Academy of British English

Understanding the IELTS Reading Test

IELTS Reading test is a very significant section where a candidate’s level of English is assessed through reading tasks.

Duration of the IELTS Reading test: 60 minutes

There are various types of questions in IELTS Reading section which you need to attempt after reading the text.

Question Types:

Fill the gaps in a passage

Match headings

Complete sentence

Multiple choice questions

Short answers to open questions

While attempting the IELTS Reading test, you need to keep in mind the following instructions:

Read for the general sense of a passage

Read for the main ideas

Read for detail

Understand inferences and implied meaning

Recognise a writer’s opinions,attitudes and purpose

Follow the development of an argument

You will be required to take the IELTS Reading test in the given time period only.  There are few reading passages which you need to answer within 60 minutes.

Following steps will help you in the IELTS reading tasks:

Write your answers directly on the answer sheet.

Read quickly and efficiently, and manage your time.

Expect to read approximately 2150-2750 words during your test.

ielts academic Reading test

ielts general reading test

In IELTS Academic Reading, your test will have three sections, each with one long text.

The texts are taken from books, journal, magazines and newspaper.

The text range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. IELTS Academic Reading is slightly difficult than IELTS General Reading.

The text might be accompanied by diagram, graphs or illustrations in IELTS Academic Reading test.

A simple Glossary will be provided if a material contains technical terms.

In IELTS General Reading, your test will have three sections .

The texts are taken from newspapers, advertisements, official documents, etc.

Two or three short factual texts relevant to everyday life. The IELTS General Reading test is comparatively easier.

Two shorts factual texts focused on work-related issue e.g. a job application.

One longer, more complex texts based on a topic of general interest.

You can practice for IELTS Reading tasks as there are three sections here which you need to attempt to check your level. In case of  IELTS Academic Reading sample test, it will give you an idea about the different type of sections as the tasks here are based on graphs, charts and diagrams according to which you need to answer.  For IELTS Exam preparation, you need to attempt  a regular series of practice tests

Each correct answer receives one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted and reported in whole (e.g. 6.0,7.0) or half (e.g. 4.5,5.5) bands

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