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Open The IELTS Reading Sample 1 Questions

Questions 28-31:
Do the following statements agree with the views of the writer in Part A of Reading Passage 1? In boxes 28-31 on your answer sheet write:

YES                if the statement agrees with the writer
NO                  if the statement contradicts the writer
NOT GIVEN    if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

Example                                                                                                                Answer

A link exists between the consequences of decisions and the                                        YES
decision making process itself.

  1.  Scientists are interested in the effect of forestry on native animals.
    29.  PVA has been used in Australia for many years.
    30.   A species is said to be extinct when only one individual exists.
    31.   Extinction is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Questions 32-35:
These questions are based on Part B of Reading Passage 1. In paragraphs A to D the author describes four processes which may contribute to the extinction of a species. Match the list of processes (i-vi) to the paragraphs. Write the appropriate number (i-vi) in boxes 32-35 on your answer sheet.

  1. NB. There are more processes than paragraphs so you will not use all of them.
32.   Paragraph A

33.   Paragraph B

34.   Paragraph C

35.   Paragraph D

i   Loss of ability to adapt
ii   Natural disasters
iii   An imbalance of the sexes
iv   Human disasters
v   Evolution
vi  The haphazard nature of reproduction

Questions 36-38:
Based on your reading of Part C, complete the sentences below with words taken from the passage. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 36-38 on your answer sheet.

While the population of a species may be on the increase, there is always a chance that small isolated groups ………. (36) ………. Survival of a species depends on a balance between the size of a population and its ………. (37) ……… The likelihood that animals which live in forests will become extinct is increased when ……….  (38) ………..

Question 39:
Choose the appropriate letter A-D and write it in box 39 on your answer sheet.

  1. An alternative heading for the passage could be:

    A.  The protection of native flora and fauna
    B.  Influential factors in assessing survival probability
    C.  An economic rationale for the logging of forests
    D.  Preventive measures for the extinction of a species

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