IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading is different for both the general and academic tests, take a look at some tips and information about the reading section here.

Reading Information

  • The Reading section lasts for 60 minutes
  • The reading is split into 3 sections
    • 3 reading passages (Academic)
    • 3 reading sections (General), each section could have 1/2 texts.
  • Academic reading texts are longer than general reading texts.
  • Each question is more difficult than the last in the general reading test.
  • There are 40 questions in total.
  • Try to spend 20 minutes on each section.
  • Incorrectly spelled answers will be marked wrong.

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Try some IELTS Reading questions


Types of questions –

    • Matching Headings – match a heading to a paragraph
    • True/False/Not given
    • Matching paragraph – Match the information from the question with a paragraph.
    • Summary – Complete a summary by filling in gaps from a box of given words.
    • Multiple choice
    • List – Choose correct option from a list
    • Choosing a title
    • Classification
    • Matching endings – Complete a sentence by matching the start to the end.
    • Table completion – Complete the table using the correct word from the passage.
    • Flow Chart completion
    • Diagram completion
    • Short Answers

Writing on the paper  Yes, you can make notes on the paper.

Capitals – Capital letters are not important.

Speed  learn to read quickly, practise finding information from passages quickly.

Order? Not all questions come in the order you find the information in the passage.

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