IELTS Academic Reading

IELTS | Test Takers – Academic Reading sample

 The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.

Texts for the Academic Reading test are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Computer-delivered Academic IELTS Reading test

There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring of the computer-delivered IELTS test. The type of Reading questions asked, thus, remain the same as in the paper-based test: Please ensure you are using Chrome or Firefox to launch the sample texts.

Computer Based ACADEMIC Reading Sample tasks
Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer)
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Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
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Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
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Sample Academic (Reading Note Completion)
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Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings
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Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)
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Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)
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Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion
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Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)
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Paper Based Academic Reading Sample tasks

Downloadable Academic Reading sample tasks
Academic Reading Sample Task – Diagram label completion (PDF, 61KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Matching information (PDF, 35KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Identifying writer’s views (PDF, 56KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Matching headings (PDF, 26KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Multiple choice questions (PDF, 21KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task – Table completion (PDF, 59KB)

 

Academic Reading answer sheet
IELTS Reading answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)

FAQs for Computer-delivered IELTS Test takers

This comes down to personal preference and choice. Some test takers will be used to paper-based tests as this might feel similar to other exam situations from school, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing.

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