The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750
section contains one long text.
authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and
newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience
and are on academic topics of general interest.
appropriate to, and accessible to, test-takers entering
undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional
range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and
contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or
contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.
A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types:
multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s
views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching
features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary
completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart
completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are
converted to the IELTS 9-band scale.
Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
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