IELTS Overview

Academic Reading

Reading is the second skill tested on the exam day, and the Academic version of the test is taken for educational purposes. There are three sections to the test:

Section 1

  • One long passage
  • Academic context
  • 20 minutes of time

Section 2

  • One long passage
  • Academic context
  • 20 minutes of time

Section 3

  • One long passage
  • Academic context
  • 20 minutes of time

Format

  • 3 passages (2000-2500 words in total)
  • 40 questions
  • 1 mark for each question
  • 60 minutes of time
  • No extra transfer time

Contents

  • Non-verbal materials
  • Diagrams
  • Graphs
  • Illustrations
  • With narrative, descriptive, discursive or argumentative styles of articles

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Questions

Questions and Task types

Your Reading Answers

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