Academic Reading Samples

Academic Reading Test has three sections or three reading passages that you’ll have to answer in an hour. Each reading passage will come with 13-14 questions and three reading passages will have 40 questions (sometimes 41) in total. Each question carries 1 mark. For each correct answer, you will get one mark.
You can’t read every single line of the reading passages and then answer the questions as time will be against you then. You need to use scanning, skimming, guessing, eliminating wrong answer etc techniques to find the answers to these questions. You are allowed to mark and make notes in your reading question booklet, but you will have to write your answers in the answer sheet. No extra time will be given to transfer the answer.

Each section of the Academic Reading Test contains one long text or reading passage. These texts/passages are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is usually provided.

IELTS Academic Reading Sample 1 – Population Viability Analysis

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-12 which are based on Reading Passage 1 below: Population Viability Analysis Part A To make political decisions about the extent and type of forestry...

IELTS Academic Reading Sample 2 – Visual Symbols and the Blind

You should spend no more than 20 minutes on Questions 27-40 which are based on Reading Passage 2 below. Visual Symbols and the Blind Part 1 From...

IELTS Academic Reading Sample 3 – Zoo Conservation Programmes

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 16-28 which are based on Reading Passage 3 below.Zoo Conservation Programmes One of London Zoo’s recent advertisements...

IELTS Academic Reading Sample 4 – A Workaholic Economy

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 27-38 which are based on Reading Passage 4 below. A Workaholic Economy For the first century or so of the...

IELTS Academic Reading Sample 6 – A Remarkable Beetle

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-13 which are based on Reading Passage 6 below.  A Remarkable Beetle Some of the most remarkable beetles...