Reading is a little bit tough as compared to listening because it is based on some synonyms. The reading module has two types one is academic reading and other is general reading. People who want to get a study visa abroad they have to do an academic reading. On the other hand, who want to get the work permit and PR they have to do a general reading. The time of Reading module is a total of 60 minutes ( 20 minutes for each passage).
There are 40 questions in total for both modules. The purpose is to check the student understandability of reading.
READING – Test format
IELTS Academic test – this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
PASSAGE 1: The passage one has 13 questions and they mostly are fill in the blanks. The passage one is the easiest passage rather than other passages.
PASSAGE 2: The second passage has another 14 questions from question no 13 to 27 .the passage would be about anything, for instance, any famous person, research, history, etc
PASSAGE 3: The last passage has also 13 questions, question number from 28 to 40.
This passage is tough as compared to the other two passages. However, it is not tough for excellent students because the answer to all question is given in the passage .you have to only find the given answer. There is no chance of spelling mistake because you have to write the given answer as ties.
The reading paper has three sections and texts approximately 2,000 – 2800 words. There will be a variety of question type, for example:
TYPES OF QUESTIONS:
- Match the heading
- Fill in the blanks
- Multiple choice questions,
- Identify information (True/False/Not Given)
- Identify the writer’s views claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
- Matching information,
- Matching headings,
- Matching sentence endings,
- Sentence completion,
- Summary completion,
- Note completion,
- Table completion,
- Flow-chart completion,
- Diagram label completion,
- Short answer type question.
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS : 40 General training : there will be three sections (2or3 short texts in section 1 and 2 , and 1 long passage in section 3)
TIME :60 minutes (N.B. there is no extra time given to transfer your answers)
IELTS Reading – Marked
The Reading test is marked by certificated markers, who are regularly monitored to ensure their reliability. All answer sheets, after being marked, are further analysed by Cambridge Assessment English.
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