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Everything IELTS Academic - A Comprehensive Guide to IELTS Academic

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  1. Paraphrasing Technique

    Paraphrasing Technique - Two Methods to Paraphrase a Sentence
    1 Quiz
  2. Reading
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  3. Part 2: Text Types in IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  4. Part 2: Questions Forms and Reading Rules
    2 Topics
  5. Part 4: Types of questions and Strategies
    9 Topics
  6. Part 5: Common Mistakes
    2 Topics
  7. Part 6: IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests
  8. Listening
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Listening
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  9. Part 2: Detailing Questions
    3 Topics
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    5 Quizzes
  10. Part 3: Summary Questions
    4 Topics
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    4 Quizzes
  11. Part 4: Common Mistakes
    4 Topics
  12. Part 5: IELTS Listening Practice Tests
    10 Quizzes
  13. Writing
    Part 1: IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 - Reports
    15 Topics
  14. Part 2: IELTS Writing Task 2 - Essay
    16 Topics
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    18 Quizzes
  15. Part 3: Two-task Practice Tests
    6 Quizzes
  16. Speaking
    Part 1: Introduction to IELTS Speaking
    3 Topics
  17. Part 2: A good IELTS Speaking Performance
    2 Topics
  18. Part 3: Common Mistakes in IELTS Speaking
  19. Part 4: IELTS Speaking Practice Tests
    7 Quizzes
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The IELTS Academic Reading exam is intended to test your reading comprehension skills. The exam result represents your level of comprehending and interpreting written materials that are related to academic topics.

The Reading section of the IELTS Academic test has 40 questions spread over 3 parts with 3 different texts. The texts are taken from various materials such as research papers, academic coursebooks, and scientific speeches. They are made of a similar level of difficulty to texts that you may encounter in academia.

The IELTS Academic Reading exam is designed to be just and unbiased, with randomized questions to prevent any candidates from having an advantage. If you find yourself getting topics that you are familiar with, it is just a coincidence. The questions are prepared to assess your abilities to:

  • Recognizing main ideas and specific details
  • Comprehending the author’s purpose and tone
  • Identifying relationships between various pieces of information
  • Understanding a range of vocabulary
  • Determining meaning from the context

You are asked to use the provided texts to answer the questions. No other information is needed to answer the questions. Information in the texts can be true or fictional. You have 1 hour to complete the test.

You are assessed on a 9-band scale, with scores ranging from 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert user). The scores are based on a combination of the number of correct responses and your ability to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the texts.

See the estimations of calculated scores in the table below.

Band scoreNumber of correct answers
939-40
8.537-38
835-36
7.532-34
730-31
6.526-29
623-25
5.518-22
516-17
4.513-15
410-12
3.58-9
36-7
2.54-5
Estimation of IELTS Academic Reading Exam Calculation