Both General and Academic IELTS Reading papers last for 1 hour and contain 40 questions, split over 3 sections.
Section 1: contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be made up of 6 – 8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements. The topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2: contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues, e.g. applying for a job, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training.
Section 3: contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.
A variety of question types such as, multiple choice, short-answer questions, sentence completion, classification, matching headings/information, identification of writer’s view/claims – yes, no, not given, identification of information in the text – true, false, not given.
Answers and notes should be written on the question paper and then transferred to the IELTS Answer sheet, throughout the exam as there is not extra time allowed at end to transfer your answers, unlike IELTS Listening.