Learn about the IELTS General Training Reading Test. The IELTS GT reading is different to the academic reading in a number of ways but mainly due to the language and difficulty level of the texts. Similar to the academic reading, the general training reading test is 60 minutes in length and has 40 questions.
General Training Reading Sections
There are three sections in the IELTS GT reading. However, sections one and two might have more than one text. The sections get increasingly difficult.
: This section is based on one, two or three texts about English life and could be, for example, an advertisement for a hotel, sports center facilities or educational courses. The texts are not long and are factual rather than descriptive.
: This section may also consist of more than one text and often relates to work about pay schemes, work conditions or machinery instructions.
: The final section is usually one text which is quite long and it is the hardest.
IELTS General Training Reading Band Scores
Below is a list of the scores from band 2 to 9 for the GT reading test. The scores are not the same as the academic reading test. Click on the table to enlarge.
IELTS Reading Question Types for General Training
The types of questions you will be asked in the GT reading test are the same as the academic test. Here is a list:
- matching headings
- true false not given / yes no not given
- matching paragraph information
- summary completion
- sentence completion
- short answer questions
- table / flow chart completion
- diagram labeling
- multiple choice / list selection
- choosing a title
- matching sentence endings
You can learn Tips on the Different Types of Reading Questions by following the link. You can also practice most of these types of questions on my blog on the IELTS Reading Page and learn more tips. However, most practice exercises are on the level of section 3. Also learn How to Improve your IELTS Reading.
For GT IELTS practice reading tests, please visit the BC IELTS page of practice tests.
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