However, below you can see a rough guide that you can use to assess your practice on the ielts practice tests that you use. There is no guarantee that you will perform the same in the real test itself as the test converters vary with each test, but it can be a guide to your progress.
Read the questions and instructions so you dont make a silly mistake. For example, people often will mix the yes/no answers with the true/false answers and write yes as an answer instead of true or vice versa. As I said above, dont spend too long on a difficult answer but also keep an eye on the clock. Its a good idea to have your watch or a small clock on your desk so you know exactly how long you have left in the test at any given time. The test has 40 questions based on a series of 3 texts. The total length of all the texts put together will be between 20 words. As in all the different parts of ielts, the Academic Reading Test gets progressively harder through the paper. Marking, there are 40 questions in the ielts Academic Reading Test and 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer. There are no half marks. Your final mark out of 40 is then converted to a band from 1 9 using a converting table and this band is then averaged with the other 3 parts of the test to give. However, the best way to improve your ielts Reading score is by doing a lot of reading and vocabulary work. It can depend on the length of the text and how much time you have. Lets look at these variables. If the question type is difficult and asking something which is hard to answer then reading the text first can help. What I tell students is to experiment in your practice and see what suits you for the different types of question in different situations. As usual practising your techniques with good quality ielts practice tests is the key.