Reading – Topics

In the Reading section of the test, there are no common topics, however, as the Academic and General Training are slightly different there is a common format for both. This section has common question types and recognising the different question types will contribute to a better chance of increasing your band score.

The questions may cover a wide range of subjects, however, you do not need to be an expert in any field. Diversity is the key here, with test-takers who have a diverse vocabulary have a huge advantage. Academic IELTS Reading passages may contain some technical terms and even visual materials such as charts, illustrations and graphs. More technical terms will be accompanied by a glossary of terms.

The text will be taken from a newspaper, magazine, book or online resource and may be written in a variety of styles including narrative, descriptive, or argumentative. At least one of the passages will contain a logical argument.

Task (Question) types

The 40 questions may be in any of the following questions/task types

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying Information,
  • Identifying Writer’s Views/Claims
  • Matching Information
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Features
  • Matching Sentence Endings.
  • Sentence Completions
  • Summary/Note/Table/Flow Chart Completion.
  • Diagram label Completion 
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Diagram Completion Question
  • Flow chart completion Question
  • Table Completion Questions
  • Choosing a Title
  • Categorisation Question
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