Cambridge 18 Academic Reading Test 1

Reading Passage 1

Questions 1-3

Complete the sentences below.

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

Write your answers in boxes 1-3 on your answer sheet.

Urban Farming in Paris

1   Vertical tubes are used to grow strawberries, , and herbs.

2   There will eventually be a daily harvest of as much as in weight of fruit and vegetables.

3   It may be possible that the farm’s produce will account for as much as 10% of the city’s overall.

Questions 4-7

Complete the table below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 4-7 on your answer sheet.

Intensive farming versus aeroponic urban farming





Intensive farming

●   wide range of 4 used

●   techniques pollute air

●   quality not good

●   varieties of fruit and vegetables chosen that can survive long 5

●   6 receive very little of overall income

Aeroponic urban farming

●   no soil used

●   nutrients added to water, which is recycled

●   produce chosen because of its 7


Questions 8-13

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

In boxes 8-13 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

8   Urban farming can take place above or below ground.

9 Some of the equipment used in aeroponic farming can be made by hand.

10 Urban farming relies more on electricity than some other types of farming.

11 Fruit and vegetables grown on an aeroponic urban farm are cheaper than traditionally grown organic produce.

12 Most produce can be grown on an aeroponic urban farm at any time of the year.

13 Beans take longer to grow on an urban farm than other vegetables.


Questions 14-18

Reading Passage 2 has seven paragraphs, A-G.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 14-18 on your answer sheet.

NB   You may use any letter more than once.

14   bad outcomes for a forest when people focus only on its financial reward

15 reference to the aspects of any tree that contribute to its worth

16 mention of the potential use of wood to help run vehicles

17 examples of insects that attack trees

18 an alternative name for trees that produce low-use wood

Questions 19-21

Look at the following purposes (Questions 18-21) and the list of timber cuts below.
Match each purpose with the correct timber cut, AB or C.
Write the correct letter, AB or C, in boxes 19-21 on your answer sheet.
NB   You may use any letter more than once.
List of Timber Cuts
A     a TSI Cut
    a Salvage Cut
    a Shelterwood Cut
19   to remove trees that are diseased

20 to generate income across a number of years

21   to create a forest whose trees are close in age

Questions 22-26

Complete the sentences below.
Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 22-26 on your answer sheet.
22   Some dead wood is removed to avoid the possibility of .
23   The from the tops of cut trees can help improve soil quality.
24   Some damaged trees should be left, as their provide habitats for a range of creatures.
25   Some trees that are small, such as , are a source of food for animals and insects.
26   Any trees that are should be left to grow, as they add to the variety of species in the forest.


Questions 27-31
Reading Passage 3 has six sections, A-F.
Which section contains the following information?
Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 27-31 on your answer sheet.
27 a reference to the cooperation that takes place to try and minimise risk

28 an explanation of a person’s aims

29 a description of a major collision that occurred in space

30 a comparison between tracking objects in space and the efficiency of a transportation system

31 a reference to efforts to classify space junk

Questions 32-35

Complete the summary below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 32-35 on your answer sheet.

The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

The committee gives advice on how the 32 of space can be achieved. The committee advises that when satellites are no longer active, any unused 33 or pressurised material that could cause 34 should be removed.

Although operators of large satellite constellations accept that they have obligations as stewards of space, Holger Krag points out that the operators that become 35 are unlikely to prioritise removing their satellites from space.

Questions 36-40

Look at the following statements (Questions 36-40) and the list of people below.

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

Write the correct letter, ABC or D, in boxes 36-40 on your answer sheet.

NB   You may use any letter more than once.

List of People

    Carolin Frueh

B     Holger Krag

C     Marlon Sorge

D     Moriba Jah

36   Knowing the exact location of space junk would help prevent any possible danger.

37 Space should be available to everyone and should be preserved for the future.

38 A recommendation regarding satellites is widely ignored.

39 There is conflicting information about where some satellites are in space.

40 There is a risk we will not be able to undo the damage that occurs in space.

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