The IELTS General Training Reading Test is quite a lot to do in an hour, but, if you concentrate hard and are used to the tasks set through practice with good IELTS practice tests, then it can be done without too much difficulty.
The Test Format
The IELTS General Training Reading Test has 3 sections. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. There is NO extra time at the end of the test to transfer your answers to the answer paper (you get 10 extra minutes in the listening test only); your answers must be on the answer paper at the end of the 60 minutes. The test has 40 questions based on a series of texts. The total length of all the texts put together will be between 2000 and 2750 words. As in all the different parts of IELTS, the IELTS General Training Reading Test gets progressively harder through the paper. Possible formats of texts could be: notices, advertisements, newspapers, instruction manuals, leaflets, timetables, books and magazines. Getting used to the types of questions by using IELTS practice tests is an important strategy to doing well in this section of the test.
Section 1 will normally have 2 or maybe 3 “texts” with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer in 2 or 3 sets of differing formats. We will look at the types of question that you will meet later. Section 1 tests the candidate on “social survival” in an English speaking country. The questions usually involve the candidate finding and providing factual information from a variety of texts. Texts in section 1 are relatively short and there may be a number of “mini texts’ to look through, eg: a series of advertisements on similar subjects.
Section 2 again usually has 2 texts with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer. Section 2 concentrates on the context of training and welfare in an English speaking country. The texts here will be more complicated using more intricate language and structure.
Section 3 will have 1 text with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer. Section 3 tests candidates’ ability to deal with longer pieces of writing. The reading passage will again involve more complex language than the 2 previous sections.
This book contains 5 test of IELTS General Reading that would help you to evaluate yourself.