IELTS Reading 12 - Passage 1

IELTS Reading Tip

Skimming a text means reading it quickly to get the main idea(s). To skim, you don't need to read the whole text. For example, you could just read the first sentence (topic sentence) of each paragraph. A lot of people find this a useful way to start when doing an IELTS Reading task.

Questions 1-5

The Reading Passage has seven paragraphs A-E.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings
i Avoiding an overcrowded centre
ii A successful exercise in people power
iii The benefits of working together in cities
iv Higher incomes need not mean more cars
v Economic arguments fail to persuade
vi The impact of telecommunications on population distribution
vii Increases in travelling time
viii Responding to arguments against public transport

1Paragraph A 

2Paragraph B 

3Paragraph C 

4Paragraph D 

5Paragraph E 

Questions 6-10

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage?

In boxes 6-`0 on your answer sheet write

TRUEif the statement agrees with the information
FALSEif the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVENif there is no information on this

6The ISTP study examined public and private systems in every city of the world. 

7Efficient cities can improve the quality of life for their inhabitants. 

8An inner-city tram network is dangerous for car drivers. 

9In Melbourne, people prefer to live in the outer suburbs. 

10Cities with high levels of bicycle usage can be efficient even when public transport is only averagely good. 

Questions 11-13

Look at the following cities and the list of descriptions below.

Match each city with the correct description.

List of Descriptions
A successfully uses a light rail transport system in hilly environment
B successful public transport system despite cold winters
C profitably moved from road to light rail transport system
D hilly and inappropriate for rail transport system
E heavily dependent on cars despite widespread poverty
F inefficient due to a limited public transport system

11Perth  

12Auckland  

13Portland  

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