The IELTS Reading test is made up of 40 questions which are based on three long texts. The questions range from multiple choice to identifying information and a writer’s views or claims, matching information, headings, features and sentence endings, sentence, summary, note, table, diagram label or flow-chart completion, and short answer questions.  You will get one mark for each correct answer in the IELTS Reading test. The total correct answers will determine your Raw score from which your band score will be determined. It is very important to try and answer every question as a blank answer will get no marks. The tables below show the average number of marks you need to get a particular band score in Academic Reading and General Training Reading

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What is the 'pass mark' for the IELTS test?

In the IELTS Life Skills test, your results are given as a pass or fail mark.


There is no pass or fail in IELTS Academic or General Training test. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

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