IELTS Reading Exam

IELTS Reading Sample (Academic) 28


Reading Tip: locating information

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The questions are always in order except when they are asking you to find which part of the text the information is in.

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Questions 1-6

The passage has six paragraphs labelled A-F

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter A-F in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.

1NASA being able to spend money on important projects

2events leading to the commercialisation of spaceflight

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3new developments that have made spaceflight more accessible

4an automated rocket that successfully completed a mission

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5the great dangers of space travel

6new answers being found to previous questions

Questions 7-11

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

7Which is NOT mentioned as making private space night possible?

Anew methods of constructing the rockets Bmodern substances from which to build the rockets Cunderstanding better how air moves round objects Dnew methods of making space suits

8Why are the recent launches special?

ATheir destination was the International Space Station. BThey carried clothes. CThey were not managed by a private company. DThe rocket is not owned by a government.

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9In order to make NASA look for other spaceflight providers, the US government

Ainvested in private space companies. Bstarted to build the international space station. Cstopped using the Space Shuttle. Dallowed private companies to fly into space.

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10Private companies

Aneed to reduce the cost of space projects. Bhave social network sites. Care able to fly rockets at high orbits. Dact as ferries to and from the space station.

11At present, the private space industry is characterised by

Auncertainty about how to make profits. Bcompanies controlled by individuals. Ccompanies too small to raise the amount of money needed. Dgovernment interference.

Questions 12-17

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 12-17 on your answer sheet.

There are a number of problems with commercial space projects. To start with, the might not be sound. There is also great attached to space flight – what would happen if there was another ? Experts doubt whether NASA can fulfil its as it has often been under pressure. Moreover, the development may lead to a between NASA and the private space industry.


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