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This page provides a sample IELTS Reading Test.

Although this sample is for the Academic Module, you can also use it for the General Training Module.

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There are three reading passages on the actual IELTS reading test.

Each text will be 700 to 800 words in length on the reading test.

Following each passage, you will see multiple choice questions, as well as tasks that are represented in a table or chart format.

The reading test has 40 total questions.

Different genres, such as newpapers, magazines and academic textbooks, will be represented in the texts on the reading test.

A controversial subject will be discussed in at least one of the reading passages.

The time limit for the reading test is 60 minutes.

Remember to write your answers on the answer sheet for the reading test during the 60 minute time limit. Extra time is not granted to do this.

Please look at the section below for a sample reading test and answers.

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Free IELTS Reading Passage

A) Nowadays adventurers, fieldwork assistants, volunteers and travellers are replacing tourists. However, the word 'tourist' will never completed vanish. There might still be those who quietly travel to foreign lands for nothing other than their own enjoyment, but it will be a clandestine and frowned upon activity. No one will want to admit to being one of those people.

B) Bali and Burma have decided to prohibit tourists from entering certain areas of their countries. New territories are being added to the list of places we cannot explore. Tourism Concern, an international tourist organisation, lists China, Botswana, Belize, Zanzibar, East Africa, Peru and Thailand as having areas that have been adversely affected by tourism. They believe that tourists destroy the environment and local cultures. They also assert that although tourists bring with them their money, they must be stopped at any price.

C) The prohibitions may seem ironic since 40 years ago, tourism was being encouraged as unquestionably good. With the arrival of package holidays and charter flights, tourism could at last be enjoyed by the majority of the population. The United Nations declared 1967 the International Year of the Tourist, and by the 1980s, tourism was the most profitable and fastest-growing industry in the world. By the end of the twentieth century, 20 million families a year went abroad on holiday.

D) Today there are more than 700 million tourists each year. The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) forecasts that, by 2050, there will be 1.56 billion tourists travelling at any one time. These statistics reveal that the challenge to stop more than a billion tourists from going where they want to go is immense. In fact, this task may be so large that it might be impossible.

Question 29 to 33:

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

29) What is the best title for this passage?

A. Tourism and the Environment

B. Adventurers, Tourists and Travellers

C. The Changing Face of Tourism

D. Tourism: Its Advantages and Disadvantages

Complete the questions below.

1967 - United Nations 30) __________ tourism.

Most people could finally 31) __________ package holidays.

1980 - Tourism industry experiences high 32) __________

Today 33) __________ of 700 million tourists each year.

2050 - The WTO's 34) __________ states that there will be 1.56 billion tourists at any time.

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