The IELTS examination tests your ability to read approximately 2,750 words in a fairly short period of time in order to find out certain information. In both academic and general training modules, you are given 60 minutes to answer a total of 40 questions and each question is worth one mark. Within this time, you also have to transfer all your answers onto an answer sheet.
IELTS General Training reading module The test has three sections. Section 1 contains two or more texts which are based on social situations,
Section 2 contains two texts based on work- or course-related situations, and section 3contains one text that general reading comprehension. The question types are similar to those in the academic module. The texts in the first two sections are more likely to be descriptive and factual. The text in third section many contain argument.
IELTS Academic Reading module When you go to university or college you may be overwhelmed by the amount of reading you are expected to do.
You will have to do a lot of this reading on your own and will need to be able to read discriminatingly .This means you will need to have the skills required to
focus in on the information that is important to you and to skin through the information that isn’t.
The test has three reading passages and each of the passages is accompanied by a set of 13 or 14 questions. The passages will be written in a variety of different styles. Generally, passage 1 is a more descriptive text, while passage 2 and 3 are discursive and contain some argument.
Each passage may have more than one type of question. For example, you may be asked to find detailed information in a passage in order to complete sentences; you may have to identify views within a passage; you may have to understand how something works and complete a diagram or chart. If you can identify the reading skills being tested in each set of questions and if you have a strategy for doing each question type, you will have a better chance of completing the reading test successfully.