Practice for the Reading Exercise 3

In the IELTS Reading section, you will have 3 exercises. As each exercise is harder than the one before, we recommand to spend more time on the last one, and organize your time as followed:

  • 15 minutes for exercise 1
  • 20 minutes for exercise 2
  • 25 minutes for exercise 3

Do not forget to write your answers down on the answer sheet during these 60 minutes.

In order to achieve a high score on the test, we recommend to practice for the IELTS in real exam conditions.

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What are the differences between IELTS Academic and General Training?

Exercise 3 of the Reading section is presented in a different way in the IELTS Academic test than it is in the IELTS General Training.

IELTS Academic IELTS General Training
The Reading section of the IELTS Academic contains 3 long texts which are:

  • On academic subjects of general interest (topics likely to be studied at university, e.g. cybercrime)
  • Derived from books, newspapers, reviews or magazines
  • Written for a non-specialist audience (all technical vocabulary will be explained in a mini-glossary)
  • Between 2150 and 2750 words, with 40 related questions in total (each worth 1 point)

All 3 IELTS Academic Reading exercises assess your general understanding of a text, of its structure and its features, while the first Reading exercise of the IELTS General Training is more specific, and differs from the two exercises that follow.

The Reading part exercise 3 of the IELTS General Training test is the most difficult one of the section. It contains 13 to 14 questions and a single text which is:

  • Longer and more complex than those of the preceding exercises
  • Concerns a subject of general interest (an example from the British Council: “Rhythmic gymnastics: the oldest form of resistance training in the world”)
  • Taken from a newspaper, magazine, book or online resource
  • Written in a manner which is both descriptive (with detailed information) and instructive (explaining how to do something)

The last reading exercise of the IELTS General Training assesses your aptitude for:

  • Recognising the opinions, attitudes and objectives of an author
  • Following the development of an argument

More information on each of the reading exercises:

Our tips to perform well on exercise 3

Search for synonyms

While you are going through the questions, you will spot the keywords within them. You should then search for them in the text in order to answer the questions. However, the keywords are not usually written the way they are in the text. You will have to find their synonyms instead. This is why it is important to know the meaning of the keyword and to quickly identify the synonyms. For example: “intelligent” and “smart”.

Learn vocabulary

Read books in English, read the press or listen to the radio in English, watch TV in English, all this can help you learn more vocabulary. The more words you know, the better chances you have to understand a full text.

Practice in real exam conditions

The best way to succeed on the test is still to practice specifically on the test. By doing many IELTS exercises, you will get used to the stucture, and thus more efficient on the day of the exam.

Example for the exercice 3 of the IELTS Reading

This example is available on Global-Exam.

PASSAGE 3 – Questions 26 – 31

This passage has six sections, A-F***.

Choose the correct heading for all sections from the list of headings below.

Write the correct number i-ix in boxes 26-30 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

I Genetically modified foods – 20 years on US Market

II Benefits of GM Crops

III Chemicals cause new issues

IV Just shoot me!

V Engineering Vaccinations

VI Improving Global Yields

VII Nobel Peace Prize

VIII Genomes and Cross-breeding

IX New technology, old idea

26. Section A __________

27. Section B __________

28. Section C __________

29. Section D __________

30. Section E __________

31. Section F __________

*** The text that the question refers to as “the passage” has been divided into 6 sections, which are clearly distinguished by a letter, from A to F.

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