IELTS Academic Training Reading

IELTS Academic Training Reading

The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills of a candidate. This include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose. This test includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Sometimes you will face some graphs, diagrams or flow charts. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

Duration Sections Versions
60 Minutes 3 Academic Training Reading

IELTS General reading types of questions

IELTS Reading test consists of 40 questions. Each question is worth 1 mark. A variety of question types is used in order to determine your reading skills in every way. This will include following type of questions:

  • Multiple choices:-
    • Multiple choice tests a wide range of reading skills, including detailed understanding of specific points or an overall understanding of the main points of the text. You are required to choose
    • -The best answer from four alternatives (A, B, C or D),
    • -The best two answers from five alternatives (A, B, C, D or E),
    • -The best three answers from seven alternatives (A, B, C, D, E, F or G).
  • Identification of writer's views/claims - yes, no or not given
    • You will be given a number of statements and asked: ‘Do the following statements agree with the views/claims of the writer?’ You are required to write ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘not given’ in the boxes on their answer sheet.
  • Identification of information - true, false or not given
    • You will be given a number of statements and asked: ‘Do the following statements agree with the information in the text?’ You are then required to write ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘not given’ in the boxes on their answer sheets.
  • Matching information
    • You are required to locate specific information within the lettered paragraphs or sections of a text, and to write the letters of the correct paragraphs or sections in the boxes on their answer sheet.
  • Matching features
    • In this question type, you need to match a set of statements or a piece of information to the list of options given. The options are group of features from the passage. For example, you need to match different events to historical periods. It might be possible that some options will not be used while some may be used more than once.
  • Match sentence endings
    • In this type of question, you are given the first half of a sentence based on the text and asked to choose the best way to complete it from a list of possible options. You will have more options to choose from passage.
  • Sentence completion
    • In this type of question you will be asked to complete the sentence with specific number of words. The instruction will give you clear idea about how many words you are allowed to use per sentence. You are requires to write your answer on answer sheet.
  • Summary note / flowchart / table completion
    • In this question type, you are given summary of a section of the text, and are required to complete it with information drawn from the text. You need to fill in the gap in the summary, note, table or flowchart in context to the passage
  • Diagram label completion
    • This type of question, you are required to complete labels on a diagram, which is related to a description contained in the given text.
  • Short Question-Answers
    • In this section, you are required to answer questions, which usually relate to factual information about details in the text. This is most likely to be used with a text that contains a lot of factual information and detail.

Test takers must write their answers in words or numbers on the answer sheet. Test takers must write their answers using words from the text.

The instructions will make it clear how many words/numbers test takers should use in their answers, e.g. ‘NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage’, ‘ONE WORD ONLY’ or ‘NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS’.

IELTS Academic Reading Tips

• If you write more than the number of words asked for, they will lose the mark.

• If you don’t already, read plenty of English books and articles in your spare time! Practice summarizing, identifying key information, and main ideas within texts.

• Know the format! Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this section simply because you’re an avid reader and you feel like the Reading section is the last thing you need to spend time preparing for.

• We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: IELTS success is largely centered around whether or not the test taker knows the format of the test.

• Not only should you know the test’s format but practice answering those same types of questions! Having a strategy for each task is as important as knowing what they are.

IELTS Reading Academic Module- IELTS Experts

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The IELTS measures the language proficiency of person who wants to study, work or migrate English speaking country. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user

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