The IELTS Reading test lasts for 1 hour. The test, however, is slightly different for the General module versus the Academic module. The general module is a bit easier, while the academic module is more complex.
Test Pattern: The Academic Module consists of three passages whereas the General Module consists of five passages. The number of questions, however, remains the same for both modules i.e. 40. Although passage-topics for general and academic modules are different, all of them are academic in nature. Their complexity varies.
It is necessary for the candidate to not hesitate or panic, irrespective of their personal knowledge on the passage topics. One does not need personal knowledge in order to answer any of the questions. This test is designed to assess the candidate’s reading comprehension skills, and hence all answers are within the text of the passages. It is important to note, that every answer you attempt is written in text form.