Academic IELTS Reading Format

Academic Reading Format

The format of the Academic IELTS Reading Test consists of three reading passages, and each passage is followed by a series of questions. Here is a detailed breakdown of the format:

  • The test is 60 minutes long.
  • The test consists of three sections or passages, which get progressively more difficult.
  • Each passage is around 700-800 words long and is taken from an academic source, such as a textbook or journal article.
  • The texts cover a range of academic subjects and are designed to test your ability to understand complex ideas and arguments.
  • Each passage is followed by 13-14 questions, making a total of 40 questions.
  • The questions can be in various formats, such as multiple-choice, matching, sentence completion, summary completion, and short answer.
  • The questions are designed to test a range of skills, such as identifying main ideas, supporting details, understanding implicit information, and vocabulary.

Here is the approximate time breakdown for each section:

  • Section 1: 20 minutes
  • Section 2: 20 minutes
  • Section 3: 20 minutes

It is important to manage your time effectively to ensure that you have enough time to read and answer all the questions. You should aim to spend around 20 minutes on each section and quickly scan the text before reading in more detail to answer the questions.

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