IELTS Academic Reading:IELTS Academic Test Format,Task Type,Sample Test

Not scoring enough in IELTS Academic Reading? We’ve got you covered. IETLS(International English Language Testing System) is the world’s leading English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration & is managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. This article will show you everything you’ll need to know about the test format of IELTS Academic Reading Section. But do you know how many candidates take the IELTS Exam every year?  More than 4 million people in 135 countries. IELTS  Band Score Marking:
With O2masters IELTS Academic Reading Guide, you’ll get the desired score. So, there are three modules of the IELTS:
  • Academic Module 
  • General Training Module
  • IELTS Life Skills:
In these blogs, we’ll discuss only the Reading section of  Academic Module.

IELTS Academic Module:

This Module is created for candidates who want to study/enrol in universities and other colleges for higher studies. Also, for health professionals who wish to work/practice abroad. After getting the IELTS Academic certificate, Selected Candidate gets a proof of proficiency in the English language.

IELTS Academic Reading Test Format:

Total time: 60 Minutes Total No. of Questions = 40 Main Goal: To test a wide range of reading skills Including reading for gist, main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, whether the candidate understands logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose. IELTS Academic exam includes: 3 Long texts – Descriptive, Factual, Discursive, Analytical These 3 texts are selected to test the non-specialist audience who want to try for university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS Academic Reading in detail:

Task type 1 – Multiple choice

Task type and format Candidate needs to select the best answer out of 4 options(A, B, C, D) or Two answer out of 5 options(A, B, C, D, E). or Three answers out of 6 options(A, B, C, D, E, F, G). These questions may want you to complete the sentence or choose the best options.
Task focus Candidate reading skills are tested including understanding of specific points or overall understanding of the main points of the text.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 2 – Identifying information

Task type and format Candidate needs to answer whether they agree with the information in the text or not? Then test-takers needs to write True or False or not given in the boxes given in the answer sheet. Answer True or false based on the information in the passage not from their own knowledge.
Task focus Candidates ability to recognize particular points of information given in the question.  
No. of questions Variable

Task type 3 – Identifying writer’s views/claims

Task type and format Candidate needs to answer whether they agree with the views/claims of the writer in the form of Yes, No, Not given in the boxes. Answer Yes, No, not given based on the information in the passage not from their own knowledge.
Task focus This tests the candidate’s ability to recognise opinions or ideas.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 4 – Matching information

Task type and format Candidate is required to locate given information within lettered paragraphs/sections of a text and to write letters of correct paragraphs in the boxes. They need to find the reason, description, summary, explanation.
Task focus This tests the candidate’s ability to find specific information.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 5 – Matching headings

Task type and format Candidates are given a list of headings with roman numerals like i, ii, iii etc. Test taker needs to match the heading to the correct paragraphs or sections. Answer the right roman numerical in the boxes on their answer sheet. No. of headings will be more than no. of paragraphs. This task is used with texts that contain paragraphs or sections.

Task focus Candidate’s ability to recognise the main idea or theme in the given paragraphs or sections of a text.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 6 – Matching features

Task type     and format Candidate needs to match a set of statements to a list of options. Not all the options will be used. Instructions will be be given in the booklet.
Task focus Candidate ability to recognise relationships is checked and he/she must be able to skim and scan the text in order to locate the required information to read.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings

Task type and format Candidate needs to find the best way to complete the sentence ending from a list of options given in the question.
Task focus Tests the ability of a candidate to understand main ideas within a sentence.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 8 – Sentence completion

Task type and format Candidate is required to complete sentences in a given number of words from the given text. No. of words/numbers to be used will be mentioned in the question. Like No More than three words, two words.
Task focus This tests the candidate’s ability to locate details/specific information.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 9 – Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion

Task type and format Candidates are given a summary & they need to complete it with information from the given text. Summary will be of only one part of the passage rather than the whole. Given question can in the form of table, summary, series of boxes. There are 2 variations in this type. Candidate may be asked either to select words from the text or to select from a list of words How many words to be selected will be mentioned in the passage like No More than three words, two words, a number, one word only etc.
Task focus This type tests the ability of the candidate to understand details, main ideas of the text. 
No. of questions Variable

Task type 10 – Diagram label completion

Task type and format Candidates are required to complete labels on a given diagram. Instructions will be given in the question for no. of words to be used like NO more than three words, no more than two words etc. Diagram ca be of parts of building, machine or any pictorial figure.
Task focus This test the candidate ability to understand information given in the form of a diagram.
No. of questions Variable

Task type 11 – Short-answer questions

Task type and format Candidate needs to answer questions related to factual information about details in the given text. You are required to answer in words given on the answer sheet. How many words/numbers to be selected will be mentioned in the passage like No More than three words, two words, a number, one word only etc Numbers can be written using figures or words. Hyphenated words count as single words. 
Task focus Candidate tests the candidate’s ability to locate and understand the information given in the text.
No. of questions Variable

IELTS Academic Reading – how it’s marked

The Academic Reading test is checked by certificated markers & further analysed by Cambridge Assessment English.

 

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