IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

In the section “IELTS Reading” of the academic version of IELTS exam participants need to read texts and answer 40 questions (13-14 questions for each paragraph). In the General Section of the exam, texts are simpler and shorter than in academic one.  You have 60 minutes to do all the tasks of the Reading section

There are various types of the tasks, which check the ability to read the text and understand it.


The following tips will help you find the right approach to this section of the IELTS exam:

  1. If you understand the essence of the text before reading it, it will facilitate the subsequent understanding. Attentive view of the graphs, tables, and any other illustrations often gives a clear idea about the topic of the paragraph.
  2. Remember that there is no extra time to transfer answers. Make sure that you write on the test answer sheet and not on the questionnaire.
  3. If you read the text and answer the questions in a random order, be careful that the answers are in the right place in the table of responses.
  4. If you’re unsure whether your answer is correct, try to reread the text and find the right option. Remember that IELTS Reading don’t last more than an hour and you need to answer 40 questions. If you spend more than a minute on each question, you will have an extra 20 minutes to read the text. If it’s hard to find the answer, go to the next question.
  5. Of course, questions “true/false/not given” are the most difficult types of the tasks, because most of the students get confused with this section.
  6. IELTS Reading section contains questions with words that often are not in the response. Therefore, you should pay attention to the synonyms of keywords.
  7. If your text contains a lot of dates, mark them during the reading, because often they can carry very important information. And don’t forget to read as much as you can! If you have a good practice, you will pass IELTS Reading successfully!


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