Get experience of the computer-delivered Academic Reading test with the ten different types of example questions below.

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Questions: 

1. Multiple choice with one answer

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

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2. Multiple choice with more than one answer

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

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3. Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

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4. Note Completion

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

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5. Matching Headings

You will read a Part 2 text about the physics of traffic behaviour.

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6. Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the ‘Plain English’ movement, which promotes the use of clear English.

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7. Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases) 

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about language.

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8. Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the effect of a low-calorie diet on the ageing process.

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9. Sentence Completion

You will read a Part 2 text which discusses whether birds evolved from dinosaurs.

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10. Matching Sentence Endings

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the scientific community in London in the 1700s. 

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Answers:

Answer 1

  1. Abolishing pay schemes that are based on age
  2. Allows the expertise of older workers to be put to use
  3. Appeal to distinct groups of older workers
  4. Older people are good at running their own business

Answer 2

1 and 2 in either order

They can predict areas that may cause trouble in the future.

They are more skilled in personal relationships.

3 and 4 In either order

They do not stay with the same company for very long.

They are not as well educated as older workers.

Answer 3

  1. False
  2. Not given
  3. True

Answer 4

  1. Thorium
  2. Pitchblende
  3. Radium
  4. Soldiers
  5. Illness
  6. Neutron

Answer 5

  1. How a concept from one field of study was applied in another
  2. A proposal to take control away from the driver
  3. Areas of doubt and disagreement between experts
  4. The impact of driver behaviour on traffic speed

Answer 6

  1. Frustration
  2. First-time user
  3. Essential
  4. Special knowledge
  5. Legal formulations

Answer 7

  1. Material
  2. Fundamental
  3. Complex
  4. Easy

Answer 8

  1. Glucose
  2. Free radicals
  3. Preservation

Answer 9

  1. Theropods
  2. Collarbones
  3. Reptile
  4. Similarities
  5. Claw

Answer 10

  1. She started by seeking to understand how basic terms were used in the past
  2. She examined how their methods evolved and changed
  3. They used old ways of analysing written information for new purposes

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