Cambridge 13 Academic Test 3

READING PASSAGE 1 : Questions 1-13

Complete the table below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1-8 on your answer sheet.






up to 30 metres

timber for houses and the making of 1.


up to 6 metres long

to make brushes


at the top of the trunk

stems provide sap, used as a drink or a source of 2.


outer layer


middle layer (coir fibres)

used for 3.

Inner layer (shell)

a source of 4.

(when halved) for 5.

coconut water

a drink

a source of 6.  for other plants

coconut flesh

oil and milk for cooking and 7.

glycerine (an ingredient in 8. )

Questions 9-13

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 1?

In boxes 9-13 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

9. Coconut seeds need shade in order to germinate.

10. Coconuts were probably transported to Asia from America in the 16th century.

11 Coconuts found on the west coast of America were a different type from those found on the east coast.

12. All the coconuts found in Asia are cultivated varieties.

13. Coconuts are cultivated in different ways in America and the Pacific.

READING PASSAGE 2 : Questions 14-26

Look at the following ideas (Questions 14-17) and the list of researchers below.

Match each idea with the correct researcher, AB or C.

Write the correct letter, AB or C, in boxes 14-17 on your answer sheet.

NB  You may use any letter more than once.

14. the importance of adults giving babies individual attention when talking to them

15. the connection between what babies hear and their own efforts to create speech

16. the advantage for the baby of having two parents each speaking in a different way

17. the connection between the amount of baby talk babies hear and how much vocalising they do themselves

Questions 18-23

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 18-23 on your answer sheet.

Research into how parents talk to babies

Researchers at Washington State University used 18, together with specialised computer programs, to analyse how parents interacted with their babies during a normal day. The study revealed that 19 tended not to modify their ordinary speech patterns when interacting with their babies. According to an idea known as the 20, they may use a more adult type of speech to prepare infants for the language they will hear outside the family home. According to the researchers, hearing baby talk from one parent and ‘normal’ language from the other expands the baby’s 21of types of speech which they can practise.

Meanwhile, another study carried out by scientists from the University of Washington and the University of Connecticut recorded speech and sound using special 22 that the babies were equipped with. When they studies the babies again at age two, the found that those who had heard a lot of baby talk in infancy had a much larger 23 Than those who had not.

Questions 24-26

Reading Passage 2 has six paragraphs, A-F.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 24-26 on your answer sheet.

24. a reference to a change which occurs in babies’ brain activity before the end of their first year.

25. an example of what some parents do for their baby’s benefit before birth

26. a mention of babies’ preference for the sounds that other babies make

READING PASSAGE 3 : Questions 27-40

Reading Passage 3 has eight paragraphs, A-H.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-H, in boxes 27-31 on your answer sheet.

NB  You may use any letter more than once

27. proposed explanations for the decline of the Harappan Civilisation

28. reference to a present-day application of some archaeological research findings

29. a difference between the Harappan Civilisation and another culture of the same period

30. a description of some features of Harappan urban design

31. reference to the discovery of errors made by previous archaeologists

Questions 32-36

Complete the summary below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 32-36 on your answer sheet.

Looking at evidence of climate change

Yama Dixit and David Hodell have found the first definitive evidence of climate change affecting the plains of north-western India thousands of years ago. By collecting the 32.  of snails and analysing them, they discovered evidence of a change in water levels in a 33.  in the region. This occurred when there was less 34.  than evaporation, and suggests that there was an extended period of drought. Petrie and Singh’s team are using archaeological records to look at 35.  from five millennia ago, in order to know whether people had adapted their agricultural practices to changing climatic conditions. They are also examining objects including 36.  , so as to find out about links between inhabitants of different parts of the region and whether these changed over time.

Questions 37-40

Complete the summary below.

Look at the following statements (Questions 38-40) and the list of researchers below.

Match each statement with the correct researcher, ABC or D.

Write the correct letter, ABC or D, in boxes 37-40 on your answer sheet.

NB  You may use any letter more than once.

37. Finding further information about changes to environmental conditions in the region is vital.

38. Examining previous patterns of behaviour may have long-term benefits.

39. Rough calculations indicate the approximate length of a period of water shortage.

40. Information about the decline of the Harappan Civilisation has been lacking.

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