The Academic Reading Module consists of 3 sections or 3 reading passages with approximately 40 questions. The three reading passages are on topics of general interest and usually these passages are taken from books, newspapers, journals, publications or magazines. At least one passage contains detailed logical argument. The reading passages are sometimes illustrated with diagrams, tables, pictures or graphs and each passage has accompanying questions. The passages vary in length (on an average 650 to 1200 words).
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- Keep an eye on the time and take care not to spend too much time on any one text or question.
- Remember that you only have 60 minutes to answer the questions and to transfer your answers onto
your answer sheet.
- Start at the beginning of the test and work through it. If you cannot do a particular question, leave it
and go on to the next. You can then return to that question later, if you have time. Put a mark next to
- Answer as many questions as you can.
- Look carefully at the title of the text and any subtitles and illustrations it may have. You can get a quick
- idea of what the text is about from these.
- Read the instructions for each set of questions very carefully. It is important to do exactly what you are
- asked to do.
- Skim the questions, where appropriate, before reading the text so that you have a purpose for reading.
- Read through the text quickly so that you are familiar with the topic and how it is developed in the text.
- An understanding of the text structure can be very helpful when answering the questions.
- Look at the dictionary definition, if one is provided, to help you understand unfamiliar words.
- Pay attention to any examples that are provided.
- Keep to the word limit. If you are asked for ‘NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS’, for example, then do
- not write more.
- Copy words accurately from the text. Spelling mistakes will mean that you will lose the mark for that
- Make sure your answer is grammatically correct where you have to write your answer in words, e.g.
- short-answer questions, sentence completion, summary completion.
- Don’t waste time reading the whole text each time for each set of questions. Remember that many task
- types ask you to locate or check details in the text. In cases like this, you need to skim quickly through
- the text rather than reading it all carefully.
- Don’t go back to the beginning of the text for each question when you know from the task type that the
- answers will come in the order of the information in the text.
- Don’t become anxious if there are questions you cannot answer. Leave them and move on to the next
- question. You can always come back to the ones you couldn’t answer at the end of the test, if you
- have time.
- Don’t worry if you don’t understand every word. It may not be necessary to understand all the words in
- order to answer the questions correctly.
- Don’t forget that you must write your answers on your answer sheet. You will NOT be given extra time
- to do this at the end of the test.
- Don’t write more than one answer when only one is required. Even if one of your answers is correct,
- you will not receive a mark.