3 questões de Leitura do IELTS comentadas

Quer treinar suas habilidades de Leitura em inglês e ainda se preparar para o IELTS? Então confira esses 3 exemplos de questões (e “subquestões”) dessa seção da prova que separamos pra você, com explicações e também com a resposta de cada uma! Note, no entanto, que essas são questões de Leitura do IELTS General Training. Isso quer dizer que elas diferem, principalmente no conteúdo, do Academic Reading.

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Questões de Leitura do IELTS comentadas

Para as questões de Leitura do IELTS nesse post, vamos utilizar como referência o texto a seguir. Apesar de ser um pouco longo, ele é exatamente do tamanho das passagens que você vai encontrar no teste propriamente dito. Leia com atenção!

Life lessons from villains, crooks and gangsters

(A) A notorious Mexican drug baron’s audacious escape from prison in July doesn’t, at first, appear to have much to teach corporate boards. But some in the business world suggest otherwise. Beyond the morally reprehensible side of criminals' work, some business gurus say organised crime syndicates, computer hackers, pirates and others operating outside the law could teach legitimate corporations a thing or two about how to hustle and respond to rapid change.

(B) Far from encouraging illegality, these gurus argue that – in the same way big corporations sometimes emulate start-ups – business leaders could learn from the underworld about flexibility, innovation and the ability to pivot quickly. “There is a nimbleness to criminal organisations that legacy corporations [with large, complex layers of management] don’t have,” said Marc Goodman, head of the Future Crimes Institute and global cyber-crime advisor. While traditional businesses focus on rules they have to follow, criminals look to circumvent them. “For criminals, the sky is the limit and that creates the opportunity to think much, much bigger.”

(C) Joaquin Guzman, the head of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, for instance, slipped out of his prison cell through a tiny hole in his shower that led to a mile-long tunnel fitted with lights and ventilation. Making a break for it required creative thinking, long-term planning and perseverance – essential skills similar to those needed to achieve success in big business.

(D) While Devin Liddell, who heads brand strategy for Seattle-based design consultancy, Teague, condemns the violence and other illegal activities he became curious as to how criminal groups endure. Some cartels stay in business despite multiple efforts by law enforcement on both sides of the US border and millions of dollars from international agencies to shut them down. Liddell genuinely believes there’s a lesson in longevity here. One strategy he underlined was how the bad guys respond to change. In order to bypass the border between Mexico and the US, for example, the Sinaloa cartel went to great lengths. It built a vast underground tunnel, hired family members as border agents and even used a catapult to circumvent a high-tech fence.

(E) By contrast, many legitimate businesses fail because they hesitate to adapt quickly to changing market winds. One high-profile example is movie and game rental company Blockbuster, which didn’t keep up with the market and lost business to mail order video rentals and streaming technologies. The brand has all but faded from view. Liddell argues the difference between the two groups is that criminal organisations often have improvisation encoded into their daily behaviour, while larger companies think of innovation as a set process. “This is a leadership challenge,” said Liddell. “How well companies innovate and organise is a reflection of leadership.”

Left-field thinking

(F) Cash-strapped start-ups also use unorthodox strategies to problem solve and build their businesses up from scratch. This creativity and innovation is often borne out of necessity, such as tight budgets. Both criminals and start-up founders “question authority, act outside the system and see new and clever ways of doing things,” said Goodman. “Either they become Elon Musk or El Chapo.” And, some entrepreneurs aren’t even afraid to operate in legal grey areas in their effort to disrupt the marketplace. The co-founders of music streaming service Napster, for example, knowingly broke music copyright rules with their first online file sharing service, but their technology paved the way for legal innovation as regulators caught up.

(G) Goodman and others believe thinking hard about problem solving before worrying about restrictions could prevent established companies falling victim to rivals less constrained by tradition. In their book The Misfit Economy, Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips examine how individuals can apply that mindset to become more innovative and entrepreneurial within corporate structures. They studied not just violent criminals like Somali pirates, but others who break the rules in order to find creative solutions to their business problems, such as people living in the slums of Mumbai or computer hackers. They picked out five common traits among this group: the ability to hustle, pivot, provoke, hack and copycat.

(H) Clay gives a Saudi entrepreneur named Walid Abdul-Wahab as a prime example. Abdul-Wahab worked with Amish farmers to bring camel milk to American consumers even before US regulators approved it. Through perseverance, he eventually found a network of Amish camel milk farmers and started selling the product via social media. Now his company, Desert Farms, sells to giant mainstream retailers like Whole Foods Market. Those on the fringe don’t always have the option of traditional, corporate jobs and that forces them to think more creatively about how to make a living, Clay said. They must develop grit and resilience in order to last outside the cushy confines of cubicle life. “In many cases scarcity is the mother of invention,” Clay said.

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Questões 14-21

The Reading Passage has eight paragraphs A-H. Match the headings below with the paragraphs. Write the correct letter, A-H, in boxes 14-21 on your answer sheet.

14. Jailbreak with creative thinking ________
15. Five common traits among rule-breakers ________
16. Comparison between criminals and traditional businessmen ________
17. Can drug baron's escape teach legitimate corporations? ________
18. Great entrepreneur ________
19. How criminal groups deceive the law ________
20. The difference between legal and illegal organisations  ________
21. Similarity between criminals and start-up founders ________

As questões de Leitura do IELTS são separadas por tipo. No caso dessa pergunta, ela se encaixa no tipo “Matching Paragraph Information” (Correspondência de Informação do Parágrafo). Aqui, tudo o que você precisa fazer é observar algumas informações fornecidas e indicar em qual parágrafo elas se encaixam. Para treinar para esse tipo de questão, você deve ler bastante, sempre com atenção e, depois, colocar em prática sua leitura dinâmica!


14. C
15. G
16. B
17. A
18. H
19. D
20. E
21. F

Questões 22-25

Complete the sentences below.

Write ONLY ONE WORD from the passage for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 22–25 on your answer sheet.

22. To escape from a prison, Joaquin Guzman had to use such traits as creative thinking, long-term planning and __________.
23. The Sinaloa cartel built a grand underground tunnel and even used a __________ to avoid the fence.
24. The main difference between two groups is that criminals, unlike large corporations, often have __________ encoded into their daily life.
25. Due to being persuasive, Walid Abdul-Wahab found a __________ of Amish camel milk farmers.

Aqui temos uma questão de “Sentence Completion”, outro dos tipos de questões de Leitura do IELTS. Nela, você vai encontrar uma frase incompleta. A partir de então, é preciso completá-la com palavras retiradas do próprio texto. Portanto, você precisa mapear rapidamente a frase incompleta e encontrá-la num local específico da passagem, para, então, descobrir a resposta correta. É preciso se atentar, sempre, ao limite de palavras dado no enunciado da questão.


22. Perseverance
23. Catapult
24. Improvisation
25. Network

Questão 26

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

26. The main goal of this article is to:

A. Show different ways of illegal activity
B. Give an overview of various criminals and their gangs
C. Draw a comparison between legal and illegal business, providing
D. Justify criminals with creative thinking

A última das nossas questões de Leitura do IELTS é uma das “Multiple Choice Questions”, que pede que você resuma a ideia geral do texto. Nesse caso, você deve apontar a alternativa que mais se aproxima do que foi pedido no enunciado. Aqui, por exemplo, a resposta correta é a C, “Draw a comparison between legal and illegal business, providing examples”, uma vez que a passagem discute os negócios legais e ilegais, e ainda dá exemplos, como o do empresário árabe Walid Abdul-Wahab.


26. C

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