The Reading paper has three sections and texts containing 2,150-2,750 words. Test takers must be cautious when writing down their answers as they will lose marks for wrong spelling and grammar.
Texts in IELTS Academic
- Three reading texts, which come from books, journals, magazines, newspapers and online resources written for non-specialist audiences. All subjects are of general interest to students at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Texts in IELTS General Training
- Section 1 consists of two or three short texts or quite a few shorter texts, which deal with everyday topics. For example, timetables or notices – things an individual would need to understand when living in an English-speaking country.
- Section 2 includes two texts, which deal with work. For example, job descriptions, contracts, training materials.
- Section 3 includes a long text about a topic of general interest. The text is generally descriptive, longer and more complicated than the texts in Sections 1 and 2. The text will be taken from a newspaper, magazine, book or online resource.