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  • I’m sure you're curious to find out as much as possible about the IELTS Reading Test,

  • but why don’t we begin by looking at some important facts.

  • Let’s start with facts about the timing of the test.

  • When you take the IELTS Reading Test, it will take one hour, or 60 minutes. During this

  • time you will read and answer the questions. Youll also need to write your answers on

  • the answer sheet while you are doing the test, because unlike the Listening Test, there is

  • no extra transfer time given.

  • By the way, when you do this, your answers must be spelled correctly and you must use

  • correct grammar.

  • The Reading Test is organised into three sections and each section has a reading text and 13

  • or 14 questions. You can start with any section that you like. In total, you have to answer

  • 40 questions for the whole Reading Test.

  • You are probably also wondering what the reading texts are about. Well, the text features a

  • variety of different reading passages. The topics are different, for example one text

  • may be about astronomy, but another would be about something completely different. The

  • topics are generally about academic subjects, such as the environment, education, technology,

  • and work. The texts would be of interest to an educated audience, but you don’t need

  • to be an expert to understand them. The texts are taken from real publications like books,

  • newspapers, and magazines. The style of the passage may vary too; it might be descriptive,

  • or argumentative, for example. The text may have an illustration or a graph.

  • And as for length, each text can be up to about 900 words long.

  • You might also be wondering about the test questions, or tasks. Well, the IELTS Reading

  • Test features a real variety of different question types. These include tasks like multiple

  • choice, completing a table, or choosing headings for paragraphs. In one test, you might encounter

  • between four and ten different question types, so it’s a good idea to have practised all

  • of them before you take the test.

  • To prepare well for the IELTS Reading Test, you need to practise all of the ten possible

  • question types. The question types are used randomly and are

  • called: multiple choice; short-answer questions; sentence

  • completion; notes, summary, table, or flow chart completion; labelling a diagram; choosing

  • headings for paragraphs or sections of a text; locating information; identification of writer’s

  • views or of information in a text; classification; and finally, matching.

  • When you answer these questions, you might be required to write a word or a phrase from

  • the reading text, or perhaps a number or a letter. You will be able to practise these question

  • types in this course.

  • As a teacher, I often get asked how difficult the Reading Test is. Well, that varies from

  • person to person. How easy or difficult you find the test overall really depends on you,

  • your reading experience and your ability. But I can say that one of the most challenging

  • aspects of the Reading Test is managing your time. You won’t be told when to start and

  • finish each section, so youll need to keep an eye on the time. You don’t want to spend

  • too long on any one section because youll want to allow enough time to attempt all the

  • questions. And another thing that I remind my students

  • about is to read the instructions carefully. For example, pay attention to how many words

  • you're supposed to write; one, two or three?

  • So, what happens to your test when you've finished?

  • Well, it is marked and one point is given for each correct answer.

  • Remember, you will lose points for incorrect spelling or grammar, so be careful when you're

  • copying words from the reading text onto your answer sheet, it’s easy to make a careless

  • mistake. The total number of points is then converted

  • into an IELTS band score for Reading, for example, 6.0 or 7.0.

  • It's also possible to be given a half band score, such as 5.5, or 6.5.

  • So, now you have some basic information. But remember, although these facts are important

  • background knowledge, there's a lot more to learn which will help you to do well in

  • the IELTS Reading Test.

I’m sure you're curious to find out as much as possible about the IELTS Reading Test,

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