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The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.
Each section contains one long text.
Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.
Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or 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 texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
Downloadable Academic Reading sample tasks
Academic Reading Sample Task - Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task - Matching headings (PDF, 26KB)
Academic Reading Sample Task - Table completion (PDF, 59KB)
Academic Reading answer sheet
IELTS Reading answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)