IELTS Reading Questions

There are three reading passages in the Reading Module with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words (Academic) or 2,000 to 2,500 words (General Training). All answers must be entered on an answer sheet during the test. No extra time is allowed to transfer answers.

In the Academic test, texts are taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers, which have been written for a non-specialist audience. They deal with issues which are interesting and accessible to candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.

In the General test, texts are taken from notices, advertisements, official documents, booklets, newspapers, instruction manuals, leaflets, timetables, books and magazines.

Question types


  • Completion of sentences, notes, summaries, tables, diagrams or flow charts Short answer questions
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Matching headings to paragraphs or sections of the passage
  • Locating information in a paragraph or section
  • Matching lists/phrases
  • True/False/Not Given: identifying information in the passage
  • Yes/No/Not Given: identifying the writer's view or opinion

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