The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Reading module assesses a test taker’s ability to comprehend and extract information from written texts. It is one of the four sections of the IELTS exam, alongside Listening, Writing, and Speaking. The Reading module is designed to evaluate a candidate’s reading skills in various contexts and formats, reflecting the type of reading tasks they might encounter in academic and everyday situations.
The module typically consists of three sections, each containing a different reading passage. These passages can be taken from a range of sources, such as newspapers, magazines, books, or academic journals. The texts are carefully chosen to represent a variety of styles, tones, and subjects, including topics from the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and more.
Test takers are provided with questions related to the passages they read. The questions assess different reading skills, including:
- Skimming and Scanning: These skills involve quickly reading through the text to identify main ideas, headings, and specific details.
- Understanding Context: Test takers must comprehend the overall meaning of the text and the relationships between different ideas presented within it.
- Identifying Information: Questions might ask candidates to locate specific information within the text, such as dates, numbers, or names.
- Recognizing Writer’s Views and Intentions: This involves understanding the author’s perspective, opinions, or purposes for writing the text.
- Paraphrasing and Synonyms: Candidates need to recognize synonyms and paraphrased ideas used in the questions and the text.
- Inferencing: Some questions require test takers to draw conclusions based on implied information rather than explicitly stated facts.
The Reading module aims to assess a candidate’s ability to read and comprehend texts effectively and efficiently. Test takers usually have 60 minutes to complete the entire module, including all three reading passages and their corresponding questions. Scores are reported on a band scale ranging from 0 to 9, with half-band increments. The Reading module’s score contributes to the overall IELTS band score, which is widely recognized for educational and immigration purposes in English-speaking countries.