Video: About the General Training reading test

Narration: Introduction to the General Training reading test. Before beginning the reading course, you will need to know some information about the test. In the General Training reading test, you will have 60 minutes to answer 40 questions on three different reading sections. Here is a brief description of what is in each section. In … Read more

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how the IELTS reading test is presented how long the test takes, how many questions you need to answer and information about transferring your answer how the number of correct answers is converted into your band score how you should approach these types of questions how … Read more

Summary of this lesson

At the end of each lesson in this course, you will find a summary of the main points. In this lesson, here is what you should have learned… some basic information about the IELTS reading test (number of words, sources etc) that there are three sections with 5 or 6 ‘parts’ that Section 3 is … Read more

Summary of this lesson

At the end of each lesson in this course, you will find a summary of the main points. In this lesson, here is what you should have learned… some basic information about the IELTS reading test (number of words, sources etc) that there are three reading passages with a total of 40 questions that all … Read more

True / False / Not Given questions

Below is an example of a TRUE / FALSE /  NOT GIVEN question. The aim of these questions is to decide whether a statement given is true, false or not given in the text. Along with headings, these questions are considered the most difficult types of question as you often have to combine information from … Read more

Multiple choice questions

Below is an example of a multiple choice question. This is one of the more recognisable question types – multiple choice questions are used in many learning and testing situations, not just IELTS. However, in the IELTS test, there are TWO types of multiple choice question – in one, you will need to find the … Read more

Locating information questions

Below is an example of a locating information question. This is different to a headings style question in that you are not matching a heading to the overall paragraph, but only to a small piece of the information inside that paragraph. One of the difficulties with this question type is that sometimes the information you … Read more

Classifying and matching questions

Below is an example of a classifying question. Classifying questions and matching questions are very similar, and can require you to connect a statement with a person, place or something else. These types of questions can be tricky as reference words are commonly used in the text which can be misleading, so it’s important to … Read more

Table completion questions

Below is an example of a table completion question. Table completion questions require you to complete the missing information in a table, and the main skill here is to use the content that has already been given in the table to find your answers. This technique and others will be presented and practiced in much … Read more

Summary completion questions

Below is an example of a summary completion question. These are similar in some ways to the sentence completion questions but the answers do not always come in the same order as the reading text, so slightly different skills are needed.  These skills will be presented and practiced in much more detail in a later … Read more