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BeiJing IELTS Examination Paper: Section A Reading   
                                                     Section B  Writing
 
Date of Examination:2009
 
Please fill these boxes and read what is printed below

Full Name of Centre
 
Family Name
 
Given Name
 
Date of Birth
Day         Month        Year

 

Section A-Reading
50 marks are allocated to this section
Read the 2 texts and answer the questions which follow
Use of a dictionary is NOT permitted
 
Section B-Writing
There is 1 part in this section
40 marks are allocated to this section
 
The examination will last for 1 hour and 20 minutes

 
Section A-Reading
Recommended Time : 40 minutes
Text 1
Read the text below and answer the questions that follow
 
Saving Our Bananas
 
1            Juliet Namuddu has a look of despair on her face. We are standing in her banana plantation in Uganda looking at her banana plants, where the leaves are dry and the fruit is black. “This last year has been awful; my family has suffered since this disease arrived”, Juliet explains.
2            Juliet used to harvest about 10 bunches a week, which was enough to feed her family and sell some in the market. When the disease arrived the productivity of the plants fell. Now she only gets four or five small bunches and she can no longer afford to send her children to school. They can’t afford three meals a day and she is worried that she will soon run out of sugar, soap and salt. She is desperate and very worried about the future.
3            News of the disease first emerged in 2004 although the disease, Banana Wilt (BW), had first appeared in Uganda in 2001 and was more deadly than previous diseases that attacked bananas. It could destroy all fruit on up to 90% of plants and could do this in just in 2 disease was just in 2 districts of Uganda. But in early 2004 it began to spread and by October 2004 had reached 12 districts. It spread quickly across the central area of Uganda and was soon close to the main production areas in the southwest of Uganda.
4            The severe effects of the disease took farmers by surprise. Nobody knew how to control the disease. Some said all the plantations with the disease should be destroyed .Others said only the flowers on an infected plant had to be removed. There were also rumours that only genetic engineering could control it.
5            One thing was certain. If nothing was certain. If nothing was done about the disease it would not only disrupt Uganda’s food security and economy but also create social instability. Officials worried that the disease could be disastrous. The economy would suffer and Uganda would have to import food. The whole area could face a severe food shortage.
6            By May 2005, BW had reached 31 of Uganda’s 56 districts and was close to attacking the main production area. However, a year later, although the disease now affected some important banana growing areas, the destruction that was expected had not taken place. So what happened?
7            Researchers realised that bees played an important part in spreading the disease as they flew from plant to plant. This explained why the disease was so strong in the central areas, where the varieties of banana are more sugary than those in other areas. The bees, which like the sugar, cannot be eradicated and so the disease spreads. Officials are confident that they can control the disease in the less sugary areas. The central areas, however, are still causing problems.
8            Researchers have shown that good plantation management, burying infected plants and removing the flowers of healthy plants can eradicate the disease in a plantation. These measures, however, can be expensive. The other problem is that farmers are not used to these techniques and it is difficult to get them to put these new ideas into practice. Farmers who do use these new techniques have plantation that are now almost free of the disease, and the price of their bananas has risen. Officials hope that by using these farmers as examples, they can encourage others to use similar practices and save Uganda’s bananas.
 

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QUSETIONS
Part 1
Choose the correct answer for each question and tick () one box.
 
1.        Which one of the following statements is true? 

 
 
 

A  The disease first started in Uganda in 2004.□                       Marks
B  The disease can be controlled by genetic engineering. 
C  The disease can destroy fruit in most banana plants.  □ 
D  The disease attacked 56 districts in Uganda.        □ 
                                                                        2       
2.        Which one of the following statements is not true?
A  The disease spread quickly in 2004.         □ 
B  The destruction was less than expected.      
C  Bees are the main carriers of the disease.     □
D  Bananas in the southwest are the most sugary.
                                                                    2
3.        It is difficult to control the disease because: 
A  the bees can’t be controlled or killed.                                 2
B  the flowers need to be buried.          □

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C  the new techniques are always expensive.
D  the price of bananas has risen.          □
 
Part 2                                                                
 

 
 
 
 
 

Provide short answers to the following questions.                             Marks
 
4.        Describe two ways Juliet’s family life has got worse since the disease arrived.
                                                                  
                                                                        4
5.        Which verb in paragraph 3 means “appeared”?
                                                                        2
6.        Which verb in paragraph 5 means “interfere with”?
                                                                        2
7.        Describe two possible effects of the disease in Uganda.
                                                                  
                                                                        4
8.        What two benefits do farmers get when they use the new techniques?
                                                                  
                                                                        4
                               Test 2                                 
 22 Marks
Part 3
9.        Read the text below and write one word for each gap of the text.
 
FLIGHT HEALTH RISKS                        Marks

 
 
 
 

The health risks of air travel will be examined again in a new report by politicians. 
In 2004 they studied the links between flights and              and found there
Was not enough evidence of any major risks, but urged more research in the area.
                                                                        2
After the huge growth in air travel, the government wants to know what has been
done to improve condition on planes. They will look at how to limit the spread of
illnesses, such as flu and SARS, amongst air travelers.
 
The science and Technology Committee’s previous report, Air Travel and Health,
attempted to raise passengers’ understanding of health problems caused by flying.
The report highlighted the need for more research into health risks and to improve
information for              .                                             2
 
The new              will look at what progress has been made and what new      2
health threats have emerged. The new committee chairman said there has been
major growth in the number of              since 2004, and public concern
about possible health risks is “still high”.                                       2

 

So, should we be worrying about flying? Apart from health risks, there is always the
worry of pilot error problems with the plane itself. Unlike most forms of transport ,
which are becoming more dangerous, flying keeps getting              . As long     2
as you pay attention to safety information, do exercises on long flights and watch
your head when removing things from the overhead lockers, you should be fine.
                                               10 Marks               
 
Part 4
In the left hand column in the table you can see different travel advice tips. In the
right hand column you can see the information about each tip. Match the tip to
the information. One has been done for you as an example.
                                                                     Marks

 
Dress down
   J       
A. Drink plenty of water and fruit juices as cabin humidity can cause dry eyes, nose and throat. If possible remove contact lenses and also apply moisturisers and creams.                                        
 
 
 
     
 
 
2
 
 
      2
 
 
 
      2
 
 
      2
 
 
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10
Be prepared
            
B. Some drinks can cause dehydration so keep tea, coffee and alcohol to a minimum.
 
11
Under pressure?
            
C. Get a good night’s sleep before you travel, eat a light meal and take some exercise before arriving at the terminal.
 
12
Hydrate
            
D. Try to give yourself a couple of relaxed days to adjust to new night and day cycles when you arrive. On quick trips, try to adjust your eating and sleeping patterns before leaving home.
 
13
Eat right
       
 
E. If you get motion sickness during take off, landing or with turbulence, focus on a fixed object. Drinking water or pressing your earlobes can also help.
 
14
Drink right
       
F. When traveling across time zones your body’s sleep rhythms can become disrupted. Prepare your body by getting a good night’s sleep.
 
15
Keep moving
       
G. Occasionally your ears may feel ‘blocked’ during take off and landing. To help ease pressure, try sucking a sweet or yawning.
 
16
Feeling?
       
H. Eat a light, well-balanced meal before you travel and a smaller helping than usual on the aircraft. Avoid too much salt and sugar. Eating and drinking to excess can lead to feeling uncomfortable.
 
17
What your body clock
       
I. Keep your circulation going by standing up and walking in the aisle when possible. Slow circulation can cause tiredness, muscle pain and water retention.
 
18
Adjust to new time
       
J. Fell comfortable and help your circulation by wearing clothes and shoes that are not restrictive and help you move about.
 
 
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                                                                    18 Marks
 
Section B Writing
 
 
Read the three tasks below. Answer one task only on the lined answer sheets on page 7-8. Choose
Your task and write the number selected in the box provided on page 7.
 
Recommended Length: 250 words
Recommended Time: 40 minutes
 
Task 1 :Everyday Communication                                         40 Marks                                  
 
You are not happy with your school/college canteen. You have made a list of the problems(see below). Use this list to write a formal letter of complaint to the canteen manager and suggest what improvement need to be made in the these areas. You can also add your own ideas.
 
l         variety of food
l         cost
l         queues
l         service
l         cleanliness
l         air-conditioning
 
OR
Task 2: Work
Your company is planning to move offices. You have been asked by your manager to look at three different choices of new office. Write a report, based on the information below. You should
l         discuss the advantages and disadvantages and disadvantages of each office
l         decide which you would recommend and why
 

 
Office 1
Office 2
Office 3
Rent
£2,000 per month
£3,500 per month
£4,000 per month
Distance from city centre
5km
2km
1km
Size
1000 square metres
800 square metres
900 square metres
Furnished?
Yes-but not suitably
No
Yes
Which floor(s)?
Ground Floor and First Floor
8th  Floor
7th Floor
 
Other points
Transport links not good
Excellent view of the river
Office cleaning is included in the rent

 
OR
Task 3: Study
The following table shows the results of a survey conducted among six different age groups about why they use the Internet.
 

Age group
Stay in touch with friends
Research/study
Shopping/banking
Music/videos
Meeting people
Under 18
80%
50%
6%
85%
3%
18-25
80%
85%
30%
85%
25%
26-40
50%
14%
65%
15%
20%
41-55
61%
12%
42%
12%
36%
56-65
65%
31%
4%
8%
32%
65+
43%
18%
2%
10%
16%

 
Write a report highlighting the main differences the main differences between age groups and suggesting possible reasons for these differences.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Task Number        
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[END OF SECTION  B-WRITING]
[END OF QUESTION PAPER]
 

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