Different task types

In real life, we use the different skills discussed in the previous lesson to ascertain certain information that we need to get where we want to go, or find out what we need to know to do our jobs.

The IELTS test recreates such situations using certain task types.

Let’s have a quick look at all the different task types in the Reading test.

As previously stated, the task types in the Academic reading test and the General training reading test are almost the same. Any differences will be mentioned where relevant.

Here are the different types of question:

  • Task type 1 – Multiple choice
  • Task type 2 – Identifying information
  • Task type 3 – Identifying writer’s views/claim
  • Task type 4 – Matching information
  • Task type 5 – Matching headings
  • Task type 6 – Matching features
  • Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings
  • Task type 8 – Sentence completion
  • Task type 9 – Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
  • Task type 10 – Diagram label completion
  • Task type 11 – Short-answer questions

You should be familiar with all of these task types so that you can help learners to recognise them and know how to deal with them. We will look at them all in the next three units. Not all of them will appear in every Reading test, but any of them could appear in any section.

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