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Academic practice tests

Before you head into your test, make sure you take some time to get familiar with the computer-delivered format of the test. These sample materials will give you an idea of what to expect in the computer-delivered IELTS Academic Reading and Writing tests.

Computer-delivered IELTS Academic Reading test

The Academic Reading question types in IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test:

  • 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
  • Sentence Completion
  • 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.

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)
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Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
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Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
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Sample Academic (Reading Note Completion)
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Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings
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Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)
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Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)
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Sample Academic Reading Sentence Completion
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Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)
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Academic Writing

The Academic Writing question types in IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test:

  • In Part 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Sample Academic Writing test questions are given below. Sample responses with band scores and examiner comments are also provided.

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Sample Academic Writing – Part 1
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Sample Academic Writing – Part 2
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