Speaking : Read aloud

FOR THIS ITEM TYPE, YOU NEED TO READ A WRITTEN TEXT ALOUD.

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to prepare,depending on the length of the passage. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

You are only able to record your response once.

If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop.

1. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Water covers over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and constitutes almost 70% of our bodies. This profound organic association appears to trigger a quick reaction in our brains when we’re close to water. Indeed, the mere sight and sound of water can incite a surge of neurochemicals that promote well-being and induce relaxation.


2. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

In Brazil, it is unlawful to chop down a Brazil nut tree. Thus, they can be found outside manufacturing plants, homes and on the sidewalks. The fruits are very heavy and rigid; when the fruits fall, they pose a serious threat to vehicles and people passing under the tree. Brazil nut fruits sink in fresh water, which can cause clogging of waterways.


3. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Permafrost is ground that is frozen year-round. In the Arctic, ice-rich permafrost soils can be up to 260 feet thick. Due to human-caused warming of the atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions, a steady thawing of the permafrost is currently taking place where the upper layer of seasonally thawed soil is gradually getting thicker and reaching deeper into the ground.


4. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

W.H.O has issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result. The move aims to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines, drugs and medical devices for use by populations are supported by the best available evidence.


5. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Buying directly from farmers at markets allows you to understand the processes that make up food systems, gives you insight into the seasons and the land, and creates a connection between you and the people who grow your food. Small-scale farms conserve soil and important fields, meadows, and surrounding open spaces that are crucial to maintaining a healthy environment.


6. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Nearly anyone living in eastern North America, who has ventured beyond their porch, has had at least one unpleasant encounter with poison ivy. While best known for the irritating skin rash produced by contact with an oil in its leaves, poison ivy is also an important source of food and cover for wildlife.


7. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Avocados are native to Central and South America. The popularity of the avocado is down to its rich, creamy, velvety texture and mild flavour. There are dozens of varieties of avocado ranging in size, colour and texture. When harvested, the flesh softens to a buttery texture that has become extremely popular in everything from toast toppings to desserts.


8. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Pineapple plants usually require a lot of water to grow and more when they set their fruit. They should then be watered frequently all over their leaves. They should then be treated with more caution because too much water would be detrimental to the ripening of the fruit, which would become watery, transparent and of inferior taste and smell.


9. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Calcium plays an extremely important role in the production of plant tissues and enables plants to grow better. It is responsible for keeping the cell walls of plants together. It is also crucial in activating signals that coordinate certain cellular activities. Calcium also increases the resistance to external attacks and increases the feed value of forage crops to livestock.


10. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Blue whales are the largest living mammals. Though reports of maximum length and weight vary from one account to another, Antarctic blue whales are known to have reached lengths to 100 feet and weights of over 150 tons before stocks were severely depleted by whaling operations. North Atlantic blue whales may be expected to reach lengths of 80-85 feet.


11. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

The attempt to gain a ” perfect ” understanding of all the material can overwhelm and paralyze you. Flexible thinking is a skill that you will develop with practice, not with extreme studies. Construct and follow a reasonable study plan. Remember that examiners are testing what you can be reasonably be expected to know — a finite and manageable amount of work.

12. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

The fertility of the soil and the climatic conditions of the southern coasts of the Australian continent are very favourable for the introduction of new species. The settlers took advantage of this fact to a great extent and cultivated the most useful fruit trees and vegetables of Europe on a large scale.

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