFL (Teaching English as
a Foreign Language) certificate from Trinity
College, Oxford.
The Authors
Page Numbers
Getting Started Introduction 7
Unit One Skimming and Scanning 13
Unit Two Selecting the Best Keywords 24
Unit Three Reading Techniques 35
     
Unit Four Question Types  
  1. Short Answers 45
  2. Sentence Completion 50
  3. Summary Completion 56
  4. Multiple Choice 62
  5. Table Completion 68
  6. Labelling Flow Charts / Processes 74
  7. Matching 81
  8. Paragraph Selection 91
  9. True, False, Not Given 94
  10. Yes, No, Not Given 100
  11. Headings 105
  12. Diagrams 115
     
Practice Test 1 - 5 120
Test 1 121
Test 2 135
Test 3 148
Test 4 161
Test 5 174
     
IELTS reading answer sheets   187
     
ANSWERS Five Complete Academic Reading Tests 192
Acknowledgments - texts   213
CONTENTS
1
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he IELTS Academic Reading Test is made up of three passages with
each passage being approximately 700 to 1000 words in length.
These texts are not written specifically for the exam but are taken
from a wide range of sources such as newspapers, books, journals, and
magazines, and can be academic or non-academic in style.
Although a wide range of topics are possible, no specialist knowledge is
required. However, a fairly extensive vocabulary range is needed if the text
is to be completely understood. Topics can range from subjects such as tea
tree oil, herbal medicine, international airports, and beetles.
Some students find that some knowledge of the subject can encourage
them to “guess” the answers rather than use the text to get the correct
answer. Many of these “guesses” can be wrong because the student has
not read the instructions or questions carefully enough.
The test itself consists of forty questions and a time of exactly sixty
minutes to finish it. At the end of the test your answers must be on the
answer sheet provided. Note that, unlike the listening test, no extra time
is provided to complete the answer sheet, and so a grade of zero would be
given if this is blank after the allotted time.
Question types
A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types: sentence
completion, multiple choice, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching
information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence
endings, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-
chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Marking
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. There are no penalties for incorrect
answers, so you should always guess an answer you are not sure of. Scores
out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale as shown in the table
below. Scores are reported in whole and half bands. Note that no two
tests can ever be exactly the same, and so adjustments are made to each
IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading8
band score (after pretesting) to standardize the test, and ensure that no
one gets a harder test than someone else. Therefore, the table below can
only be used as an approximate guide to scoring.
Band
Score
0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
Raw
score
0 1 2 – 3 4 – 5 6 – 7 8 – 9 10 – 11 12 – 14 15 – 17 18 – 20 21 – 22 23 – 25 26 – 27 28 – 32 33 – 34 35 – 36 37 – 38 39 – 40
How to Improve
 Learn how the test is structured and graded
 Learn skills to improve your answers
 Learn how to do the different types of questions that get asked
 Do lots of practice tests
 Learn from the mistakes you make in practice tests
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How long is the IELTS reading test?
The reading test is 1 hour long. Unlike the Listening Test, there is no extra
time given to transfer your answers to the answer sheet, so you must do this
within the 1 hour.
2. How many reading passages are there?
There are three reading passages for the academic paper and usually five
reading tasks of mixed length for the general training paper.
3. How many questions are there?
There are 40 questions.
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4. How are the scores calculated?
You get one point for each correct answer. You do not lose points for an
incorrect answer.
5. What is the difference between the academic test and
general test?
The Academic Test tends to focus more on articles that are of a more academic
nature, whereas the General Test uses articles and extracts that are of a more
day to day nature.
6. Can I write on the reading question paper?
Yes, you can. You can make notes, underline words and write on any part of
the question paper. Only your answer sheet will be marked.
7. How is the reading test marked?
Usually the local staff, in your local test centre, will mark your paper by hand.
The examiners who mark the speaking and writing tests do not usually mark
the reading test.
8. Are capital letters important?
No, they are not. For reading and listening capitalisation does not matter.
Therefore, even if you don’t write in capital letters and the answer is London
and you write it with a small “L” you still get it right.
9. Is spelling important?
Yes, it is. If the answer is spelt incorrectly, it will be marked wrong.
10. Do my answers have to be grammatically correct?
Yes, pay close attention in order to make sure that your answer is grammatically
correct.
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11. What counts as a word/number for an answer word/
number limit?
Words with hyphens count as one word. Right-handed is one word. For dates,
12th December is one word and a number. 100 is one number, 1,000,000 is one
number.
12. Can I write ‘T’ instead of true?
Yes, abbreviations are generally accepted throughout. You can write ‘T’ for
True, ‘F’ for False, “NG’ for Not Given and even things like ‘Y’ for yes and ‘N’
for no.
13. Do all answers come in order?
Unlike the listening test where all answers occur sequentially [one after the
other], none of the reading questions are completely sequential. However, the
majority of question types occur roughly in sequential order. What this means
is that the answer to question 8 will be near question 9 but not necessarily
right before it (it could possibly be one or two questions before or after it).
However, some types of questions such as matching headings to paragraphs are
not at all sequential. This makes sense as it would be very easy if they were!
14. How can I quickly improve my score?
The key to success in the reading test is getting used to the way questions get
asked and the logic needed to answer them. Do lots of practice tests to learn
and understand this. In addition, do lots of reading to improve your English
vocabulary and also become a better reader.
15. How can I find out my reading speed?
You can do the speed reading test at http://www.readingsoft.com/index.
html#test
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TWO STYLES OF READING
The Passive Reader
The main problem with a passive reader is that they want the
writer to do all of the work. They want the writer to do the
thinking, the analyzing, the development of ideas, to state
the structure of the thing they are reading.
The Active Reader
previously read, or experience and knowledge obtained. An
understanding of the structure of the text (even a form or
is used. Scanning, skimming and reading for further detail
when reading for leisure.
your style of reading as this is the correct way to read when at university.
test. If you are a passive reader you MUST change and this book will help
you to do that.
IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading12
 
The Purpose of this Book
This book takes you step by step, from a basic understanding of the IELTS
exam, to a point where you have the necessary skills and confidence to take
the exam. It is the intention of this book to provide you with everything
you need to know to achieve a high grade in reading. It has also been
specifically designed to make your journey enjoyable and less frustrating.
Many of the sample exercises in Unit Four of this book are more difficult
than you will face in the real test. However, they will teach you the skills
that you need to get a good grade in the actual test. The five practice tests
at the back of the book are very similar to the actual IELTS test.
 
IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading14
ne of the key skills to learn as you work through this book is how to
look at a text but not read it. This might sound like rather strange
advice, “Don’t read the reading passage.” However, given that you
only have one hour to complete your test there simply is not enough time
to read all the articles and answer the 40 questions. Therefore you need to
develop a more time effective approach towards the test.
 
TEST APPROACH
One of the keys to saving time during your test and improving your accuracy is
to take a process approach to the reading test. This means developing a step-by-
step approach to taking the test. There is not one approach that is suitable for all
people so you should treat the approach I suggest below as a possible approach
rather than the best approach for all people. As well as this it can be a good
idea to approach different question types in different ways, and later I show you
different ways to approach different question types in the IELTS reading test.
Generally speaking, it is better to read the passage first to give yourself an idea
of the overall topic and organisation of the text. It then becomes much easier to
guess unknown words, understand questions, and know where in an article to
start to look for answers. However, for some question types, it may be a good
idea to look briefly at the questions before you read, as this may influence how
you approach skimming a text. For instance, if there is a heading matching task
you may think more about the focus of each paragraph as you do your skim read,
if you have looked at the possible headings before it.
 
POSSIBLE APPROACH
Skim the article (3 minutes).
Scan to find the answer to each question (1 minute to answer
each question).
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SKIMMING
Skimming is used to get the main idea of an article and its structure. It
should be used to quickly get an overall understanding of what an article is
about. This understanding provides a context which will make it easier to
understandspecificfactsandguessunknownwords.Knowledgeofthestructure
will make it easy to find where answers are located within a text and saves you
the time of having to look through a whole article when you attempt to find
answers to questions. Skim an article by reading it and underlining keywords in
the following order:
1. title or headings
2. any pictures or graphics and their captions
3. the introduction, as this tells us what the article is about
4. the topic sentence of each paragraph as this gives the key idea of each
paragraph (this will usually be the first sentence of each paragraph)
After skimming the article below you should have a clear sense of:
1. What the article is about: The life cycle of a butterfly.
2. The topic of each paragraph: Each paragraph focuses on a stage in the
life cycle of butterflies.
3. How the article is structured: An introduction is followed by each of the
stages of the life cycle.
THE LIFECYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY
Butterflies are one of the truly amazing features of nature.
Unlike other creatures, during its time from birth to death a butterfly goes
through four distinct states. The rest of this article focuses on these four stages.
Inthefirststageofthelifecycle,abutterflylayseggs.Afemalebutterflyafter
having been fertilised by a male butterfly lays eggs on a leaf. These eggs are laid
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1 - Short Answers
This question type requires you to respond to questions with one to three
words that are taken from the text. These questions are very similar
to sentence completion questions, except that sentence completion requires
you to give answers which form grammatically correct sentences whereas with
short-answer questions you are just answering questions. When answering
short-answer questions, you have to pay attention to the instructions regarding
the word limit. A lot of IELTS test-takers get caught out by the word limit. Even
if the answer is logically correct, if the number of words exceeds the limit your
answer is wrong. For example, if you are asked to complete sentences with no
more than two words, a three-word answer is automatically wrong.
 
KEY POINTS:
1. You must answer using words taken from the text.
2. You must not exceed the word limit.
3. Questions roughly follow the order of the text. For instance, the answer for
question 4 will likely be between the answers for questions 3 and 5 in the
text, or at the very least, nearby.
4.  Questions are rephrased from the text, but they keep the meaning and
contain some of the same keywords. This means when you are searching for
keywords you should also be on the lookout for synonyms.
APPROACH:
1. Skim the text within 3 minutes.
2. Read the instructions carefully so you know the maximum number of words/
numbers you can write.
3. Read the first question and establish a keyword to search for.
4. Locate the keyword/synonym in the text.
5. Establish the answer.
IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading46
The origins of the dingo are
obscure and there is much
controversy connected with this. It
is not truly native to Australia but is
thought to have arrived between
3,500 and 4,000 years ago. Whatever
its origins, the dingo was a highly
valued companion to the aborigines.
They were hunting companions,
guard dogs, and they kept them warm
at night.
Some believe they were brought
here on rafts or boats by the ancestral
aborigines. It has also been suggested
that they came with Indonesian or
South-East Asian fishermen who
visited the northern coast of Australia.
The dingo can be found in all
areas of Australia - from harsh
deserts to lush rainforests. The highly
adaptable dingo is found in every
habitat and every state of Australia,
except Tasmania. In deserts, access
to drinking water determines where
the animal can live. Pure-bred dingo
numbers in the wild are declining
as man encroaches deeper and
deeper into wilderness areas, often
accompanied by his domestic dog.
The dingo is different from the
modern dog in several ways: it does
not bark, it has a different gait, and
its ears are always erect. Dingoes are
naturally lean and they are usually
cream to reddish-yellow with white
points, some are black with tan points.
An adult dingo stands more than
60cm high and weighs about 15kg.
It is slightly smaller than a German
Shepherd.
In its natural state the dingo
lives either alone or in a small group
unlike many other wild dog species
which may form packs. Dingoes have
a clearly defined territory which they
rarely leave and which they protect
from other dingoes, but which may
be shared with other dingoes when
6. Check the answer doesn’t exceed the word limit.
7. Repeat this strategy with other questions. You have about 1 minute for each
question.
Now, try using the suggestions above for the eight questions that follow the
reading passage that follows about the dingo.
THE DINGO - AN AUSTRALIAN PEST
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they form a group to hunt larger
prey. The size of the home territory
varies according to the food supply.
Dingoes hunt mainly at night. Groups
are controlled by a dominant male.
Members of a group maintain contact
bymarkingrocksandtreeswithintheir
territory, and by howling, particularly
in the breeding season.
The dingo’s diet consists of native
mammals, including kangaroos,
although domestic animals and some
farm stock are also on the menu.
This makes the animal unpopular
with farmers. The dingo is thought
to have contributed to the mainland
extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian
tiger) through increased competition
for food.
The dingo is an intelligent animal.
It is no more dangerous to man than
any other feral dog. The natural prey
of the dingo is small mammals and
ground-dwelling birds, but with the
introduction of white settlement,
they became such a menace to sheep,
calves and poultry that measures had
to be taken in an attempt to control
them, such as “dog-proof fences”.
Dingoes start breeding when they
reach the age of one or two but only
the dominant members within an
established group breed. They breed
only once a year. Mating usually
occurs in autumn/early winter and
after a gestation of nine weeks (same
as domestic dogs) a litter averaging
4-5 pups is born, which are reared
in a hollow log, a rock-shelter, or an
old rabbit warren. Both parents take
part in raising the pups. The pups are
fully grown at seven months of age. A
dingo may live for up to ten years.
 Wild dingoes are wary of humans
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Questions 1 - 8: estions 1 - 8
 Answer the questions below.
 Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage
for each answer.
1 Who might have introduced the dingo into the country?
2 What main factor decides where the dingo can live in a desert?
3 In what three ways is a dingo different to a domesticated dog?
4 What determines how big an area they live in?
5 What animal might the dingo have helped wipe out?
6 What is the life expectancy of a dingo?
7 When is it better to have a dingo as a pet?
8 Many people are very angry because they regard the dingo as what?
and do not attack unless provoked.
They will approach camps in the
bush looking for food or perhaps out
of curiosity. Dingoes can be kept as
pets but should be obtained at a very
young age to enable them to bond
with humans. Even when raised from
pups they never seem to lose their
instinct for killing poultry or small
animals. Not all states in Australia
allow dingoes to be kept as pets and
a permit is required. The export of
dingoes is illegal.
  Dingoes and domestic dogs
interbreed freely resulting in very
few pure-bred dingoes in southern
or eastern Australia. This threatens
the dingo’s ability to survive as a
separate species. Public hostility is
another threat to the dingo. Because
it takes some livestock, the dingo is
considered by many to be a pest.
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Answers
1. South-East Asian fishermen / Indonesian fishermen / ancestral aborigines
(any answer)
2. drinking water
3. gait / ears / bark (all three words needed)
4. food supply
5. Tasmanian tiger / thylacine (either answer)
6. 10 years
7. very young age
8. a pest 
FLEXIBLE KEYWORDS - FLEXIBLE THINKING
As you have already seen, some of the keywords you pick will stay the
same and are the words you find in the text. However, it is also possible
to find synonyms and even antonyms (opposite meaning) of the keyword.
It is important to develop your flexibility in scanning when looking for
keywords. Take as an example, Question 4 in the text about the dingo. The
question states, “What determines how big an area they live in?” but the
answer was found in the sentence stating that it, “varies according to the
food supply”. Keywords are a little difficult to choose for this question but the
word, determine is useful if you know other ways of expressing this idea.
It is not uncommon to have similar questions, with similar phrases, in
the IELTS test and so the following list will be useful as they all have similar
meanings and can all be used in similar ways.
Determine .......
determines / determined by depends on decided by
a range of varies according to a range of factors
an assortment of three ways to a variety of reasons
in several ways caused by the situation
leads to two different types of due to
IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading50
2 - Sentence Completion
Here you have to complete a number of unfinished sentences by adding
a word or short phrase from the text. These gaps should be filled
with words taken directly from the reading text, and you must not exceed the
word limit. Very occasionally, you will have to change the grammar of the word
or phrase you have chosen to make it fit the sentence. Usually, however, if you
select the correct word or words from the text the grammar will also be correct.
This type of question requires you to fill in the gaps in sentences.
KEY POINTS:
1.  You must answer using words taken from the text.
2.  You must not exceed the word limit.
3.  Questions roughly follow the order of the text.
4.  You should complete statements that paraphrase sentences from the text.
5.  You must make a grammatically correct sentence.
APPROACH:
1.  Skim the text within 3 minutes.
2.  Read the instructions carefully so you know how many words/numbers you
can write.
3.  Read the first question and establish a keyword to search for.
4.  Locate the keyword/synonym in the text.
5.  Check the sentence in the text has a similar meaning with the question.
6.  Establish the words required to complete the sentence.
7.  Check the answer doesn’t exceed the word limit.
8.  Repeat this strategy with other questions.
Now, look at the text on Cuba’s organic revolution and answer the questions
that follow.
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Organic agriculture has been
adopted as the official
government strategy for all new
agriculture in Cuba, after its highly
successful introduction just seven
years ago. In less than a decade
the use of chemical pesticides has
dropped by 80%.
 The catalyst which revolutionised
the Cuban approach, was economic
necessity after the collapse of the
Soviet Union. Now the island is
self-sufficient in organic fruit and
vegetables, and organic livestock is
also being reared successfully.
Even cabbage, which could not
be grown in the past, because it was
impossible to control the diamond
black moth, now has yields of 60
tonnes per hectare without using
fertilisers or pesticides.
To meet the demands of a more
labour intensive system of agriculture,
the Cuban government has increased
ruralwagesandisprovidingfavourable
housing for farm workers which also
helps solve the problem of severe
housing shortages and overcrowding
in the cities. It is also making available
abandoned land in urban areas for
local communities to farm.
In one co-operative, 40 members
are providing food for their own
families, with plenty of surplus
to provide for community elders,
invalids and day care centres. Over
40 countries were represented at
a recent Pesticide Action Network
(PAN) conference in Cuba to challenge
the view that pesticides are essential
for agriculture.
The Cuban experience added
strength to their conviction that
organic agriculture has a great deal
to offer and has been unjustifiably
ignored by agricultural researchers.
CUBA’S ORGANIC REVOLUTION
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ANGKOR WAT
Angkor Wat is simply unique, a
stunning blend of spirituality,
and symmetry, an enduring example
of man’s devotion to his gods. Relish
the very first approach, as that spine-
tickling moment when you emerge
on the inner causeway will rarely
be felt again. It is the largest and
undoubtedly the most breathtaking
of the monuments at Angkor, and
is widely believed to be the largest
religious structure in the world. It is
also the best-preserved temple at
Angkor, as it was never abandoned
to the elements, and repeat visits are
rewarded with previously unnoticed
details. It was probably built as a
funerary temple for Suryavarman II to
honour Vishnu, the Hindu deity with
whom the king identified.
There is much about Angkor Wat
that is unique among the temples of
Angkor. The most significant point is
that the temple is oriented towards
the west. This is symbolically the
direction of death, which once led a
large number of scholars to conclude
that Angkor Wat must have existed
primarily as a tomb. This idea was
supported by the fact that the
magnificent bas-reliefs of the temple
were designed to be viewed in an
anticlockwise direction, a practice
that has precedents in ancient Hindu
funerary rites. Vishnu, however, is also
frequently associated with the west,
and it is now commonly accepted that
Angkor Wat most likely served both
as a temple and a mausoleum for
Suryavarman II.
 Apsara
Angkor Wat is famous for its
beguiling apsara (heavenly nymphs).
There are more than 3,000 carved into
the walls of the temple, each of them
unique, and there are more than 30
different hairstyles for budding stylists
to check out. Many of these exquisite
apsara were damaged during Indian
efforts to clean the temples with
chemicals during the 1980s, the
TEST 1
READING PASSAGE 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on
Reading Passage 1 below.
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ultimate bad acid trip, but they are
now being restored by the teams of
the German Apsara Conservation
Project (GACP). The organization
operates a small information booth
in the northwest corner of Angkor
Wat, where beautiful black-and-white
postcards and images of Angkor are
available.
 Symbolism
Visitors to Angkor Wat are struck
by its imposing grandeur and, at close
quarters, its fascinating decorative
flourishes and extensive bas-reliefs.
However, a scholar at the time of its
construction would have revelled in
its multilayered levels of meaning in
muchthesamewayasacontemporary
literary scholar might delight in James
Joyce’s, “Ulysses”.
David Chandler, drawing on the
research of Eleanor Moron, points out
in his book, “History of Cambodia”,
that the spatial dimensions of Angkor
Wat parallel the lengths of the four
ages (Yuga) of classical Hindu thought.
Thus, the visitor to Angkor Wat who
walks the causeway to the main
entrance and through the courtyards
to the final main tower, which once
contained a statue of Vishnu, is
metaphorically travelling back to the
creation of the universe.
Like the other temples of Angkor,
Angkor Wat also replicates the spatial
universe in miniature. The central
tower is Mt Meru, with its surrounding
smaller peaks, bounded in turn by
continents (the lower courtyards) and
the oceans (the moat). The seven-
headed Naga becomes a symbolic
rainbow bridge for man to reach the
abode of the gods.
 Architectural Layout
Angkor Wat is surrounded by a
moat, 190m wide, which forms a giant
rectangle measuring 1.5km by 1.3km.
From the west, a sandstone causeway
crosses the moat; the holes in the
paving stones held wooden pegs that
were used to lift and position the
stones during construction. The pegs
were then sawn off and have since
rotted away. The sandstone blocks
from which Angkor Wat was built were
quarried more than 50km away (from
the district of Svay Leu at the eastern
foot of Phnom Kulen) and floated
down the Stung Siem Reap (Siem
Reap River) on rafts. The logistics of
such an operation are mind-blowing,
consuming the labour of thousands
- an unbelievable feat given the lack
of cranes and trucks that we take for
granted in contemporary construction
projects.
The rectangular outer wall, which
measures 1,025m by 800m, has a gate
on each side, but the main entrance,
a 235m-wide porch richly decorated
with carvings and sculptures, is on
the western side. In the gate tower, to
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 READING PASSAGE 1: ANGKOR WAT
1 west: Paragraph 2: “The most significant point is that the temple is oriented
towards the west.”
2 statue of Vishnu: Paragraph 5: “through the courtyards to the final main
tower, which once contained a statue of Vishnu …”
3 rotted away / sawn off (either answer): Paragraph 7: “The pegs were then
sawn off and have since rotted away.”
4 contemplate: paragraph 11: “Once at the central tower, the pilgrimage
is complete: soak up the breeze, take in the views and then find a quiet
corner in which to contemplate the symmetry and symbolism…”
5 moat: paragraph 7: “Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat,”
6 sandstone causeway: paragraph 7: “From the west, a sandstone causeway
crosses the moat…”
7 quarried: paragraph 7: “The sandstone blocks from which Angkor Wat was
built were quarried more than 50km away …”
8 cranes / trucks (either answer): paragraph 7: “…an unbelievable feat given
the lack of cranes and trucks …”
9 breathtaking: paragraph 1: “It (Angkor Wat) is the largest and undoubtedly
the most breathtaking of the monuments at Angkor …”
10 GACP: paragraph 3: “…they are now being restored by the teams of the
German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP).”
11 spatial universe: paragraph 6: “Like the other temples of Angkor, Angkor
Wat also replicates the spatial universe in miniature.”
12 sandstone: paragraph 8: “In the gate tower, to the right as you approach,
is a statue of Vishnu, 3.25m in height and hewn from a single block of
sandstone.”
13 pilgrimage: paragraph 11: “Once at the central tower, the pilgrimage is
complete: …”
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  • 2. Includes 5 Complete Practice Tests with Answers Explained The Ultimate Guide to ACADEMIC READING Mike Wattie Phil Biggerton NHÀ XUẤT BẢN HỒNG ĐỨC
  • 3.  Mike Wattie has been working as an examiner and tutor in Taipei and Australia for over ten years. His website www.ieltsanswers.com helps students to pass their IELTS test by giving skills and strategies to pass the test, as well as providing mock speaking tests and an IELTS writing correction service. Recently, Mike has put all of his collective wisdom, knowledge, and experience as a teacher and examiner into writing a series of textbooks. These books are invaluable for students as they highlight the skills and strategies that are required to score well. Mike has a Master degree in Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Phil Biggerton has been teaching English in Asia since 1992. He became an IELTS examiner for the British Council in Taiwan and has spent over fifteen years developing his skills as an IELTS teacher. Over the past ten years Phil has been spending most of his time writing text books for the IELTS test and tutoring IELTS students. Phil graduated from the University of Warwick, majoring in Biological Science Hons., and has a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate from Trinity College, Oxford. The Authors
  • 4. Page Numbers Getting Started Introduction 7 Unit One Skimming and Scanning 13 Unit Two Selecting the Best Keywords 24 Unit Three Reading Techniques 35       Unit Four Question Types     1. Short Answers 45   2. Sentence Completion 50   3. Summary Completion 56   4. Multiple Choice 62   5. Table Completion 68   6. Labelling Flow Charts / Processes 74   7. Matching 81   8. Paragraph Selection 91   9. True, False, Not Given 94   10. Yes, No, Not Given 100   11. Headings 105   12. Diagrams 115       Practice Test 1 - 5 120 Test 1 121 Test 2 135 Test 3 148 Test 4 161 Test 5 174       IELTS reading answer sheets   187       ANSWERS Five Complete Academic Reading Tests 192 Acknowledgments - texts   213 CONTENTS
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  • 6. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 7   he IELTS Academic Reading Test is made up of three passages with each passage being approximately 700 to 1000 words in length. These texts are not written specifically for the exam but are taken from a wide range of sources such as newspapers, books, journals, and magazines, and can be academic or non-academic in style. Although a wide range of topics are possible, no specialist knowledge is required. However, a fairly extensive vocabulary range is needed if the text is to be completely understood. Topics can range from subjects such as tea tree oil, herbal medicine, international airports, and beetles. Some students find that some knowledge of the subject can encourage them to “guess” the answers rather than use the text to get the correct answer. Many of these “guesses” can be wrong because the student has not read the instructions or questions carefully enough. The test itself consists of forty questions and a time of exactly sixty minutes to finish it. At the end of the test your answers must be on the answer sheet provided. Note that, unlike the listening test, no extra time is provided to complete the answer sheet, and so a grade of zero would be given if this is blank after the allotted time. Question types A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types: sentence completion, multiple choice, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow- chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions. Marking Each correct answer receives 1 mark. There are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you should always guess an answer you are not sure of. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale as shown in the table below. Scores are reported in whole and half bands. Note that no two tests can ever be exactly the same, and so adjustments are made to each
  • 7. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading8 band score (after pretesting) to standardize the test, and ensure that no one gets a harder test than someone else. Therefore, the table below can only be used as an approximate guide to scoring. Band Score 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 Raw score 0 1 2 – 3 4 – 5 6 – 7 8 – 9 10 – 11 12 – 14 15 – 17 18 – 20 21 – 22 23 – 25 26 – 27 28 – 32 33 – 34 35 – 36 37 – 38 39 – 40 How to Improve  Learn how the test is structured and graded  Learn skills to improve your answers  Learn how to do the different types of questions that get asked  Do lots of practice tests  Learn from the mistakes you make in practice tests FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. How long is the IELTS reading test? The reading test is 1 hour long. Unlike the Listening Test, there is no extra time given to transfer your answers to the answer sheet, so you must do this within the 1 hour. 2. How many reading passages are there? There are three reading passages for the academic paper and usually five reading tasks of mixed length for the general training paper. 3. How many questions are there? There are 40 questions.
  • 8. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 9 4. How are the scores calculated? You get one point for each correct answer. You do not lose points for an incorrect answer. 5. What is the difference between the academic test and general test? The Academic Test tends to focus more on articles that are of a more academic nature, whereas the General Test uses articles and extracts that are of a more day to day nature. 6. Can I write on the reading question paper? Yes, you can. You can make notes, underline words and write on any part of the question paper. Only your answer sheet will be marked. 7. How is the reading test marked? Usually the local staff, in your local test centre, will mark your paper by hand. The examiners who mark the speaking and writing tests do not usually mark the reading test. 8. Are capital letters important? No, they are not. For reading and listening capitalisation does not matter. Therefore, even if you don’t write in capital letters and the answer is London and you write it with a small “L” you still get it right. 9. Is spelling important? Yes, it is. If the answer is spelt incorrectly, it will be marked wrong. 10. Do my answers have to be grammatically correct? Yes, pay close attention in order to make sure that your answer is grammatically correct.
  • 9. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading10 11. What counts as a word/number for an answer word/ number limit? Words with hyphens count as one word. Right-handed is one word. For dates, 12th December is one word and a number. 100 is one number, 1,000,000 is one number. 12. Can I write ‘T’ instead of true? Yes, abbreviations are generally accepted throughout. You can write ‘T’ for True, ‘F’ for False, “NG’ for Not Given and even things like ‘Y’ for yes and ‘N’ for no. 13. Do all answers come in order? Unlike the listening test where all answers occur sequentially [one after the other], none of the reading questions are completely sequential. However, the majority of question types occur roughly in sequential order. What this means is that the answer to question 8 will be near question 9 but not necessarily right before it (it could possibly be one or two questions before or after it). However, some types of questions such as matching headings to paragraphs are not at all sequential. This makes sense as it would be very easy if they were! 14. How can I quickly improve my score? The key to success in the reading test is getting used to the way questions get asked and the logic needed to answer them. Do lots of practice tests to learn and understand this. In addition, do lots of reading to improve your English vocabulary and also become a better reader. 15. How can I find out my reading speed? You can do the speed reading test at http://www.readingsoft.com/index. html#test
  • 10. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 11 TWO STYLES OF READING The Passive Reader The main problem with a passive reader is that they want the writer to do all of the work. They want the writer to do the thinking, the analyzing, the development of ideas, to state the structure of the thing they are reading. The Active Reader previously read, or experience and knowledge obtained. An understanding of the structure of the text (even a form or is used. Scanning, skimming and reading for further detail when reading for leisure. your style of reading as this is the correct way to read when at university. test. If you are a passive reader you MUST change and this book will help you to do that.
  • 11. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading12   The Purpose of this Book This book takes you step by step, from a basic understanding of the IELTS exam, to a point where you have the necessary skills and confidence to take the exam. It is the intention of this book to provide you with everything you need to know to achieve a high grade in reading. It has also been specifically designed to make your journey enjoyable and less frustrating. Many of the sample exercises in Unit Four of this book are more difficult than you will face in the real test. However, they will teach you the skills that you need to get a good grade in the actual test. The five practice tests at the back of the book are very similar to the actual IELTS test.  
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  • 13. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading14 ne of the key skills to learn as you work through this book is how to look at a text but not read it. This might sound like rather strange advice, “Don’t read the reading passage.” However, given that you only have one hour to complete your test there simply is not enough time to read all the articles and answer the 40 questions. Therefore you need to develop a more time effective approach towards the test.   TEST APPROACH One of the keys to saving time during your test and improving your accuracy is to take a process approach to the reading test. This means developing a step-by- step approach to taking the test. There is not one approach that is suitable for all people so you should treat the approach I suggest below as a possible approach rather than the best approach for all people. As well as this it can be a good idea to approach different question types in different ways, and later I show you different ways to approach different question types in the IELTS reading test. Generally speaking, it is better to read the passage first to give yourself an idea of the overall topic and organisation of the text. It then becomes much easier to guess unknown words, understand questions, and know where in an article to start to look for answers. However, for some question types, it may be a good idea to look briefly at the questions before you read, as this may influence how you approach skimming a text. For instance, if there is a heading matching task you may think more about the focus of each paragraph as you do your skim read, if you have looked at the possible headings before it.   POSSIBLE APPROACH Skim the article (3 minutes). Scan to find the answer to each question (1 minute to answer each question).
  • 14. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 15 SKIMMING Skimming is used to get the main idea of an article and its structure. It should be used to quickly get an overall understanding of what an article is about. This understanding provides a context which will make it easier to understandspecificfactsandguessunknownwords.Knowledgeofthestructure will make it easy to find where answers are located within a text and saves you the time of having to look through a whole article when you attempt to find answers to questions. Skim an article by reading it and underlining keywords in the following order: 1. title or headings 2. any pictures or graphics and their captions 3. the introduction, as this tells us what the article is about 4. the topic sentence of each paragraph as this gives the key idea of each paragraph (this will usually be the first sentence of each paragraph) After skimming the article below you should have a clear sense of: 1. What the article is about: The life cycle of a butterfly. 2. The topic of each paragraph: Each paragraph focuses on a stage in the life cycle of butterflies. 3. How the article is structured: An introduction is followed by each of the stages of the life cycle. THE LIFECYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY Butterflies are one of the truly amazing features of nature. Unlike other creatures, during its time from birth to death a butterfly goes through four distinct states. The rest of this article focuses on these four stages. Inthefirststageofthelifecycle,abutterflylayseggs.Afemalebutterflyafter having been fertilised by a male butterfly lays eggs on a leaf. These eggs are laid
  • 15. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 45 1 - Short Answers This question type requires you to respond to questions with one to three words that are taken from the text. These questions are very similar to sentence completion questions, except that sentence completion requires you to give answers which form grammatically correct sentences whereas with short-answer questions you are just answering questions. When answering short-answer questions, you have to pay attention to the instructions regarding the word limit. A lot of IELTS test-takers get caught out by the word limit. Even if the answer is logically correct, if the number of words exceeds the limit your answer is wrong. For example, if you are asked to complete sentences with no more than two words, a three-word answer is automatically wrong.   KEY POINTS: 1. You must answer using words taken from the text. 2. You must not exceed the word limit. 3. Questions roughly follow the order of the text. For instance, the answer for question 4 will likely be between the answers for questions 3 and 5 in the text, or at the very least, nearby. 4.  Questions are rephrased from the text, but they keep the meaning and contain some of the same keywords. This means when you are searching for keywords you should also be on the lookout for synonyms. APPROACH: 1. Skim the text within 3 minutes. 2. Read the instructions carefully so you know the maximum number of words/ numbers you can write. 3. Read the first question and establish a keyword to search for. 4. Locate the keyword/synonym in the text. 5. Establish the answer.
  • 16. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading46 The origins of the dingo are obscure and there is much controversy connected with this. It is not truly native to Australia but is thought to have arrived between 3,500 and 4,000 years ago. Whatever its origins, the dingo was a highly valued companion to the aborigines. They were hunting companions, guard dogs, and they kept them warm at night. Some believe they were brought here on rafts or boats by the ancestral aborigines. It has also been suggested that they came with Indonesian or South-East Asian fishermen who visited the northern coast of Australia. The dingo can be found in all areas of Australia - from harsh deserts to lush rainforests. The highly adaptable dingo is found in every habitat and every state of Australia, except Tasmania. In deserts, access to drinking water determines where the animal can live. Pure-bred dingo numbers in the wild are declining as man encroaches deeper and deeper into wilderness areas, often accompanied by his domestic dog. The dingo is different from the modern dog in several ways: it does not bark, it has a different gait, and its ears are always erect. Dingoes are naturally lean and they are usually cream to reddish-yellow with white points, some are black with tan points. An adult dingo stands more than 60cm high and weighs about 15kg. It is slightly smaller than a German Shepherd. In its natural state the dingo lives either alone or in a small group unlike many other wild dog species which may form packs. Dingoes have a clearly defined territory which they rarely leave and which they protect from other dingoes, but which may be shared with other dingoes when 6. Check the answer doesn’t exceed the word limit. 7. Repeat this strategy with other questions. You have about 1 minute for each question. Now, try using the suggestions above for the eight questions that follow the reading passage that follows about the dingo. THE DINGO - AN AUSTRALIAN PEST
  • 17. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 47 they form a group to hunt larger prey. The size of the home territory varies according to the food supply. Dingoes hunt mainly at night. Groups are controlled by a dominant male. Members of a group maintain contact bymarkingrocksandtreeswithintheir territory, and by howling, particularly in the breeding season. The dingo’s diet consists of native mammals, including kangaroos, although domestic animals and some farm stock are also on the menu. This makes the animal unpopular with farmers. The dingo is thought to have contributed to the mainland extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) through increased competition for food. The dingo is an intelligent animal. It is no more dangerous to man than any other feral dog. The natural prey of the dingo is small mammals and ground-dwelling birds, but with the introduction of white settlement, they became such a menace to sheep, calves and poultry that measures had to be taken in an attempt to control them, such as “dog-proof fences”. Dingoes start breeding when they reach the age of one or two but only the dominant members within an established group breed. They breed only once a year. Mating usually occurs in autumn/early winter and after a gestation of nine weeks (same as domestic dogs) a litter averaging 4-5 pups is born, which are reared in a hollow log, a rock-shelter, or an old rabbit warren. Both parents take part in raising the pups. The pups are fully grown at seven months of age. A dingo may live for up to ten years.  Wild dingoes are wary of humans
  • 18. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading48 Questions 1 - 8: estions 1 - 8  Answer the questions below.  Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer. 1 Who might have introduced the dingo into the country? 2 What main factor decides where the dingo can live in a desert? 3 In what three ways is a dingo different to a domesticated dog? 4 What determines how big an area they live in? 5 What animal might the dingo have helped wipe out? 6 What is the life expectancy of a dingo? 7 When is it better to have a dingo as a pet? 8 Many people are very angry because they regard the dingo as what? and do not attack unless provoked. They will approach camps in the bush looking for food or perhaps out of curiosity. Dingoes can be kept as pets but should be obtained at a very young age to enable them to bond with humans. Even when raised from pups they never seem to lose their instinct for killing poultry or small animals. Not all states in Australia allow dingoes to be kept as pets and a permit is required. The export of dingoes is illegal.   Dingoes and domestic dogs interbreed freely resulting in very few pure-bred dingoes in southern or eastern Australia. This threatens the dingo’s ability to survive as a separate species. Public hostility is another threat to the dingo. Because it takes some livestock, the dingo is considered by many to be a pest.
  • 19. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 49 Answers 1. South-East Asian fishermen / Indonesian fishermen / ancestral aborigines (any answer) 2. drinking water 3. gait / ears / bark (all three words needed) 4. food supply 5. Tasmanian tiger / thylacine (either answer) 6. 10 years 7. very young age 8. a pest  FLEXIBLE KEYWORDS - FLEXIBLE THINKING As you have already seen, some of the keywords you pick will stay the same and are the words you find in the text. However, it is also possible to find synonyms and even antonyms (opposite meaning) of the keyword. It is important to develop your flexibility in scanning when looking for keywords. Take as an example, Question 4 in the text about the dingo. The question states, “What determines how big an area they live in?” but the answer was found in the sentence stating that it, “varies according to the food supply”. Keywords are a little difficult to choose for this question but the word, determine is useful if you know other ways of expressing this idea. It is not uncommon to have similar questions, with similar phrases, in the IELTS test and so the following list will be useful as they all have similar meanings and can all be used in similar ways. Determine ....... determines / determined by depends on decided by a range of varies according to a range of factors an assortment of three ways to a variety of reasons in several ways caused by the situation leads to two different types of due to
  • 20. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading50 2 - Sentence Completion Here you have to complete a number of unfinished sentences by adding a word or short phrase from the text. These gaps should be filled with words taken directly from the reading text, and you must not exceed the word limit. Very occasionally, you will have to change the grammar of the word or phrase you have chosen to make it fit the sentence. Usually, however, if you select the correct word or words from the text the grammar will also be correct. This type of question requires you to fill in the gaps in sentences. KEY POINTS: 1.  You must answer using words taken from the text. 2.  You must not exceed the word limit. 3.  Questions roughly follow the order of the text. 4.  You should complete statements that paraphrase sentences from the text. 5.  You must make a grammatically correct sentence. APPROACH: 1.  Skim the text within 3 minutes. 2.  Read the instructions carefully so you know how many words/numbers you can write. 3.  Read the first question and establish a keyword to search for. 4.  Locate the keyword/synonym in the text. 5.  Check the sentence in the text has a similar meaning with the question. 6.  Establish the words required to complete the sentence. 7.  Check the answer doesn’t exceed the word limit. 8.  Repeat this strategy with other questions. Now, look at the text on Cuba’s organic revolution and answer the questions that follow.
  • 21. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 51 Organic agriculture has been adopted as the official government strategy for all new agriculture in Cuba, after its highly successful introduction just seven years ago. In less than a decade the use of chemical pesticides has dropped by 80%.  The catalyst which revolutionised the Cuban approach, was economic necessity after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now the island is self-sufficient in organic fruit and vegetables, and organic livestock is also being reared successfully. Even cabbage, which could not be grown in the past, because it was impossible to control the diamond black moth, now has yields of 60 tonnes per hectare without using fertilisers or pesticides. To meet the demands of a more labour intensive system of agriculture, the Cuban government has increased ruralwagesandisprovidingfavourable housing for farm workers which also helps solve the problem of severe housing shortages and overcrowding in the cities. It is also making available abandoned land in urban areas for local communities to farm. In one co-operative, 40 members are providing food for their own families, with plenty of surplus to provide for community elders, invalids and day care centres. Over 40 countries were represented at a recent Pesticide Action Network (PAN) conference in Cuba to challenge the view that pesticides are essential for agriculture. The Cuban experience added strength to their conviction that organic agriculture has a great deal to offer and has been unjustifiably ignored by agricultural researchers. CUBA’S ORGANIC REVOLUTION
  • 22. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 121 ANGKOR WAT Angkor Wat is simply unique, a stunning blend of spirituality, and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his gods. Relish the very first approach, as that spine- tickling moment when you emerge on the inner causeway will rarely be felt again. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breathtaking of the monuments at Angkor, and is widely believed to be the largest religious structure in the world. It is also the best-preserved temple at Angkor, as it was never abandoned to the elements, and repeat visits are rewarded with previously unnoticed details. It was probably built as a funerary temple for Suryavarman II to honour Vishnu, the Hindu deity with whom the king identified. There is much about Angkor Wat that is unique among the temples of Angkor. The most significant point is that the temple is oriented towards the west. This is symbolically the direction of death, which once led a large number of scholars to conclude that Angkor Wat must have existed primarily as a tomb. This idea was supported by the fact that the magnificent bas-reliefs of the temple were designed to be viewed in an anticlockwise direction, a practice that has precedents in ancient Hindu funerary rites. Vishnu, however, is also frequently associated with the west, and it is now commonly accepted that Angkor Wat most likely served both as a temple and a mausoleum for Suryavarman II.  Apsara Angkor Wat is famous for its beguiling apsara (heavenly nymphs). There are more than 3,000 carved into the walls of the temple, each of them unique, and there are more than 30 different hairstyles for budding stylists to check out. Many of these exquisite apsara were damaged during Indian efforts to clean the temples with chemicals during the 1980s, the TEST 1 READING PASSAGE 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13, which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.
  • 23. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading122 ultimate bad acid trip, but they are now being restored by the teams of the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP). The organization operates a small information booth in the northwest corner of Angkor Wat, where beautiful black-and-white postcards and images of Angkor are available.  Symbolism Visitors to Angkor Wat are struck by its imposing grandeur and, at close quarters, its fascinating decorative flourishes and extensive bas-reliefs. However, a scholar at the time of its construction would have revelled in its multilayered levels of meaning in muchthesamewayasacontemporary literary scholar might delight in James Joyce’s, “Ulysses”. David Chandler, drawing on the research of Eleanor Moron, points out in his book, “History of Cambodia”, that the spatial dimensions of Angkor Wat parallel the lengths of the four ages (Yuga) of classical Hindu thought. Thus, the visitor to Angkor Wat who walks the causeway to the main entrance and through the courtyards to the final main tower, which once contained a statue of Vishnu, is metaphorically travelling back to the creation of the universe. Like the other temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat also replicates the spatial universe in miniature. The central tower is Mt Meru, with its surrounding smaller peaks, bounded in turn by continents (the lower courtyards) and the oceans (the moat). The seven- headed Naga becomes a symbolic rainbow bridge for man to reach the abode of the gods.  Architectural Layout Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat, 190m wide, which forms a giant rectangle measuring 1.5km by 1.3km. From the west, a sandstone causeway crosses the moat; the holes in the paving stones held wooden pegs that were used to lift and position the stones during construction. The pegs were then sawn off and have since rotted away. The sandstone blocks from which Angkor Wat was built were quarried more than 50km away (from the district of Svay Leu at the eastern foot of Phnom Kulen) and floated down the Stung Siem Reap (Siem Reap River) on rafts. The logistics of such an operation are mind-blowing, consuming the labour of thousands - an unbelievable feat given the lack of cranes and trucks that we take for granted in contemporary construction projects. The rectangular outer wall, which measures 1,025m by 800m, has a gate on each side, but the main entrance, a 235m-wide porch richly decorated with carvings and sculptures, is on the western side. In the gate tower, to
  • 24. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 187 IELTS READING ANSWER SHEET READING TEST ONE You may photocopy or reproduce this page     1 21 2 22 3 23 4 24 5 25 6 26 7 27 8 28 9 29 10 30 11 31 12 32 13 33 14 34 15 35 16 36 17 37 18 38 19 39 20 40
  • 25. IELTS: The Ultimate Guide to Academic Reading192 ANSWERS FIVE COMPLETE ACADEMIC READINGTESTS
  • 26. MCBooks - Chuyên sách ngoại ngữ 193 TEST 1  READING PASSAGE 1: ANGKOR WAT 1 west: Paragraph 2: “The most significant point is that the temple is oriented towards the west.” 2 statue of Vishnu: Paragraph 5: “through the courtyards to the final main tower, which once contained a statue of Vishnu …” 3 rotted away / sawn off (either answer): Paragraph 7: “The pegs were then sawn off and have since rotted away.” 4 contemplate: paragraph 11: “Once at the central tower, the pilgrimage is complete: soak up the breeze, take in the views and then find a quiet corner in which to contemplate the symmetry and symbolism…” 5 moat: paragraph 7: “Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat,” 6 sandstone causeway: paragraph 7: “From the west, a sandstone causeway crosses the moat…” 7 quarried: paragraph 7: “The sandstone blocks from which Angkor Wat was built were quarried more than 50km away …” 8 cranes / trucks (either answer): paragraph 7: “…an unbelievable feat given the lack of cranes and trucks …” 9 breathtaking: paragraph 1: “It (Angkor Wat) is the largest and undoubtedly the most breathtaking of the monuments at Angkor …” 10 GACP: paragraph 3: “…they are now being restored by the teams of the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP).” 11 spatial universe: paragraph 6: “Like the other temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat also replicates the spatial universe in miniature.” 12 sandstone: paragraph 8: “In the gate tower, to the right as you approach, is a statue of Vishnu, 3.25m in height and hewn from a single block of sandstone.” 13 pilgrimage: paragraph 11: “Once at the central tower, the pilgrimage is complete: …”
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