Monday, 21 January 2013

Approaching IELTS Reading - Short answer questions

Costa Rica is one of the most prosperous countries in Central America. There are high educational standards and a high life expectancy (about 74 years for men and 79 years for women). Agriculture employs 19% of the people. Costa Rica’s natural resources include its forests, but it lacks minerals apart from some bauxite and manganese. Manufacturing is increasing. The United States is Cost Rica’s main trading partner.

Answer the questions below.
1. How long, on average, does a Cotsa Rican woman live? 79 years
2. What proportion of Costa Ricans are farmers? 19%
3. Which natural resources does Costa Rica have few of? Minerals
4. Which economic activity is growing in Costa Rica? Manufacturing
5. Which country does Costa Rica do most business with? The United States
  • The questions are in passage order.
  • Use the exact words that are in the passage.
  • Question words include: who, how many, for what purpose, how much, how often, what, why, how, what proportion?
Sample reading passage taken from Skills for IELTS Foundation p.39


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