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IELTS | Test Takers - Academic Reading sample


The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.

Texts for the Academic Reading test are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of question types is used including multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer's views, matching information, sentence completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions and more.

A selection of sample tasks is included below. If you want further practise with a whole test or to check whether you are ready to take the IELTS test, you can order the Official IELTS Practice Materials from here.

Downloadable Academic Reading sample tasks
Diagram label completion (PDF, 61KB)
Identifying information (PDF, 35KB)
Identifying writer's views (PDF, 56KB)
Matching features (PDF, 22KB)
Matching headings (PDF, 26KB)
Multiple choice questions (PDF, 21KB)
Table completion (PDF, 59KB)



Academic Reading answer sheet
IELTS Reading answer sheet (PDF, 130KB)


Note: Information and test samples taken from and is current at the time of publishing. Please contact us or IELTS in order to ensure the information you receive is current and appropriate for your personal situation.