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What is in IELTS Reading (Academic and General) Module ?

Reading has three passages with sixty minutes duration. The total text length in three passages is from 2,150 to 2750 words.  There is no extra time given to transfer your answers, always write your answer on your answer sheet straight away.

What type of questions are there in IELTS reading module?


Each section contains one long text. Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. they have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.

texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration. texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided


Section One :  contains two or three short factual texts. One of which may be composite(consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.

Section two : contains two short factual text focusing on work-related issues (e.g applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training)

Section three : contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.

What skills are assessed?

A wide range of reading skills are assessed, including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail;understanding inferences and implied meaning; recognizing a writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose; and following the development of an argument.

How  marking works?

Giving each correct answer receives one mark and then scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

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