Reading is the second module of IELTS exam that is different for the academic and general training students. Main purpose of this module is to test the ability of student to understand the written text and to find the specific information mentioned in the text.

This module is of 60 minutes and no extra time is provided to transfer the answers from reading booklet to answer sheet like listening module. In 60 minutes, student need to answer 40 questions of one mark each.


In IELTS reading module, students need to answer 40 questions and the variety of questions are included in the reading passages to test the reading skills of the candidate. Candidate is supposed to read the text for reading the gist, reading the main ideas, skimming, reading for detail, logical arguments, reading to understand writer’s opinion, attitude and purpose for writing.

Following type of questions are included in the booklet

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Identifying information means true/ false/ not given
  • Identifying writer’s view by choosing option from yes/ no/not given
  • Matching information, headings, features, sentence endings
  • Sentence completion
  • Summary completion
  • Completion of flow chart, diagram labeling, table and note
  • Short answer questions


 Academic students are given the reading booklet containing three long passages ranging from the descriptive to factual, to discursive and analytical. These passages are generally taken from the magazines, books, journals and even from the newspapers. The topics of these passages are interesting and accessible to the students and are of general interest.

In the three passages at least one text contains the logical argument and it may contain the non- verbal material like pictographs, diagrams and graphs. It also contain technical terms and glossary.

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    Like the academic students, general training students are also provided the reading booklet of 40 questions. The passages included in the general training reading are taken from notice, books, magazines, advertisements, company handbooks and even manuals of company.

    The section first of the general reading is called social survival and it contains texts related to the basic linguistic survival and contains the tasks about retrieving and providing the general factual information

    Section second is known as training survival that involves complex language with elaborated expressions for explaining the training context

    Third section is known as General training that involves extended prose with complex structure and focuses on descriptive and instructive rather than the involvement of argumentative text.


    For developing the reading skills in the students we focuses on the following key points

    IELTS Instructions
    • Techniques for time management in reading
    • Techniques for speed reading
    • Skimming and deep scanning for finding specific information
    • Understanding the text
    • Understanding the descriptive, instructive, argumentative texts and arguments of reading
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