IELTS General Reading
|In a Nutshell|
|The Reading test starts with the distribution of question paper and the answer sheet. The Reading question paper has a variety of questions based on some textual information which is divided into different sections. The candidates have to keep track of the time themselves and there is no extra time given for transferring the answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.|
Duration: 60 minutes.
Number of questions: 40
Number of sections: 3
Types of questions: There can be different types of questions in the reading test, for example, fill in the blanks, multiple choice questions, matching headings with paragraphs, True/False etc.
|Matching Headings- The candidates are given:|
|– a list of headings numbered as i, ii, iii etc,|
– paragraphs, which are marked alphabetically,
– a list of questions having alphabetic order of the questions,
The number of headings is always more than the number of paragraphs; so, some of the headings will never be used. The candidate cannot use a heading more than once. Sometimes, a paragraph and a heading are already matched as an example.
|Matching other information- There are other variations of matching in which:|
|– Matching information – The candidates are given alphabetically ordered paragraphs and a list of statements containing some information. The candidate is expected to find that which paragraph contains the information given in the sentence. The questions do not follow the same order as the information in the text.|
– Matching Sentence Endings – In some set of questions, the candidates are given first half of the sentences based on some text and the candidate is expected to complete the sentences by choosing from a list of options. The number of options is always more than the number of question. These questions are given in the same sequence as that of the text.
– Matching Features – In some other questions, the candidate is given an alphabetically ordered list of paragraphs and based on these paragraphs; the candidate has to match the question sentences with some given features. For instance, let us suppose, the paragraphs are based on books and the feature list includes names of 3 authors. Also, there are some questions that include the statements spoken by different authors. The candidates have to match that which author said a particular statement based on the text.