KAPLAN.pdf - PART THREE READING MODULE OVERVIEW The Reading module consists of 40 questions based on three passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words

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PART THREE: READING MODULE OVERVIEW The Reading module consists of 40 questions based on three passages, with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words on average. You are advised to spend 20 minutes on each passage and its questions, and there is no time at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Answers must be written on the answer sheet within the 60 minutes given. The IELTS Reading module tests a range of skills, such as skimming and scanning, understanding main ideas, reading for detail and understanding opinion and attitude. The passages come from books, magazines, newspapers and journals and are non-specialised. At least one passage contains a detailed argument. Although the texts are representative of reading requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate students, they are not discipline specific. The passages are usually presented in increasing order of difficulty. Each passage has 13-14 questions, usually broken into two or three sets of different question types. There are 11 main question types in the Reading module; you may see any of them in a given test paper, but you are unlikely to see all of them in a single test paper. The ninth type combines several similar formats into a single question type; in the Strategies course, we will consider examples and strategies for these individual formats. The table below breaks out the different question types, and whether you are expected to write a letter, word(s) or a number. Question Type Form of Answer 1 Multiple Choice Letters 2 True/False/Not Given Words 3 Yes/No/Not Given Words 4 Matching Information Letters 5 Matching Headings Roman numerals 6 Matching Features Letters 7 Matching Sentence Endings Letters 8 Sentence Completion Words and/or a number 9 Summary, Note, Table, Flow-chart Completion Words and/or a number 10 Diagram Label Completion Words and/or a number 11 Short Answer Words and/or a number 81
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I { \ Part Three: Reading 82 Differences between the Academic and General Training Reading Modules While the types of questions on the Academic and General Training Reading Modules are the same, the types of reading passages differ. The Academic Module will usually contain at least one passage organized as a logical argument, while the readings in the General Training module are likely to be more descriptive or instructive. The organization of non-argumentative texts may vary, but common organizational themes are categories, chronological description and describing a process. The Academic Reading module involves reading three passages, with one passage per section. Texts come from books, magazines, newspapers and journals and are non-specialized. At least one passage contains a detailed argument. The General Training Reading module involves reading three or four passages grouped into three or four sections. Section 1 usually deals with social survival - for example, public information leaflets. Section 2 focuses on subjects related to general training and usually
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