IELTS Reading Academic Tasks and Question Types

IELTS Reading Academic Tasks and Question Types

To get a high score for IELTS Reading you should know what question types there will be in the reading section. Each type has its own traps and you should use certain reading strategies to deal with different questions. If you don’t know what to expect in IELTS reading it could be really hard to complete the tasks within the time limit – 60 minutes.

IELTS Academic reading is harder than IELTS General because in the General Module the texts are shorter in the first 2 sections. However, the last text is Academic. In IELTS Academic there are 3 huge texts.

The task types are as follows:

Fill in the gaps with the words from the text


A similar task is YES, NO and NOT GIVEN:

Multiple choice questions:


A summary:


Matching headings to the paragraphs:

Matching the statements:

One of the most time-consuming and difficult tasks:

Choosing two answers:

Matching statements to names:


Remember that there are different reading strategies depending on the task type.