General Training Reading

 IELTS General Training (GT) Reading

The General training reading test is of one hour period. There is no extra time given for transferring your answers to a separate answer sheet. This test consists of three different sections and a total of 40 questions.

The texts are about more general topics or related to work. There are three sections in general training reading paper, The difficulty level increases with each section. The sections are organized as follows:

  • Section 1 contains two or three short texts to read or several shorter once like advertisements.
  • Section 2 contains two texts to read, related to the workplace like information for Staff.
  • Section 3 contains one long discursive text to read.

The general training reading paper has a total of 40 questions.

Section one has 14 items, sections two and three each have 13 Items.

Task Type:

  • Multiple choice
  • Identifying information (T/F/NG)
  • Identifying the writer’s view/ claims (Y/N/NG)
  • Matching information
  • Matching headings
  • Matching features
  • Matching sentence endings
  • Sentence completion
  • Notes / summary / table/ flow – chart completion
  • Labeling a diagram
  • Short answer questions
  • Multiple matching

Assessment: Each question is worth one mark.

IELTS General Reading Tips:

  1. If you are asked to choose one word only from the passage, make sure you do not add extra information such as adjectives or adverbs. If you write more than one word, your answer will be marked as wrong.
  2. Remember that you are being tested on your ability to understand the information you read in the passage so you should ignore anything you already know about the topic.
  3. Quickly read the whole passage to get the general idea before you begin answering questions. This will help to give you an overall understanding of the passage and will help you to locate relevant parts of the text more quickly.
  4. Try to spend no more than 15 to 20 minutes on Section 1, so that you have enough time for the more difficult and questions in Section 2 and 3. Aim to spend less than 20 minutes on each section so you have time to check your answers at the end.

When answering short – answer questions you do not need to write full sentences or join words together.

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