Excel in the IELTS Reading Test: Tips and Practice Resources

Here is everything you need to know about the Reading section of your IELTS test. Plus, access to some useful IELTS Reading practice materials too.

About IELTS Reading

The Reading section is one of four parts of your IELTS test and takes around 60 minutes to complete. It includes 40 questions for you to answer. The test content differs depending on whether you are taking the Academic or General Training test.

General Training Reading vs Academic Reading IELTS test

The General Training Reading section content covers topics of more general interest than the Academic test. The Academic test is more tailored to those entering university or higher education.

About the General Training IELTS Reading Section

There are three parts to the General Training Reading section which break down as follows:

Section 1: This contains 2-3 short factual texts. The topics in the texts are related to everyday life in an English-speaking country, such as Canada.

Section 2: This contains two short factual texts on work-related issues, including anything from applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities and staff development.

Section 3: This contains one longer and more detailed text on a topic of general interest.

About the IELTS Academic Reading Test

The Academic Reading section includes three long texts typically taken from newspapers, magazines, books and journals. No specialised knowledge is needed on the subjects in the reading texts. The reading texts have been chosen specifically for those entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS Reading practice materials to help you succeed

We have a range of practice and learning materials to help you get the score you need in the Reading section of your IELTS test. Simply follow these quick links below to access them!


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