Can animals count?, Is it time to halt the rising tide of plastic packaging?, The growth of intelligence Reading Answers
- 1 Reading Passage 1
- 2 Reading Passage 2
- 3 Reading Passage 3
- 4 Answers
The IELTS Reading passage, Can animals count?, along with the other two Academic passages – Is it time to halt the rising tide of plastic packaging? and The growth of intelligence makes this a complete Reading practice test.
You will have 60 minutes to complete the whole test, which consists of 40 questions in total.
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Here are the question types in this reading test:
Reading Passage 1 ( Can animals count?)
- Table completion
- True or False / Not Given
Reading Passage 2 ( Is it time to halt the rising tide of plastic packaging?)
- Matching headings
- Matching features
- Summary completion
Reading Passage 3 (The growth of intelligence)
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Yes/No or Not Given
- Summary completion
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Reading Passage 1
Complete the table below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in blank spaces next to 1-7 on your answer sheet.
|rhesus monkeys and humans||looked at two sets of geometrical on a computer screen||performance of two groups is almost
|chicks||chose between two sets of 2………………… which are altered||chicks can do calculations in order to choose a larger group|
|coots||the behavior of 3………………….. birds was observed||the bird seems to have the ability to count eggs|
|salamanders||offered clear tubes containing different quantities of 4………………….||salamanders distinguish between numbers over four if the bigger number is at least two times larger|
|5 ……………………….||shown real shoals and later artificial ones of geometrical shapes; these are used to check the influence of a total 6………………… and brightness||subjects know the difference between two and three and possibly three and four, but not between four and five|
|bees||had to learn where7…………………. was stored||could soon choose the correct place|
Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?
In boxes 8-13 on your answer sheet, write
TRUE, if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE, if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN, if there is no information on this
8 Primates are better at identifying the larger of two numbers if one is much bigger than the other.
9 Jurgen Tautz trained the insects in his experiment to recognize the shapes of individual numbers.
10 The research involving young chicks took place over two separate days.
11 The experiment with chicks suggests that some numerical ability exists in newborn animals.
12 Researchers have experimented by altering quantities of nectar or fruit available to certain wild animals.
13 When assessing the number of eggs in their nest, coots take into account those of other birds.
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Reading Passage 2
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 14-26, which are based on Reading Passage 2 below.
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Reading Passage 2 has five paragraphs A-E.
Choose the correct heading for each paragraph, A-E from the list of headings below.
Write the correct number, i-viii in boxes 14-18 on your answer sheet.
List of Headings
i. A lack of consistent policy
ii. Learning from experience
iii. The greatest advantage
iv. The role of research
v. A unique material
vi. An irrational anxiety
vii. Avoiding the real challenges
viii. A sign of things to come
14 Paragraph A
15 Paragraph B
16 Paragraph C
17 Paragraph D
18 Paragraph E
Look at the following statements (Questions 19-23) and the list of people below.
Match each statement to the correct person A-D.
Write the correct letter, A-D in boxes 19-23 on your answer sheet.
NB You may use any letter more than once.
19 A comparison of two approaches to packaging revealed an interesting result.
20 People are expected to do the right thing.
21 Most food roaches UK shops in good condition.
22 Complex issues are ignored in the search for speedy solutions.
23 It is merely because of the way societies operate that using plastic seems valid.
A. Tim Lang
B. Dick Seatle
C. Helene Roberts
D. Steve Kelsey
Complete the summary below.
Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD from the text for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 24-26 on your answer sheet.
A revolutionary material
Plastic packaging has changed the way we consume food. However, we instinctively dislike it partly because it is the product of 24………………………… processes, but also because it seems to be 25………………………….so we feel it is wasteful. Nevertheless, it is thanks to plastic that for many people their choice of food is no longer restricted by the 26………………………. in which it is available or the location of its source.
Reading Passage 3
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 26-40, based on Reading Passage 3 below.
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Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D. Write your answers next to 27-30 on your answer sheet.
27 Most researchers accept that one feature of intelligence is the ability to ………………………..
A change our behaviour according to our situation.
B reacts to others’ behaviour patterns.
C experiment with environmental features.
D cope with unexpected setbacks.
28 What have psychometricians used statistics for?
A to find out if cooperative tasks are a useful tool In measuring certain skills
B to explore whether several abilities are involved in the development of intelligence
C to demonstrate that mathematical models can predict test results for different skills
D to discover whether common sense is fundamental to developing children’s abilities
29 Why are Horn and Cattell mentioned?
A They disagreed about the interpretation of different intelligence tests.
B The research concerned both linguistic and mathematical abilities.
C They were the first to prove that intelligence can be measured by testing a range of special skills.
D Their work was an example of research into how people’s cognitive skills vary with age.
30 What was innovative about Piaget’s research?
A He refused to accept that children developed according to a set pattern.
B He emphasized the way children thought more than how well they did in tests.
C He used visually appealing materials instead of traditional intelligence tests.
D He studied children of all ages and levels of intelligence.
Do the following statements agree with the views of the writer in Reading Passage 3?
In boxes 31-36 on your answer sheet, write
YES, if the statement agrees with the views of the writer
NO, if the statement contradicts the views of the writer
NOT GIVEN, if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
31 A surprising number of academics have come to the same conclusion about what the term intelligence means.
32 A general test of intelligence is unlikely to indicate the level of performance in every type of task.
33 The elderly perform less well on comprehension tests than young adults.
34 We must take into account which skills are tested when comparing intelligence at different ages.
35 Piaget’s work influenced theoretical studies more than practical research.
36 Piaget’s emphasis on active learning has been discredited by later researchers.
Complete the summary using the list of words, A-I below.
Write the correct letter, A-I, in blank spaces next to 37-40 on your answer sheet.
Researchers investigating the development of intelligence have shown that 37……………………………… skills become more significant with age. One good predictor of 38……………………….. intelligence is the degree to which small children are 39………………………. about their surroundings and how much interest they show on finding themselves in a 40…………………………. setting.
Can animals count? Reading Answers (Passage 1)
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Is it time to halt the rising tide of plastic packaging? Reading Answers (Passage 2)
The growth of intelligence Reading Answers (Passage 3)