IELTS Reading

"Reading is a valuable way of self educating yourself."

Reading is the second piece of the IELTS test, and takes an hour. It comprises of three or some of the time four reading passages of expanding trouble, and there is an aggregate of 40 inquiries to reply. Despite the fact that you can check and compose on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet, and be mindful that no additional time is given for exchanging your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.

The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are reviewed to the same level. On the other hand, on the grounds that the writings in the Academic Reading Test are more testing by and large than those in the General Training Test, more inquiries should be addressed effectively on a General Training Test to get the same evaluation.

You need to do either the General IELTS exam or the Academic IELTS exam. But what's the distinction, anyway? The Reading and Writing modules are different in both exams but Speaking and Listening modules are same. In terms of reading, the main difference between the Academic and General Reading Modules of the IELTS lies in the content of the passages. The General Module involves easier texts from social, academic, and work contexts. The Academic Module includes more advanced texts, at an undergraduate or graduate level, from academic sources. Yet, the Academic and General Reading Modules are also similar in many ways. Both last for one hour, include 3 passages and 40 questions, and are scored in the same way. In both cases, you must answer the questions and shift your answers to the answer sheet all in one hour. Other overlapping areas that apply to both modules are scoring, tasks, skills, and time.


In both the General and Academic Reading Modules, one mark is given for each correct answer. The scores out of 40 are converted into bands according to the IELTS band scale. You may get a full band or a half band. Your overall score is the average of the band scores you obtain in the four modules. This final score itself may be represented as a whole band or a half band.


There are 10-11 types of questions on both the Academic or General Reading Module:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple matching
  • Short-answer
  • Sentence completion
  • Tables, diagrams, flow charts
  • Summary completion
  • Paragraph headings
  • Identifying writer's views or claims
  • Classification

You do practice test papers in order to recognize exactly what you require to do and to recognize how to correctly answer each type of question. After doing a few tests, check your answers. Doing so will help you to identify which types of questions are easier for you and which are not.


To do effectively in the IELTS reading test, you need global as well as macro reading skills. This means you should to be expert to do the following:

  • Grasp the big picture as well as the minor points.
  • Different facts from opinions and attitudes.
  • Pinpoint the general basis of the passage.
  • Follow the main logic in a written text.
  • Find particular details and proper information.
  • Outline the key points.
  • Use accurate spelling and noteworthy grammar.

Three key reading skills:

  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for detail

The first two strategies, skimming and scanning, involve reading very quickly, but each strategy has a distinguish mean. Skimming means reading quickly to obtain the main aim of a text. Scanning means reading rapidly to look for specific words. The third approach, reading for detail means read every word in order to really ascertain the message of the text.


Remember that you have 3 reading passages and 40 questions to answer in only 1 hour. Also, the 3 passages become increasingly tougher. Divide your time into three 20 minute segments, or as suggested below:

  • 17 minutes on section 1
  • 20 minutes on section 2
  • 23 minutes on section 3


The General Reading Module is divided into three sections. There are 40 questions in all – 14 questions in Section 1, and 13 questions in sections 2 and 3.


The Academic Reading Module is divided into three sections. There is a total of 40 questions, with about 11-15 questions in each section.

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