PTE Reading Practice Test A

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    Welcome to your PTE Reading Practice Test A

    A.Liberal is conservative in a moderate Midwestern kind of way which is changing fast due to big National Beef Packing plant which relies on Hispanic migrants and thus four-fifths of the children in Liberal’s public-school system are Hispanic.

    B.Liberal’s mayor, Joe Denoyer, who was raised in a Democratic family near Chicago and moved to Liberal in search of work.

    C.This should make the town receptive to Democrats, but Mr. Trump easily won the county of which it forms part.

    D.Mr. Denoyer voted for Mr. Trump by being impressed by his promise, though he thinks it unlikely that the president will keep his promises.

    E.The town of Liberal is said to have been named for an early settler famous among travelers for being free with drinking water.
    A. With these, hunters could approach Belugas within hunting range and profit from its inner skin and blubber.

    B. Belugas seem to have used their well-known sensitivity to noise to evolve an ‘avoidance’ strategy to outsmart hunters and their powerful technologies.

    C. To escape an approaching motor, Belugas have learned to dive to the ocean bottom and stay there for up to 20 minutes, by which time the confused predator has left.

    D. Today, however, even with much more powerful engines, it is difficult to come close, because the whales seem to disappear suddenly just when you thought you had them in your sights.

    E. High-powered outboard motors were considered to be one of the major threats to the survival of the Beluga whales.

    F. When the first outboard engines arrived in the early 1930s, one came across 4 and 8 HP motors.

     
    A. Her comprehension of language is therefore very high.

    B. According to recent research, the critical period for developing language skills is between the ages of three and five and a half years.

    C. The read-to child already has a large vocabulary and a sense of grammar and sentence structure.

    D. Children who are read to in these years have a far better chance of reading well in school, indeed, of doing well in all their subjects.

    E. And the reason is actually quite simple.

    F. This correlation is far and away the highest yet found between home influences and school success.
    About three million young people in the United States are ………….. in cheerleading. People often think of cheerleaders when they think of school spirit.Cheerleaders are a …………….. at football games and other sports events. They help get the crowds excited for their team.In the past, cheerleading at American schools mostly involved shouting cheers and jumping up and down. But cheerleading has …………. into a sport of its own.The moves are more physical.Cheerleaders, for example, are often thrown into the air.The ……………. of modern cheerleading has led to more injuries.A new study shows that the number nationwide increased one hundred ten percent during the years examined.It says hospital emergency rooms ……………… more than two hundred thousand cheerleaders between 1990 and 2002.

    tradition | involved | | grown | part | difficulty | treated |complexity | admitted |
    The American Civil War began in 1861 as a ………… over the right of states to leave the Union. President Abraham Lincoln firmly ………….. that a state did not have that right. And he declared war on the southern states that tried to leave.Lincoln had only one reason to fight: to save the Union. In time, however, there was another reason to fight: to free the black people held as slaves in the South.Lincoln had tried to keep the ………….. of slavery out of the war. He feared it would ……………… the northern war effort. Many men throughout the North would fight to save the Union. They would not fight to free the slaves.

    thought | struggle | believed | hamper | issue | weaken | demand |
    The use of valuable stones like diamonds goes back thousands of years. Rulers of many ancient ………….. used gemstones to show wealth and importance. Diamonds still …………… power and fame. Rich and famous people around the world wear diamonds. And, most women in the United States receive a diamond ring when they agree to a marriage proposal.Diamonds are ………….. from the Earth. They are cut, made to shine and then sold at high prices. The nation of South Africa is ………… for its supply of diamonds. For generations, men have gone deep down into the Earth to bring out the rough stones. It is very …………… and dangerous work.

    demanding | signify | cultures | exploited | represent | mined | famous | difficult | supplier|
    1.In this world of human affairs there is no worse nuisance than a boy at the stage of adolescence. He is neither ornamental nor useful. It is impossible to shower Blank 1 on him as on a little boy, and he is always getting in the way. If he talks with a childish lisp he is called a baby, and if he answers in a Blank 2 way he is called impertinent. In fact, any talk at all from him is resented. Then he is at the unattractive, growing age. He grows out of his clothes with indecent Blank 3, his voice grows hoarse and breaks, and quavers, his face grows suddenly angular and unsightly. It is easy to excuse the shortcomings of early childhood, but it is hard to tolerate even unavoidable lapses in a boy of fourteen. The lad himself becomes painfully Blank 4. When he talks with elderly people he is either unduly forward, or else so unduly shy that he appears ashamed of his very existence.
    Yet it is at this very age when in his heart of hearts, a young lad craves most for recognition and love; and he becomes the devoted slave of anyone who shows him consideration. But none dare openly love him, for that would be regarded as undue indulgence and is therefore bad for the boy, so what with Blank 5 and chiding, he becomes very much like a stray dog that has lost his master.

    1 .consideration ,devotion ,affection ,recognition ,tasks

    2 .childlike, grown-up, crisp, studious, brilliant

    3 .taste, waste, waist, haste, gait

    4 .self-conscious , vigilant ,rebellious ,lost ,slow

    5 .praising ,Devotion ,beatings ,distractions, scolding
    Music means a pleasing modulation of sounds. The poets and novelists have used the term for figurative sense – as the music of forest, the music of the brook. Music has to do with Blank 1, sounds selected on account of their musical quality and relations. These tones again, before becoming music in the artistic sense, must be so joined together, set in order, controlled by the human Blank 2, that they express sentiment. Every manifestation of musical art has two elements: first a befitting selection of tones and, second, the use of them for expressing Blank 3 and feelings. Hence, the practical art of music like every other fine art has its two elements an outer or technical, where trained intelligence rules, and teaching and study are the Blank 4 means of progress; and an inner, the imagination and musical feeling, which can indeed be strengthened by Blank 5 experience in hearing, but which when wanting cannot be supplied by the teacher or the laws of their action reduced to satisfactory statement.

    1. sounds,voices,tones,rhymes

    2. imagination,invigoration,intuitation,inspiration

    3. ideas,sentiments,thoughts,experiences

    4. measureable,impressive,principal,subsidiary

    5. judicious,thoughtful,astute,canny

    A new ‘super-Earth’ has been discovered that could have a life-supporting climate and water. The planet, given the catchy name HD 40307g, was discovered in a multi-world solar system 42 light years from the Sun and lies at exactly the right distance from its star to allow liquid surface water. It orbits well within the star’s “habitable” or “Goldilocks” zone – the region where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold to sustain life.

    Professor Hugh Jones, from the University of Hertfordshire said: “The longer orbit of the new planet means that its climate and atmosphere may be just right to support life. Just as Goldilocks liked her porridge to be neither too hot nor too cold but just right, this planet or indeed any moons that is has lie in an orbit comparable to Earth, increasing the probability of it being habitable.” The ‘super earth’ is one of six planets believed to circle the dwarf star HD 40307 in the constellation Pictor. All the others are located outside the habitable zone, too close to their parent star to support liquid water.

    Why is it thought that the planet may be able to support life?
    Dennis Tito, an American engineer, and multimillionaire was the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. In 2001, he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station, after being accepted by the Russian Federal Space Agency as a candidate for a commercial spaceflight. Tito met criticism from NASA before the launch, primarily from Daniel Goldin, at that time the Administrator of NASA, who considered it inappropriate for a tourist to take a ride into space.

    In the decade since Dennis Tito journeyed to the International Space Station, eight private citizens have paid the $20 million fee to travel to space, but it is believed that this number could increase fifteen-fold by 2020. A web-based survey suggested that over 70% of those surveyed were interested in traveling to space, 88% wanted to spacewalk, and 21% liked the idea of staying in a space hotel.

    What would be the best title for the above passage from the list below?

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