Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer. Though you can mark and write on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet, and be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.
A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
IELTS Academic Reading sample tasks (Paper-based IELTS)
- Answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)
- Identifying writer’s views (PDF, 56KB)
- Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
- Table completion (PDF, 59KB)
Flow-chart completion (selecting words from text)
Identifying information (true/false/not given)
Multiple choice (more than one answer)
Multiple choice (one answer)
Summary completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)
Summary completion (selecting words from the text)