IELTS General Reading Test
On this page you will learn how to best prepare for IELTS General Reading test.
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IELTS General Reading test format
IELTS General Reading test is designed to assess a wide range of your reading skills.
Here is a short overview of the general reading test format:
|IELTS General Reading Test|
|Number of Questions||40 questions|
|Format||Extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.|
|Duration||60 minutes including the transfer time.|
If you want to see more detailed overview of the IELTS Test Format, visit the British Council website.
How to prepare for IELTS General Reading test?
Let us break it down to 5 simple steps for you:
- Obtain a good practice book
- For instance, we recommend you use one of the Cambridge IELTS practice books
- If you have obtained a Cambridge IELTS book then flick through the book and see what's there. These books will give you a very good idea about how the real exam looks like.
- Or why not take a free IELTS General Reading test (provided by IELTS.org) that we have prepared for you
- Prepare an answer sheet
- Make yourself familiar with the IELTS General Reading test format
- There are 3 reading sections
- Sections 1 and 2 may have several texts
- Sections get increasingly difficult
- About 40 questions in total (never leave anything blank!)
- Take the first practice test
- Start practice with the first test without limiting your time to one hour
- Understand different types of exercises and questions
- Determine your weak spots, e.g. the toughest part is commonly the true-false-not given type of exercise
- Learn some tips (find some below!)
These five steps are really enough to get started and repeating them all over again consolidates your knowledge and improves your skills.