Reading

Reading:

The IELTS Reading test is designed to assess a wide range of reading skills, including how well you

  • Read for the general sense of a passage
  • Read for the main ideas
  • Read for detail
  • Understand inferences and implied meaning
  • Recognize a writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose
  • Follow the development of an argument

Academic Reading

Format Three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
Timing 60 minutes including the transfer time
Number of Questions 40 Questions
Task Types Fill gaps in a passage of written text or in a table, match headings to written text to diagrams or charts, complete sentences, give short answers to open questions, answer multiple choice questions
Marks Each correct answer receives one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
Answer Sheet Download the Reading test answer sheet (97KB)

General Training Reading

Format The materials are from a daily English based in an English-speaking culture. Topics from extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
Timing 60 minutes including the transfer time
Number of Questions 40 Questions
Task Types Fill gaps in a passage of written text or in a table, match headings to written text to diagrams or charts, complete sentences, give short answers to open questions, answer multiple choice questions
Marks Each correct answer receives one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.