12. March 2020.

IELTS Placement Test Reading

IELTS Placement Test Reading consists of two parts: the first is Reading Task with 2 texts and 17 questions and the second is Language Production, also with 17 questions.

You should spend no more than 45 minutes for all sections.

After the completed tasks you will receive a personalized email with the results and a corresponding IELTS score.

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You should spend NO MORE THAN 30 minutes on Reading Texts 1 and 2.


    Reading Text 1

    • The planet Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love, is the second closest planet to the Sun (Mercury is the closest), and the second brightest natural object in the night sky (after the Moon).From Earth, Venus is brightest just after sunset and just before dawn. Because of this, the planet is often known as the Morning Star or the Evening Star. Venus is also sometimes known as the Earth's sister, because both planets share similarities in terms of size - Venus' surface area and volume are just a little smaller than Earth's. However, scientists believe that, several billion years ago, Venus and Earth were much more similar than they are today. Back then, Venus atmosphere was more like Earth's, and there was almost certainly water in liquid form on the surface. Over time, Venus became hotter, and this water evaporated. Today, the planet's surface is a dry, dusty desert.Above the ground on Venus are sulphuric acid clouds. These thick clouds prevent the surface of the planet being seen from Earth. Indeed, it is only in the last few decades that scientists have discovered what the surface of the planet is really like. In the early 1990s, NASA's Magellan spacecraft mapped the surface of Venus in detail for the first time. Its radar images of hills, ridges and craters are almost photographic in their quality.

    Complete the sentences with NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the Reading Text 1 for each sentence.


    Reading Text 2

    • In 1908, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes became the first scientist to produce liquid helium, achieving the lowest temperatures recorded up to that point. A number of researchers had suggested that materials behave differently at very low temperatures, and this substance was important in allowing experiments that confirmed it. Working with solid mercury, Onnes demonstrated the phenomenon of superconductivity. This is when the electrical resistance of the metal drops suddenly to zero. No energy is lost as an electric current travels through the material, making it very efficient for storing or transmitting power. Since the work done by Onnes, other superconducting materials have been discovered that can be used at higher temperatures and which are therefore more economical.There are a number of practical applications of superconducting materials. Many of these applications are based on the fact that materials can be made into extremely powerful electromagnets. These are used in scientific experiments to direct beams of particles. They also form part of maglev trains - trains that float a small distance above the rails because of magnetic forces. Because there is no contact between the rail and the train, this form of transport is capable of very high speed, although it is unlikely to be in widespread use until costs drop considerably.

    Do the following sentences agree with the information given in the Reading Text 2?


    Complete the sentences with NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the Reading Text 2 for each sentence.


    You should spend NO MORE THAN 20 minutes on Language Production.


      Language Production