The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
- Each section contains one long text.
- Texts are 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.
- Texts are appropriate, and accessible, to test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.
- Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
- Texts may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
- If texts 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.
IELTS Academic Reading sample tasks (Paper-based IELTS)
- Answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)
- Identifying writer's views (PDF, 56KB)
- Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
- Table completion (PDF, 59KB)
Flow-chart completion (selecting words from text)
Identifying information (true/false/not given)
Multiple choice (more than one answer)
Multiple choice (one answer)
Summary completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)
Summary completion (selecting words from the text)
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