Free Resources, Tips & Tricks for IELTS
You’ll be given 3 reading passages and 40 questions and you’ll also be given a separate answer sheet to write down your answers. DURATION: 60 minutes. Each passage will have 12-14 questions. Out of the 11 question types, you’ll only receive about 6 of them and some will be repeated.
- For Reading Passage 1, you might get Match Headings, Multiple Choice and Short Answer.
- For Reading Passage 2, you might get Multiple Choice again, Y/N/NG or Match Sentence Endings
- For Reading Passage 3, you might get Match Headings again, T/F/NG and Summary Completion
Before answering a question, it’s very important you read the question instructions especially for short answers and gap fill questions. These instructions will tell you how many words to use in your answer and there are a number of possible instructions you might see. For example, “USE NO MORE THAN ONE WORD (ONE WORD ONLY)”, “USE NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS (ONE OR TWO WORDS)”, “USE NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS (ONE, TWO OR THREE WORDS)” or the instructions might say that “NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER” (can write a number, a word, or, a number and a word). The instructions might say that “NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER”, “NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER”
It is important to know that only the answer sheet is marked. Examiners will not look at your test booklet. Whatever you write on your answer sheet is what you’re going to be scored on. You WON’T be given extra time to transfer your answers so you need to do this in your 60 minutes. Make sure your writing is clear and easy to read and also make sure you spell your answers correctly. Although your answer is correct, a small spelling error will cost you a point. Same goes with grammar. Be careful.