Academic Reading

The Academic Reading question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
  • Identifying a Writer’s Views/Claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
  • Matching Information
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Features
  • Matching Sentence Endings
  • Summary Completion
  • Note Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow-chart Completion
  • Diagram Label Completion
  • Short Answer Questions

Any of these question types may appear in any of the three parts of the test. 

You can find detailed information about the IELTS Academic Reading question types here.

A selection of sample Academic Reading test questions is given below. Answer keys are also provided for you to check your answers.

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Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

Click on the correct answers.

Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Note Completion

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings

You will read a Part 2 text about the physics of traffic behaviour.

For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the ‘Plain English’ movement, which promotes the use of clear English.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases) 

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about language.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the effect of a low-calorie diet on the ageing process.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion

You will read a Part 2 text which discusses whether birds evolved from dinosaurs.
 
Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Matching Sentence Endings

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the scientific community in London in the 1700s. 
 
Click on the correct answer.