IELTS Reading - General & Academic

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

IELTS GENERAL READING - CONTENT
The IELTS General Reading Module contains texts from a variety of social, academic and general work contexts. The overall length of the reading test is about 2000-2700 words. The texts themselves are taken from a variety of sources, as seen below:


Section

Number of Texts

Types of Texts


1

2-3 short texts

Notices, advertisements, publicity booklets, timetables, etc.


2

2 texts

College catalogues, course descriptions, rules and regulations, library guides, etc.


3

1 long text


Newspapers, magazines, journals, books, etc.



 

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

IELTS ACADEMIC READING - CONTENT

The Academic Reading Module includes passages at an undergraduate or graduate level, taken from books, newspapers and magazines. Usually, one of the passages has general academic content, one passage presents a logical argument, and one passage includes a diagram, graph or illustration. You don't need any specialist or technical knowledge to understand the texts. If the passage contains any technical vocabulary, a glossary is provided. Remember, that you are not allowed to take any sort of dictionary, electronic or otherwise, into the testing room.

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