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IELTS General Training Reading

Module format

IELTS General Training Reading has three sections of increasing difficulty; there are 40 questions. Section 1 has 14 items and sections 2 and 3 have 13 items each.

Section 1 may contain 2 or 3 short texts or several shorter texts such as advertisements. Section 2 usually comprises 2 texts and in Section 3 there is 1 long text. The texts vary in topic and text type.


IELTS General Training Reading takes 60 minutes to complete.


One mark is awarded for each correct answer.


Texts for the first section are taken from notices, advertisements, timetables, publicity material and similar sources. Texts for the second section are taken from college prospectuses, course summaries, guides to libraries, rules and regulations and similar sources. Texts for the third section are taken from newspapers, magazines or journal articles, fictional or non-fictional book extracts and similar sources.


The texts have a total word count of approximately 2,400 words.

Task Types

There are 11 basic task types, some with possible variations. They are:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Multiple Matching
  • Short-answer Questions
  • Sentence Completion
  • Notes/Table/Diagram/Flow-chart Completion
  • Summary Completion
  • Choosing Headings for Paragraphs or Sections of a Text
  • Locating Information
  • Identification of Writer's Views, Claims or Information in the Text
  • Classification
  • Matching


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