THE GENERAL TRAINING & ACADEMIC READING TEST
The IELTS General Training & Academic Reading Test is quite a lot to do in an hour. All you need to do is to concentrate hard while doing the reading test. Before, going to sit in the actual reading test, you need to practice reading at home. The Best way to start reading is to solve Cambridge Books.
The Test Format of General Training Reading
The IELTS General Training Reading Test has 3 sections or sometimes 4. You have 60 minutes to complete the test. You will not be given extra time at the end of the test to transfer your answers to the answer sheet like you are given in the Listening Test. Your need to solve the question paper as well as mark answers on the answer sheet so that at the end of the 60 minutes you are ready to hand over the answer sheet to the examiner.
The test has 40 questions based on a series of texts. The total length of all the texts put together will be somewhat between 2000 and 3000 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.
Reading Paragraph 1
Reading Paragraph 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 questions 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, for instance: some newspaper advertisements for job or interview.
Reading Paragraph 2
Reading Paragraph 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.
Reading Paragraph 3
Reading Paragraph 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 previous sections.
Reading Paragraph 4
Reading Paragraph 4 will have 1 text with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer. Reading Paragraph 4 tests candidates’ ability to deal with tough and longer pieces of writing. The reading passage will again involve more complex language than the previous paragraphs.
You will find really tough to read and understand the last paragraph.