General Training Reading
The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes
There are 3 sections.
Section 1 contains two or three short
factual texts, oneof which may be a composite (consisting of 6-8
short texts related by topic, eg. hotel advertisements). Topics are
relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2 contains two short factual
texts focusing on work-related issues (eg. applying for jobs,
company policies, pay and conditions)
Section 3 contains one longer, more
complex text on a topic of general interest
Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements,
company handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.
A variety of questions are 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
Downloadable General Training Reading sample tasks