Let’s first look at some key facts about the IELTS Reading test.
- The Reading test is the second module of the IELTS test. It comes immediately after the Listening test.
- It lasts one hour.
- There are three reading sections – of general interest, for a non-specialist audience, taken from magazines, books, and newspapers.
- The three sections contain approximately 2,750 words. Each reading section is between 700-900 words.
- Sections 1 and 2 may each have several short texts, or two slightly longer texts.
- Section 3 is usually one longer text of 700-900 words, and is 6-10 paragraphs long. It is more difficult than Sections 1 and 2.
- There are 40 questions.
You will be given a Question Booklet containing the reading passages and the questions. You can make marks (underline, circle, make notes) in your Question Booklet. However, you should write your answers directly on your Answer Sheet because you will not be given extra time to transfer them at the end of the Reading Test. You will be given a separate Answer Sheet.
Remember – you have only one hour to do the Reading test. You are advised to spend no more than 20 minutes on each passage.
Answer as many questions as you can. Your answers will be marked incorrect if you leave them blank, so if you cannot find the right answer – guess!
You are not allowed to use a dictionary in the IELTS test, so you should practise doing your timed readings without a dictionary.