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IELTS Academic Reading

The reading comprehension section focuses on sentence completion based of a sample paragraph. The passage will be preceded by a brief context review. Take the time to read the opening review of the passage before jumping into the passage. This will help give you the right framework for the passage. Consequently, the questions will make more sense about the passage.

You do have time to read the passage and not skim over the passage. Test questions distracters are set-up for skimmers. Even slow readers can complete the reading passages and have a good opportunity to answer the passage due to the fact they understand the passage. Five answer choices are presented and only one choice is the correct answer.

Sample IELTS Test Paragraph Comprehension

Frank Tower, have you ever heard of him? He is the questionable figure who supposedly survived three doomed ships in the 1900's. Some consider him one of the luckiest men alive. He was touted to be a middle-aged fireman in the engine room. Some considered him an ordinary, hardworking person, but he had the ability to avoid dying in some of the most horrendous ocean liner accidents ever recorded.

He was said to have once been a crew member on the Titanic at the time that the ship hit the iceberg. Two years later, he was working on the Empress of Ireland when she collided with the Storstad. Over one thousand people died in that disaster. He was then employed in May of 1915 on the Lusitania when it was hit by a U-20 torpedo. He apparently lived through that without a scratch as well. If you are beginning to doubt this man's existence, you are probably not to far from the truth. No records have been found ever listing a man by Frank Towers working on any of the three ships.

The legend of Frank Towers seems to be another case of an urban folk tale, humanity's desire to see triumph over a tragic situation. Fact or fiction, Frank Towers is one of the multiple characters that help color the history books.

IELTS Academic Reading

Use Answer choices A-C for all of the following choices:

1. Frank Towers legend continues to
2. The Lusitania is considered to
3. The power of a myth can


A. be considered legendary.
B. a mighty ship that sank in 1915.
C. grow as history books develop his tales.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014