The IELTS Reading Module

The IELTS Reading Module test was made because when you go to university or college you may be overwhelmed by the amount of reading you are expected to do. You will have to do a lot of this reading on your own and you will need to be able to read discriminatingly.

This means you will have to be selective about what you read. You will need to have the skills required to focus in on the information that is important to you and to skim through the information that isn’t.

The IELTS Reading Module

The IELTS examination tests your ability to read between 1500 and 2500 words in a fairly short period of time in order to find out certain information. In both the Academic and the General Training modules, you are given 60 minutes to answer a total of 40 questions. The texts and items are graded in terms of difficulty. If you can identify the reading skills being tested in each set of questions, and if you have some mastery of these skills, you will have a better chance of completing the Reading test successfully.

IELTS Academic Reading Module

The test has three reading passages and each of the passages is accompanied by a set of questions. There may be more than one type of question in each set. For example, you may be asked to find detailed information in a text in order to complete sentences; you may have to identify views and attitudes within a text; you may have to understand how something works and complete a diagram or chart. The passages may be written in a variety of different styles, such as argumentative, descriptive, narrative, discursive, etc.

IELTS General Training Reading Module

The test has three sections.

  • Section 1 contains two or more texts which are based on social situations.
  • Section 2 contains two texts based on course-related situations
  • and Section 3 contains one text that tests general reading comprehension.

The question types are similar to those in the Academic module. The texts in the first two sections are most likely to be descriptive and factual. The text in the third section may contain some arguments.


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