Cambridge 19 Academic Reading Test 2

Reading Passage 1 : Questions 1-13

Questions 1–7

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 1–7 on your answer sheet.

Britain’s Industrial Revolution

Steam power

  • Newcomen’s steam engine was used in mines to remove water.
  • In Watt and Boulton’s steam engine, the movement of the 1 was linked to a gear system.
  • A greater supply of 2 was required to power steam engines.

Textile industry

  • Before the Industrial Revolution, spinners and weavers worked at home and in 3 .
  • Not as much 4 was needed to produce cloth once the spinning jenny and power loom were invented.

Iron industry

  • Smelting of iron ore with coke resulted in material that was better 5 .
  • Demand for iron increased with the growth of the 6 .


  • Cooke and Wheatstone patented the first telegraphy system.
  • The telegraphy system was used to prevent locomotives colliding.


  • Small towns turned into cities very quickly.
  • The new cities were dirty, crowded and lacked sufficient 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 Britain’s canal network grew rapidly so that more goods could be transported around the country.

9 Costs in the iron industry rose when the technique of smelting iron ore with coke was introduced.

10 Samuel Morse’s communication system was more reliable than that developed by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone.

11 The economic benefits of industrialisation were limited to certain sectors of society.

12 Some skilled weavers believed that the introduction of the new textile machines would lead to job losses.

13 There was some sympathy among local people for the Luddites who were arrested near Huddersfield.

Reading Passage 2 : Questions 14–26

Reading Passage 2 has six paragraphs, A–F.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A–F, in boxes 14–18 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

14 reference to two chemical compounds which impact on performance
15 examples of strategies for minimising the effects of stress
16 how a sportsperson accounted for their own experience of stress
17 study results indicating links between stress responses and performance
18 mention of people who can influence how athletes perceive their stress responses

Questions 19–22

Complete the sentences below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 19–22 on your answer sheet.

19 Performance stress involves many demands on the athlete, for example, coping with the possible risk of .
20 Cortisol can cause tennis players to produce fewer good .
21 Psychologists can help athletes to view their physiological responses as the effect of a positive feeling such as .
22 is an example of a psychological technique which can reduce an athlete’s stress responses.

Questions 23 and 24

Choose TWO letters, A–E.

Write the correct letters in boxes 23 and 24 on your answer sheet.

Which TWO facts about Emma Raducanu’s withdrawal from the Wimbledon tournament are mentioned in the text?

Questions 25 and 26

Choose TWO letters, A–E.

Write the correct letters in boxes 25 and 26 on your answer sheet.

Which TWO facts about anxiety are mentioned in Paragraph E of the text?

Questions 27–32

Complete the summary using the list of phrases, A–K, below.

Write the correct letter, A–K, in boxes 27–32 on your answer sheet.

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani is regarded as 27 in the field of mathematics because she was the only female holder of the prestigious Fields Medal – a record that she retained at the time of her death. However, maths held little 28 for her as a child and in fact her performance was below average until she was 29 by a difficult puzzle that one of her siblings showed her.

Later, as a professional mathematician, she had an inquiring mind and proved herself to be 30 when things did not go smoothly. She said she got the greatest 31 from making ground-breaking discoveries and in fact she was responsible for some extremely 32 mathematical studies.

A appeal

B determined

C intrigued

D single

E achievement

F devoted

G involved

H unique

I innovative

J satisfaction

K intent


Questions 33–37

Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in Reading Passage 3?

In boxes 33–37 on your answer sheet, write:

YES if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
NO if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

33 Many people who ended up winning prestigious intellectual prizes only reached an average standard when young.

34 Einstein’s failures as a young man were due to his lack of confidence.

35 It is difficult to reach agreement on whether some children are actually born gifted.

36 Einstein was upset by the public’s view of his life’s work.

37 Einstein put his success down to the speed at which he dealt with scientific questions.

Questions 38–40

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 38–40 on your answer sheet.

38 What does Eyre believe is needed for children to equal ‘gifted’ standards?

39 What is the result of Ericsson’s research?

40 In the penultimate paragraph, it is stated the key to some deprived children’s success is

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