IELTS Overview

General Training Reading

Reading is the second skill tested on the exam day, and the General Training version of the test is taken for work or immigration purposes. There are three sections to the test:

Section 1

  • 2-3 short texts (or several shorter texts)
  • Social/transactional texts
  • Everyday situations, e.g. notices, advertisements, timetables, publicity material, etc.

Section 2

  • Usually 2 texts
  • Course-related texts
  • Educational context focusing on survival needs of students, e.g. college materials, guides to libraries, rules and regulations, etc.

Section 3

  • 1 long text
  • Descriptive or narrative
  • Topic of general interest, e.g. newspapers, magazines, journal articles, fictional/non-fictional book extracts, etc.

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