60 minutes, with no extra time to transfer the answers.
There are 40 questions in total.
A variety of questions is used, such as: multiple choice, True/False/Not Given type questions, identifying writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flowchart completion, diagram labelling, short-answer questions.
There are 3 sections.
The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words in a passage.
Academic Reading: Each section contains one long text. Texts are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers etc. They have been written for a non-specialist readership and are on academic and general topics. Texts are appropriate to the candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration. Texts contain descriptive, factual, discursive and analytical information. Passages may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. A simple glossary is provided if the texts contain technical terms.
General Training: Reading Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be composite, consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, e.g. fire safety instructions. The topics given are relevant and relatable to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2 has two short, factual texts focusing on work-related issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, workplace facilities, staff development and training etc.).
Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a general topic. Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.
A wide range of reading skills is assessed, including reading just to get the general idea, reading to obtain the main ideas, reading for detail; understanding inferences and inferred meaning; recognising a writer’s opinions and purpose; and following the development of an argument.
Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale and they are given in whole and half bands.