IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading (Academic)

The IELTS academic reading period is an hour. In this you will not get any extra time to transfer your answers on the answer sheet. The reading Paper consists of three different texts and a total of 40 questions.

The texts are authentic and academic in nature, but written for a non specialist audience. They are similar to the types of texts you may find in newspapers or magazines. The style can be descriptive or argumentative and at least one text has a detailed logical argument. Texts may contain illustrations. If a text contains technical terms, a simple glossary is provided. The three texts are graded from easiest to most difficult. Each text will have 12 to 14 Items

Task Types:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying Information (T/F/ NG)
  • Identifying the writer’s views/ claims (Y/N/NG)
  • Matching Information
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Features
  • Matching Sentence Endings
  • Sentence Completion
  • Notes / Summary / Table / Flow – Chart completion
  • Labelling a Diagram
  • Short – Answer Questions

Assessment: Each question is worth one mark.

IELTS Academic Reading Tips:

  1. Focus on the whole idea of each paragraph, do not try to match the words in words in the headings to words in the passage.
  2. For any questions where you need to write words from the passage, a hyphenated word counts as one word.
  3. For the matching features task, questions will not be in the same sequence of passage. The aforementioned people can be seen in many different sections, which you need to carefully scan the entire path. Some people may be distractors in the list, and you may not need to use all the letters.
  4. Make sure to note any plurals in the questions. There may be parts of the passage that refer to only one of the things mentioned, so you need to find the paragraph that has more than one.
  5. 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.
  6. Use the title of the summary to help you find the part of the passage you need to read in detail to find your answer.