IELTS Reading Test Information  

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The IELTS Reading Test is the second part of the exam. It lasts 60 minutes and the test format consists of 3 sections and a total of 40 questions.
There are different reading tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training:

A. Academic Reading Test 

There is one long text in each section. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, magazines, newspapers and journals, written for a non-specialist audience on topics of general academic interest. Texts are appropriate for university students and professionals and range from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical.

B. General Training Reading Test 

  • Section 1: 2 or 3 texts. (Short, factual texts, one of which may consist of 6-8 mini texts (e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.)
  • Section 2: 2 texts. (Short, factual texts focusing on work-related issues such as job applications; company policies; workplace facilities; staff conditions/training etc)
  • Section 3: 1 text. (Longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.)
Note: The texts are taken from a variety of authentic sources such as notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of question types is used used, chosen from the following:

  • multiple-choice
  • short-answer questions
  • sentence completion
  • note / summary / diagram / flow-chart / table completion
  • matching information / headings / features / sentence endings
  • identifying writer’s view/claims (yes/no/not given)
  • identifying information (true/false/not given)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and in that order.
  • What can I bring into the examination room?
Only pens, pencils and erasers. Mobile phones must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in area designated by the test supervisor. You also need to bring the same identification documents that you provided when you registered for the IELTS test, as they will be checked by the test administrator and the Speaking examiner and must match the information on your application form.
  • Is there time at the end of the Reading test to transfer answers?
No. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet within this time.
  • Can I use a pen for the Reading test?
No. You must do it in pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.
  • Can I make notes on the Reading question paper?
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.
  • How is the Reading test marked?
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

   1. Academic Reading Test Conversions 

IELTS band score (Score out of 40)
- 15-18=5
- 19-22=5.5
- 23-26=6
- 27-29=6.5
- 30-32=7
- 33-34=7.5
- 35-36=8

  2. General Reading Test Conversions 

IELTS band score (Score out of 40)         

- 23-26=5
- 27-29=5.5
- 30-31=6
- 32-33=6.5
- 34-35=7
- 36=7.5
- 37-38=8

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