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The Academic Reading Module takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions.   There are three reading passages with a total of 1500 to 2000 words.

Tests are taken from magazines, journals, books, and newspapers. At   least one text contains detailed logical argument. One text may contain    non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.


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 / attitudes/ claims


-Matching lists / phrases

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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



In reading part one must follow the following part to solve it


 (1)  In the reading part one have to read & understand, THE QUESTIONS  ABOUT THE PASSAGE


 (2). Read the questions FIRST & remember them. Circle key words on the QUESTIONS like dates, names, places etc. This is so that you can have an idea of the type of information you will be looking for & when you are reading the passage these key words/triggers will ring a bell.


 (3). Read instructions carefully. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT because this is a READING test. You have to read instructions also


 (4). Read the first Para & glance through the questions and think if  you can answer any question.


 (5). Read other paragraph & do the same


 (6). While reading paragraph also encircle the key words in the paragraph.


 (7). Remember one thing, all the questions in ONE PARTICULAR SET are in a sequence & order and SO is the information in the paragraph. So is you answer 1 of a SET then logically the info in the paragraph is for 2 and so on.


 (8). Do at least one hour of reading daily in quiet place & try to read 6 pages.


 (9). Daily in the night attempts just one passages (not three)& do it   in 20 minutes.


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