Reading | About the test (with practice test)


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The IELTS test comes in this order: listening, reading then writing (speaking is separate).


The reading test lasts 60 minutes and contains three long reading passages with 40 questions in total.


In the academic and the general test, the format is the same, however the style of the texts is different. See the table below for examples from the academic test.

ACADEMIC READING

DETAILS

SUGGESTED TIME

EXAMPLES

Section 1

1 long reading passage


3-14 questions


Easiest section

19 minutes

Section 2

1 long reading passage


13-14 questions

Medium difficulty

20 minutes

Section 3

1 long reading passage


13-14 questions


Hardest section

21 minutes

To calculate the score you would get in the Academic IELTS Reading test based on how many answers you got correct, use the table below:

Correct answers

IELTS Score

39-40

9.0

37-38

8.5

35-36

8.0

33-34

7.5

30-32

7.0

27-29

6.5

23-26

6.0

19-22

5.5

15-18

5.0

13-14

4.5

10-12

4.0

8-9

3.5

6-7

3.0

4-5

2.5

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