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Duration and Format:

The General Training Reading Module takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions, based on
three reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words. Texts and questions appear on
a Question Paper which candidates can write on but not remove from the test room. All
answers must be entered on an Answer Sheet during the 60-minute test. No extra time is
allowed to transfer answers.

Task Types:

A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types:

• multiple choice

• short-answer questions

• sentence completion

• notes/summary/diagram/flow-chart/table completion

• choosing from a ‘heading bank’ for identified paragraphs/sections of the text

• identification of writer’s views/claims – yes, no or not given

• identification of information in the text – yes, no or not given/true, false or not given

• classification

• matching lists/phrases

Texts and Topics: 

Texts are taken from notices, advertisements, official documents, booklets, newspapers,
instruction manuals, leaflets, timetables, books and magazines.

The first section, ‘social survival’, contains texts relevant to basic linguistic survival in English
with tasks mainly about retrieving and providing general factual information. ‘Training
survival’, the second section, focuses on the training context, for example on the training
programme itself or on welfare needs. This section involves a text or texts of more complex
language with some precise or elaborated expression. The third section, ‘general reading’,
involves reading more extended prose with a more complex structure but with the emphasis
on descriptive and instructive rather than argumentative texts, in a general context relevant
to the wide range of candidates involved.

Marking and Assessment:

One mark is awarded for each correct answer in the 40 item test. A Band Score conversion
table is produced for each version of the General Training Reading Module which translates
scores out of 40 into the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported as a whole band or a
half band. Care should be taken when writing answers on the Answer Sheet as poor spelling
and grammar are penalised.

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