IELTS Reading General Format
IELTS General Reading module has 3 sections of around 40 questions and consists 1 hour. In an English speaking environment, the first section has 2 or 3 texts that test your ability to survive accordingly. In terms of work or training topics, the second section has one or 2 texts. Much like the academic module, the third section has one long passage. The major distinguish between General and Academic Reading test is the level of complications. In comparison to Academic Reading passages, texts in General module are smaller and less are quite difficult.
|Total time duration||60 minutes|
|Total no. of Questions|
40 Objective Questions
With tasks majorly about searching and facilitating general factual data, it consists texts related to basic lingual survival in English.
It targets on job descriptions, contracts and staff development and training materials related to workplace.
With descriptive and instructive texts, it involves reading of more complex subjects. E.g. newspapers, magazines, fictional and non-fictional book extracts.
|Nature of the questions|
For testing your reading skills, these include questions
These consists reading for a particular point or the main idea, scanning and skimming, understanding of logical argument, opinions, attitudes and motive of the passages.
Explanation about the question type & the motive of their assessment
|Purpose of Assessment|
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
Candidates are asked to choose either
As the provided information in the passage, the questions have the similar order, i.e. before the answer to the second question, the answer to the first question will be located in the text.
The tests several levels of reading skills that includes detailed understanding of particularpoints or an overall understanding of the main theme of the text.
Knowing Information (true/false/not given)
The candidates will be provided with a given set of statements and asked questions such as “Do the following statements agree with the data in the text?”
In contrast to this, they are required to write “true”, “false” or “not given” in the boxes mentioned on thier answer sheets.
The questions are in the similar order as the ifnormation in the text again.
For the recignition of specific points of data conveyed in the text, this task type of assesses the test takers’ capability. With more factual texts, it can be however utilised.
Identifying writer’s claims/views
The test takers will be provided with one set of statements and asked questions such as- ‘Do the following statements agree with views/claims of the writer?’
They are supposed to mark ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘not given’ in the boxes on their answer sheet.
The questions and the data in the text has the similar order. Before the answer to the second question, the answer to the first question in this category will be located in the text and so on.
Along with the eloquent texts, this tasks is often utilised.
This type of task assesses the test takers’ ability to recognise opinions or ideas of the writer.
In the sections of atext and writing the letters of the correct sections in the boxes facilitated on their answer sheets, test takers are supposed to locate particular data.
The asked question could be-particular details, a reason, an example, a comparison, a description or a summary.
In each section of the text, the candidates do not necessarily need to find information, however they may find more than one piece of specific data in a given section. The test takers can utilise any letter more than once.
Here the questions mentioned do not follow the similar order as the data in the text other than tasks.
For scanning and locating a particular data and recognition a summary or definition, this task assess accordingly.
With a list of headings referring to the major idea of the paragraph or part of the text, candidates are provided accordingly and are to be matched to the right paragraphs or sections. More than once, no heading must be used.
Candidates might find that:
The number of headlines could be more than the paragraphs or sections, so unmatched headings can be left useless. In such task, some paragraphs or sections might not be mentioned there.
Example: with a heading, more than one paragraph or section might already be matched.
For the recognition the main idea or theme of a specific paragraphs or sections of a text and to differentiate major ideas from supporting ideas, this task assess candidates’ ability for the particulars. The former task is concerned with a particular information while the latter reognizes the main idea which states the main difference between matching information and matching heading tasks.
For a listing of the provided options that are a group of features from the text and are designated by letters, the test takers are required to match a set of statements or pieces of information.
It is equal to some options that will not be used or might be used more than once. It will be instructed as follows.
As the information in the text, the questions do not have the simila orders.
This task assesses candidates’ ability to read for detail, skim and scan the text for required information, recognise relationships and connections between facts in the text dealing with factual information,description and narrative and to recognise opinions and theories.
Match Sentence Endings
The test takers are provided the first half of a sentence and are required to complete it from the list of options that ,ight be more than the questions based on the text. As the data in the text, teh questions are in the similar order that means the answer to the first question in this group will be found before the answer to the second question and so on.
This task type assesses the test takers’ ability to understand the main idea within the sentence.
The test takers are required to complete sentences in a provided number of words taken from the text by writing their answers on the answer sheet.
How many words should be there in the answers, would be already instructed.Just like the information in the passage, the questions are in the similar order.
Remember, there’s penalty for exceeding word limit. Although, you can write numbers using figures or words, contracted words are not tested and hyphenated words will count as single words.
This task type assesses the test takers’ ability to locate specific information from the passage.
Summary, Note, Table, Flowchart Completion
Rather than the whole, test takers will be provided a summary of a section of the text that will be most likely of only one part of the passage. Candidates will also be asked to complete it with information collected from the text.
Following are the two variations of this task type, the candidate might be asked to either choose words from the text or to choose from a list of the owners. In the form of summary, notes, table, flow charts, teh provided information would be given accordingly.
As in the text, the answers will not necessarily exist in the similar sequence. Thus, instead of the complete text, they will usually come from one section.
Instructions will be given for the count of words must be there in the answers. Once you exceed the word limit, you might be fall into penalty.
Using figures or words, contracted words are not taken into consideration and hypenated words will count as single words, however numbers can be written accordingly.
Since it is related to clear factual data, this task is often used with descriptive texts.
For the identification of the major idea of a section of a text and understanding details of the passage, this task type assess the test takers’ ability. Candidate is examined based on his knowledge of the type of words that fill up the provided gap.
Diagram Label Completion
Candidates are required to complete labels on a diagram that are in contrast to a description mentioned in the text. The diagram can be represented in any object that can be showcased pictorially.
Instructions will be given defining how many words shoul be there in the answers. For exceeding the word limit, you need to suffer penalty. However, numbers can be written using figures or words, contracted words are not tested and hyphenated words will take into consideration as single words.
Instead of the complete text, they will exist from one section, although, the answers might not occur in order in the passage. With the explanation process or with descriptive texts, this task type is often used with texts.
For understanding the detailed description, this task type assess your ability and to connect to to the data in the given text to the labels in the diagram.
Short Answer Questions
From the text on the answer sheet, the test takers are required to write their answers in words or numbers.
In the text, these questions would be based on factual details. Instructions will be given defining how many words shoul be there in the answers. For exceeding the word limit, you need to suffer penalty.
However, numbers can be written using figures or words, contracted words are not tested and hyphenated words will count as single words.
Questions are in the similar order as the data in the text resulting the answer to the first question in this category will be mentioned in the test before the aswer to the second question and the list continues in the similar manner.
This task type assesses your ability to locate and understand the exact information given in the passage.
Don’t Forget to
- Make sure you don’t exceed word limit. So when reading the instructions, keep word limit in mind. You might fall into penalty for overwriting.
- Proofread and learn to scan & skim.
- Don’t leave empty space, attempt each and every question.
- Also pay attention to the time limit.
- Spend your spare time working on your vocabulary, grammar and spelling skills.
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