The Reading Test in IELTS lasts for 60 minutes. However, the General IELTS and Academic IELTS Exam are different!
The main difference is in the language of the passages of Academic and General Reading Module of the IELTS. The General Module has easy text while the Academic Module consists of complicated text. The Academic Module has 3 passages whereas General Module Reading test has 5 passages. But the number of questions in both the tests remains same, i.e. 40.
The reading passage topics differ, but all are of academic nature. Candidates sometimes panic when they are faced with a reading passage on a subject about which they know nothing at all. It is important to remember that the answers to all the questions are in the text itself. You do not need any domain specific knowledge to be able to answer the questions. The test is designed to test your reading comprehension skills.
Different Types of Reading Tasks
There are various types of questions which are usually a part of reading module that you may deal in both the Academic or General Reading Module:
- Paragraph with headings
- Sentence completion
- Multiple choice question
- Tables, diagrams and flow charts conclusion
- Multiple matching
- Summary completion
- Locating information
- Identifying writer’s views
- Classification of Paragraphs
IELTS Reading Time- Limit
In the IELTS Reading test, candidates often achieve a lower score than expected, because they spend too much time on some sections and are not able to finish the test. It is very important to finish the test in order to score good in this module.
Also, candidates find it difficult to leave a question that they can’t answer. When you are stuck at a difficult question it is better to move to the next question so that you do not waste time, this way you can always come back to the question that you left previous. While you are not answering a difficult question you could be answering 2 or 3 easy questions.
You must complete the answer sheet in 60 minutes because you will not have extra time to transfer the answers from question paper to the answer sheet like you get in listening module.