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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Will the correct answer be revealed?

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CORRECT ANSWER FROM SIMON:

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The sentence below introduces the author's scepticism (i.e. the author has doubts about the idea that 'big data' can solve society's problems):

This is an approach that focuses narrowly on “what works” without ever troubling to ask: “works for whom?”

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B 13 35
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Total 37 100

It means that less than 50% of students gave the right answer. I don't think that it is fair to include such questions in the IELTS Test for English Second Language learners.
Simon, could you be so kind and comment my post.

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It refers to the concept that any problem ... can be solved by collecting some tightly focused data

How data can be used to improve society

Viktor

IELTS is commonly used for entry to university courses, registration for professional jobs such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, accountants, lawyers, engineers, pharmacists and so on, where a very good standard of English is necessary. Often the required Band is 7.0 or 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each area (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing). It is absolutely essential in such jobs that incumbents can understand, write, and speak clear and precise English in order to do the job properly.

This is an absolute requirement and so the pass rate for students is irrelevant.

IELTS is also used for immigration purposes, and again this is an absolute requirement, so that government is not left having to educate economic migrants.

Most students are attempting to achieve a result at 6.5 or above, and anyway, Simon's questions reflect what is to be expected in the exam.

To Klaus

Thank you for response

Reading is my strongest asset (I achieved 8.5 twice and 7.5 once in my last three attempts) but some questions still make me confused. In this one I would prefer answer A.

@ Viktor

To get 8.5 in reading one needs to get about 38 answers correct out of 40. There will always be two questions aimed at distinguishing a level 9.0 student from a level 8.5, so to achieve this a few questions must be quite tough, in the sense that one needs to understand the precise nuances of the wording.

@ Klaus

I agree with you, Klaus. Maybe these two answers distinguish me from native speakers)))

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