The main purpose of including reading module in IELTS is to check the ability of the candidates to navigate and locate information.
Alike listening test, there are 40 questions and there are variety of question types used in IELTS reading such as multiple choice question, identifying information True, False, Not given / Yes, No, Not Given (make sure to read the question instruction) matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentences endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram completion, short-answer questions. Each question carries one mark so try solve every one of them.
Generally, there are three sections in IELTS reading, each sections includes one long text with authentic words. The passages in IELTS reading contains approximately 2,150-2,750 words in total and as you move further you have to deal with more advanced passages. PS remember the well-known English proverb “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” and move forward. The passages on the IELTS reading are written for poor skilled people and are on academic topic of general interest taken out from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. You may need to solve non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs, or illustrations.
General Training Reading:
The texts in general training reading are taken out from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers. Normally, there are three sections in general training reading.
Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be made up of 6 - 8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements. The topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues, e.g. applying for a job, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training.
Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.