General Training Reading

The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long.

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.

Question types

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.

Marking

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.

Downloadable General Training Reading sample tasks

 

General training Reading sample tasks

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General Training Reading Sample Task - Flow Chart Completion (PDF, 40KB)

Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Identifying Information (PDF, 99KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Matching Information (PDF, 43KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Matching Features (PDF, 32KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Matching Headings (PDF, 31KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Multiple Choice Questions (PDF, 24KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Sentence Completion (PDF, 19KB)
Bullet General Training Reading Sample Task - Short Answer Questions (PDF, 18KB)
Bullet IELTS Reading Answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)
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