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IELTS Reading Task: Details of the Reading Test

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The reading module is the second test you have to do on the test day. You’re given a question booklet and an answer sheet. There is no time, unlike in the listening test, at the end to transfer answers so you have to write your answers directly onto the answer sheet. The time for this module is 60 minutes.

The test instructions indicate how much time you should spend on each section of the test.

Structure of the test:
The test is divided into three sections. You’re given a reading passage with questions in each section. The question can be both before and after the passages. The topics of the passages are of general interest and come from magazines, journals, books and newspapers. At least one of the passages will present a logical argument. The texts increase in difficulty as test progresses. There may be a glossary of technical words.

Question types:
The types of tasks are:
1.       Multiple choice,
2.       A short-answer questions,
3.       Sentence completion,
4.       Notes/table/summary flow-chart/diagram completion,
5.       Yes, no, not given or True, false, not given,
6.       Classification,
7.       Matching lists/phrases,
8.       Choosing headings for paragraphs/sections of a text,
9.       Scanning and identifying location of information,
10.   Labelling a diagram which has numbered parts.

There are 40 questions in total. Each of three sections has around 10-15 questions and there are at least two types of questions in each section.
Remember: you’re given a mark for each of the 40 questions. Your result is converted into a score which corresponded to one of the bands from 1-9. You will see the band on your result sheet. You can be awarded a whole band or a half band for the reading section.

Good luck for your exam!
Reference: How to Prepare for IELTS Writing. City University of Hongkong: English Language Center.

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