IELTS – Module 2 Reading

The purpose of the reading module is to prepare yourself to deal with the amount of  reading you will be encountered at university or college.

The reading component does not try to measure how well you understand everything in a reading passage. It actually tests how well you will be able to move about a reading passage to locate the information you are looking for. This means that you will need to have the skills required to focus on the information that is important to you and to skim through the information that isn’t.

The IELTS examination tests your ability to read approximately 2750 words in a fairly short period of time in order to find out certain information.

In both the Academic and the General training modules, you are given 60 minutes to answer a total of 40 questions and each questions and each question carries 1 mark. No extra time is given to transfer answers to the answer sheet.


The Reading Module 2

The reading questions do test your ability of using basic reading skills, ViZ.

  1. Scanning Reading for specific details [S]
  2. Skimming Reading for general understanding [G]

ACADEMIC READING

Each section contains one long text. Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and news papers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest. Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or those seeking professional registration. Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If text contains technical terms then a simple glossary may be provided.

ACADEMIC MODULE

SECTION/PASSAGE NATURE OF  TEXT TYPES OF QUESTIONS SKILLS TESTED
  Passage 01

Passage 02

Passage 03

  Descriptive

Discursive

Discursive

  Matching headings

Matching sentences

Matching stems to sentence ending

Multiple-choice questions

Classification

Answering YES,NO, NOT GIVEN

Answering TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN

Sentence completion

Short answer questions

Gap filling

Matching headings to paragraphs

Matching sentences to paragraphs

G

G&S

S

G&S

G&S

G&S

G&S

S

S

G&S

GENERAL TRAINING MODULE

DESCRIPTION ;

SECTION 01 : Contains two or three short factual texts one of which may be composite, consisting of 6-8 texts related by topics, E.g.  hotel advertisement. These topics are relevant to everyday life in an English speaking country.

SECTION 02 : Contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues. E.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, work place facilities, self development and training etc.

SECTION 03 : Contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general training interest. Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and news papers.

SECTION/PASSAGE NATURE OF  TEXT TYPES OF QUESTIONS SKILLS TESTED
SECTION 01

SECTION 02

SECTION 03

 

Social situations

Work related situation course related situation

Descriptive factual argument

  Matching headings

Matching sentences

Matching stems to sentence ending

Multiple-choice questions

Classification

Answers YES,NO, NOT GIVEN

Answering TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN

Sentence completion

Short answer questions

Gap filling

Matching headings to paragraphs

Matching sentences to paragraphs

G

G&S

S

G&S

G&S

G&S
G&S
S

S

G&S

SKILLS ASSESSED

A wide range of reading skills is assessed including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail; understanding in references and implied meaning, recognizing a writer’s opinion, attitudes and purposes and following the development of an argument.

MARKING

Each correct answer receives 1 mark.

Scores out of 40 are converted to IELTS 9 band scale.

Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

BAND SCORE CALCULTION

The reading component is weighed. The standard is same on each day. However, to reach a specific band, the number of correct answers required may be different in each exam.

READING [GENERAL]

1-7

2.5

8-10

3

11-13

3.5

14-17

4

18-21

4.5

22-25

5

26-28

5.5

29-30

6

31-32

6.5

33-34

7

35

7.5

36-37

8

38

8.5

39-40

9

*The above is only approximation. However, to reach a specific band, the number of correct answers required may be different in each exam.

READING [ACADEMIC]

1-3

2

4-6

3

7-8

3.5

9-11

4

12-13

4.5

14-17

5

18-21

5.5

22-25

6

26-28

6.5

29-31

7

32-33

7.5

34-35

8

36-37

8.5

38-40

9

*The above is only approximation. However, to reach a specific band, the number of correct answers required may be different in each exam.

 

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