IELTS Reading

The Reading exam takes one hour and contains 40 questions. The Academic IELTS contains 3 passages, which usually get harder from beginning to end. There are 13-14 questions per passage. The reading material is at a college or university level, but in-depth subject matter knowledge is not required. Time management is a key skill for the Academic Reading exam. It can be challenging to read each passage and answer all of the questions in time. The General Training Reading section contains three (or sometimes four) passages. The first focuses on a very basic topic from daily life–information about public transportation, a community notice, etc. The second section contains two short informative passages that are typically related to school, work, or community topics. The third (and possibly fourth) passage is a longer essay or article.

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