IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

IELTS reading Tips to Score Band 8 in IELTS 

IELTS course Bangalore

This segment on preparation for IELTS Course Bangalore for Reading will focus on the four components of the IELTS Course Bangalore for test, namely – Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing and brief about the pattern of each of these four components. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted on the same day while the Speaking test can be taken up to seven days after or before the other three tests. The order in which these tests are conducted is listening, reading and finally writing. There is no break between these three tests.

The following segment highlights various aspects of a IELTS Course Bangalore for Reading Test.

IELTS Course Bangalore for READING


IELTS Course BangaloreIn a Reading Test, the time allotted is 60 minutes to answer the questions. Since the candidate can directly write the answers in the answer sheet, he or she is NOT provided with any additional or extra time to transfer the answers from question paper to the answer sheet. Hence the total time for completion of Reading test remain 60 minutes.


The total number of questions to be answered is 40 and all of them are compulsory to be answered. A range of question forms are used which includes following:

  1. Multiple choice questions – selecting a correct statement out of three
  2. Labelling of a diagram or a geographical map
  3. Matching the headings with paragraphs given
  4. Matching the ending of sentences with correct text
  5. Matching the Information provided with paragraphs given
  6. Identification of information in the form of True/ False/ Not Given
  7. Identification of a writer’s claims in the form of Yes/ No/ Not Given
  8. Fill in the blanks in a given note, summary or a sentence
  9. Fill in the blanks in a flow-chart
  10. Fill in the blanks in a Table
  11. Short-answer type questions

Test Parts

There are 3 sections in a Reading Test and the total length of the text lies in the range of 2,150-2,750 words. Each of the 3 sections contains one long text. Texts are genuine and are from magazines, journals, magazines, newspapers and other books. Texts vary from being explanatory and realistic to discursive and methodical. Generally, the texts also contain pictorial representation like diagrams, graphs or images. In case the text includes technical words, then a glossary is also given.

General Training Reading

Section 1 includes six to eight small factual texts related by a common topic. This topic is relevant to day-to-day life events in an English society. For example, music concert advertisements.

Section 2 includes two short realistic texts with work-related matters being the objective. (For example, searching a suitable job, office rules and guidelines, workplace environment, human resource development and training)

Section 3 includes one longer and more intricate text on a topic of common interest. The topic chosen is authentic and taken from magazines, newspapers and various books including company handbooks and official documents.

Academic Reading

For Academic IELTS, the section structure is similar as mentioned above for General Training IELTS with the major difference being that the texts are written for a non-specialist candidate and are more on academic and educational topics of common interest. Also, the texts are more suitable for candidates seeking professional registration or willing to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate courses in the English speaking countries.

Skills Assessed

A broad range of candidate’s skills are tested in the Reading test which includes:

  1. Comprehending the essence of topic
  2. Understanding of main ideas of the topic
  3. Understanding conclusions and inferred meaning
  4. Recognising writer’s opinions, views and objectives


The Reading test carries a total of 40 marks for 40 questions, which implies that each correct answer gets 1 mark. The marks out of 40 are converted as per the IELTS scale to a 9 band score. Scores are awarded in whole as well as half bands (For example, 7 & 7.5). There is no negative marking for the wrong answers; hence the candidates can attempt all the questions.

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