The reading tutorial is different for both academic and general training candidates. Remember the format is same but attempt is different and also the type and level of technical skills is different for both. The test has 40 questions based on a series of 3 texts. The test has to be completed in 60 minutes and no extra time will be given.
Academic Reading is harder as compared to General training Reading in IELTS.There are 3 texts and each contains 13-14 questions. Each text has questions of different formats. . The total length of all the texts put together will be between 2000 and 2750 words. The texts will come from magazines, journals and books and are written for general interest or for an academic though non-specialist reader. At least one text will contain a logical argument. One text may contain non-verbal materials such as a diagram, graph or illustration. If there are any words or terms of a specialist technical nature which candidates would not be expected to know, then a short glossary will be provided.
COMMON ACADEMIC READING QUESTION TYPES
FORMAT FOR GENERAL READING
Section 1 will normally have 2 or maybe 3 "texts" with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer in 2 or 3 sets of differing formats. Section 1 tests the candidate on "social survival" in an English speaking country. The questions usually involve the candidate finding and providing factual information from a variety of texts. Texts in section 1 are relatively short and there may be a number of "mini texts' to look through, eg: a series of advertisements on similar subjects.
Section 2 again usually has 2 texts with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer. Section 2 concentrates on the context of training and welfare in an English speaking country. The texts here will be more complicated using more intricate language and structure.
Section 3 will have 1 text with 13 or maybe 14 questions to answer. Section 3 tests candidates' ability to deal with longer pieces of writing. The reading passage will again involve more complex language than the 2 previous sections.
The candidate has to read thoroughly and should not skim the text. It is a test of reading and not of general knowledge.