The A-Z of Academic IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

 

In the IELTS examination, the question pattern of  Academic IELTS Reading and General IELTS Reading has some differences. The Academic Module is used by international students and professional reasons only and the General Module is used for migration purposes. 

We will discuss only the Academic Reading module in this article.
 

Academic Reading 

In the Academic Reading test, there will be 3 reading passages, and every passage may contain 900 to 1000 words. You have to answer 40 questions, where each passage will have around 12-14 questions. 

You will be given 60 minutes to go through the passages and solve 40 questions. There will be no extra time given to transfer your answer to the answer sheet. 

These passages are authentic. They are similar kinds of passages that you may find in magazines and newspapers. The passages may contain some visual information and technical terms. 

 

Question Types of Academic Reading

You might face around 11 types of questions in the academic IELTS reading test. We will discuss each type of question below: 

  1.  Multiple Choice:

    A certain number of question will be given which are related to the paragraph. Each question contains three (A,B,C) or four (A,B,C,D) option. What you have to do just pick up the correct option by cracking the question from the passage.

 

2. Matching Headings:

This question requires you to pick up headings which will be given in a box. So you have to match every headline with the exact paragraph. For answering this type of question correctly you need to understand the main idea of the paragraph.

 

3. Identifying the Writers view/Claims(Y/N/NG):

These types of questions require you to identify whether the information agrees with the writer’s views or claims.

If the statement agrees with the views or claims then it will be YES (Y),

If the statement disagrees with the views or claims then it will be NO(N),

If there is no information given on this then it will be Not Given(NG)

 

4. Identifying Information(T/F/NG):

In this type of question, you will be given a list of information. Your task is to identify whether this information is True or False, and if you can’t find the information on the reading text then, simply answer Not Given.

 

5. Summary, Note, Table, Flow-Chart Completion:

A summary will be given with some blanks from the reading passage. Here either you will be given a list of words in a box or you have to find out the words from the passage to fill up the blanks.

Clear instructions will be given about how many words or numbers you should use in your answers. For example:

  • ONE WORD ONLY or NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS
  • NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER

Similarly,  You can get a table, note, or flow chart with some blanks and you have to fill up the blanks with using the correct words from the passage.  

 

6. Sentence Completion:

Here you will find some incomplete sentence and you have to complete it by collecting information from reading the passages, in that case, you have to complete it using  ONE OR THREE words which will be instructed in the question paper.

 

7.Short-Answer Questions:

This is a question that expects from the examiner to answer the question from the given facts in the reading passage. So you just have to pick up the right words from the text.

Clear instructions will be given about how many words or numbers you should use in your answers. For example: 

  • ONE WORD ONLY or NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS
  • NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER

 

8. Matching Sentence Endings:

In this type of question, you will be given a list of incomplete sentences and a list of possible ending sentences. Your task is to complete the sentences depending on the Reading passages.

9. Matching Features:

These types of question which requires you to find out specific information about given features and match it. For instance: you can be given a number of birds in the passage with their features. So in question, the features will be given and you have to match with the correct birds.

10. Diagram / Map  Labeling  Questions:

Here you will get a diagram or map relating to the reading passage. So you have to label the diagram or map according to the correct information from the text.

11. Matching Information:

In this type of question, you will be given a list of information which will be called “List A”, and another list of information which will be called “List B”. Your task is to match the information of “list A” with the correct information of “list B”. Here it requires you to follow every line of each paragraph in a very short time.

How to Calculate Academic Reading Band Score?

In the Academic IELTS Reading module, your band score is calculated depending on how many correct numbers of answers you have given. Then according to the number you can get a band score from Band 4 to Band 9. There no negative marking for your incorrect answers.  

Reading Score Board

 


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