THE Ielts academic reading test papers with answers READING TEST The Test Format The IELTS Academic Reading Test has 3 sections. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. Marking There are 40 questions in the IELTS Academic Reading Test and 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer. 9 using a converting table and this band is then averaged with the other 3 parts of the test to give your final IELTS band.
Band scores for the reading test and the final band are given as a whole band or a half band. IELTS Academic Reading Test Question Types Below is a list of the types of question that you could meet in the IELTS Academic Reading Test. It’s useful to read the list of course, but the only way to really be familiar with the types of question is through practice on good quality IELTS practice tests. Some Tips for the IELTS Academic Reading Test Don’t spend too long on a single question as that will lose you time for answering questions that could be easier for you. Sometimes leaving a question and coming back later can help you answer it too.
Leave any questions that you have spent too long on, and come back at the end of the test if you have time. Read the questions and instructions so you don’t make a silly mistake. Strictly speaking you are wrong although you have understood the question and answer. If the question asks for one answer then give one answer. Giving two is wrong as it asks for one and you will be marked wrong.
Writing two examples, to show you really understand, is wrong. If the question asks for no more than 3 words, use no more than 3 words. Writing 4 words or more is wrong. One area that students don’t like is that, in the reading test, good grammar and spelling are important. People think, quite rightly in my opinion, that the reading should test whether you understand what you read and not how you spell something but these are the rules.
So, be careful about your spelling! One constant discussion I have had with students is whether to read the questions first and then read the passage or read the passage first and then the questions. From my experience with many students my conclusion is that there is no correct answer for this. It depends on a number of variables. It can depend on the types of question and how difficult the questions are. It can depend on how good and fast a reader you are.