IELTS Reading

In the IELTS exam you will take either the Academic or General Reading test.  Both are 1 hour long and have 3 sections with a total of 40 questions.  It is recommended that you spend about 20 minutes on each section.  You can write on the question papers but make sure you write you answers on the answer sheet.  Unlike the listening exam, there is no extra time for transfering your answers to the answer sheet at the end of the exam.

How many points?
The question types are the same for each exam.  Each question is worth 1 mark.  There are no half points.  Your answer will be marked wrong if:
- you write too many words
- the grammar of your answer is wrong (when appropriate)
- your spelling is incorrect
- you only write part of the answer
- the answer is wrong

The different types of questions:
multiple choice
short answers
note/sentence/chart/table/diagram completion
summary completion
matching subheadings to paragraphs
True/False/Not Given or Yes/No/Not Given
matching lists/phrases

To answer these different questions you need to know which techniques to use to help you find the answers quickly and accurately. 

To find out specific details relating to the Academic and General IELTS exam check out the Academic Reading and General Reading pages.
IELTS practice exams and exercises

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE provide some excellent practice and advice

British Council learning have some practice activities

Links to practice reading exams on the internet

my IELTS teacher book

click here for a sample

​​A comprehensive guide on how to
​achieve higher scores in your writing
and speaking exam.

​​It looks at each part of the speaking
exam in detail with recordings and
​scores from student practice tests,
​and recordings of a native speaker.

Extensive details on how to answer both tasks in the writing exam, with student answers, scores and assessment reports, as
well as sample answers from ​​​​​​​​​​a native speaker.