Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and it takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing very difficulty and there is a total of 40 questions to answer. The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are more graded to the same level. Because the texts in the Academic Reading Test are more challenging overall than those in the General Training Test, more questions need to be answered correctly on a General Training Test to receive the same grade.
General Training Reading Practice Tests
The General Training Reading test is around 60 minutes long and there are three sections.
Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be a composite.Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues.
Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.
Texts are very authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.
The IELTS Academic test is for people who applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and it assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from the books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people who entering university courses or seeking professional registration.