IELTS Reading Test Format

IELTS  Reading Test Format

The IELTS reading test assesses a wide range of reading skills wherein the candidate has to read 3 text passages and answer 40 questions. The total time for this section is 60 minutes. The IELTS Reading section has different versions for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Test.

IELTS Reading Format:

Time

60 minutes

No extra time to transfer answers

What does it assess?
It assesses the candidates skill to read for gist, central ideas, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers opinion, attitude and purpose.

ACADEMIC
GENERAL
Content
Three long texts that range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
Three sections where the topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country like a text about work-related issue and a more complex topic of general interest.
SourceThese are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers and might be supplemented with diagrams, graphs or illustrations, that the test-taker need to understand
They are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.
Questions

There are 40 questions

A variety of question types is used. The test-takers may be asked to 

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

Sometimes the test-taker will need to give one word as their answer, sometimes a short phrase, and sometimes simply a letter, number or symbol.

Scoring

Each correct answer obtains one mark. 

Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS-9 band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half brands. 

  

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