Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer. Though you can mark and write on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet, and be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.
The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are graded to the same level. However, because the texts in the Academic Reading Test are more challenging overall than those in the General Training Test, more questions need to be answered correctly on a General Training Test to receive the same grade.
Reading Tips :
In IELTS you need to be able to read faster than your normal pace. You also need to be able to quickly find particular words and phrases. There are a variety of IELTS question types that test how well you can find facts in a text. Often they are completion tasks, where you have a gap to fill, or you may have to answer short questions.
When you do a completion task, read the instructions carefully and note how many words you are allowed to write. Sometimes you will have to summarize the information in order to keep within the word limit.
Charts or diagrams give a summary of the information and show visual links, so think about the relationship between the ideas in a text. The different parts of a chart/diagram may not be in the same order as the information in the text. The chart/diagram may not show all information included in the text. The chart/diagram may not use the same words as the text but synonyms or paraphrases.
Timing is an important part of the Reading test. Try to finish each section in less than 20 minutes.
• Read the passage as quickly as possible (up to three minutes).
• Look at the questions to see what type of information you need to find (up to one minute).
• Spend 12-13 minutes reading the passage in detail and answering the questions.
• If a question is taking too long, move on.
• Use your last 3-4 minutes to transfer your answers, checking and filling in any gaps in your answers.