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IELTS Academic Reading

About the IELTS Academic Reading test

The reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General candidates
3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes

  • 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.

  • There are three texts and 40 questions.

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Academic Reading

IELTS General Reading

About the IELTS General Reading test

The reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General candidates
3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes

  • Section 1 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 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training)

  • Section 3 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.

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General Reading
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