Reading for Information

Reading for Information

Read the following information.

CELPIP Reading Part 3: Reading for Information Reading Samples

CELPIP Reading Part 3: Reading for Information Reading Samples

A  According to a study published in 1993 by the European Federation for Transport and Environment, car travel is seven times more expensive than rail travel in terms of external social costs such as traffic, accidents, pollution, loss of cropland and natural habitats, depletion of oil resources, and so on. Cars, on the other hand, easily outperform trains and buses as a versatile and handy source of personal transportation. It is impractical to expect individuals to abandon their personal automobiles in favour of public transportation.

B Technical solutions can help to reduce pollutants while also increasing engine fuel economy. However, fuel consumption and emissions are dependent on which cars customers select and how they are driven. Many people waste fuel by driving recklessly or buying larger cars than they require for regular use. Furthermore, worldwide car use is expanding at a faster rate than technological advancements in emissions and fuel economy are allowing. While new car emissions are significantly less damaging than in the past, metropolitan streets and highways are getting more congested than ever, with older trucks, buses, and taxis spewing excessive smoke and fumes. Because of the high concentration of cars in metropolitan areas, air quality is unpleasant and often dangerous to breathe. Even Moscow has joined the list of cities plagued by traffic congestion and pollution. Vehicle pollution is a major health problem in Mexico City.

C Some suggest that the only long-term solution is to construct towns and neighbourhoods so that car travel is unnecessary, with all vital services within walking distance or easily accessible by public transportation. This would not only save energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but it would also improve the quality of community life by focusing on people rather than cars. In certain instances, good local governance is already achieving this. However, few democratic communities have the foresight – and the resources – to undertake such significant adjustments in modern lifestyles.

D A more plausible scenario appears to be a mix of mass transit systems for getting into and out of cities, as well as compact 'low emission' automobiles for city use and bigger hybrid or lean burn cars for use elsewhere. Electronically tolled highways could be utilised to ensure that drivers pay fees that are proportional to the amount of time they spend on the road. Better transportation system integration is likewise desirable - and made possible by contemporary computers. However, these are only viable options for governments who can afford them. Antiquated cars and old technologies continue to dominate in most poor countries.


Decide which paragraph, A to D, has the information given in each statement below. Select E if the information is not given in any of the paragraphs.

  1. description how driving habits contribute to road problems.
  2. explaining the relative merits of cars and public transport. 
  3. description of the increasing use of motor vehicles.
  4. consequences of using private vehicles
  5. a comparison of past and present transportation methods.
  6. the writer’s prediction on future solutions
  7. the impact of the car on city development
  8. role of governments in improving transportation systems.
  9. impact of overcrowded cities on the environment.



  1. B
  2. A
  3. E
  4. A
  5. E
  6. C
  7. E
  8. D
  9. B

Amazing Fact for CELPIP

The first task in the CELPIP reading test is reading a correspondence. This task involves reading a letter. This part of the test contains 11 questions.