To find a menu of all my Reading lessons, videos and general information about the IELTS Reading test, scroll to the bottom of the page or click this link: IELTS Reading Lessons
On this page, you’ll find a list of short practice activities to help you prepare for the IELTS Reading test. Each includes a reading passage, questions and answers.
They are designed to give you focused practice on the specific reading skills you’ll need to achieve a high score and also, to learn topic vocabulary that might come up in your exam.
All the texts come from sources I recommend on my Resources page for your ongoing reading and listening practice.
Many activities will take just a few minutes, others a little longer but they will help to ensure that you are exposed to and use English every day, the number one way to improve your skills and attain a high band score in your test.
Fit these activities, and the similar Listening Practice Samples into your daily IELTS preparation schedule as a quick, easy way to get in that daily reading practice.
The topics covered are relevant for both Academic Reading IELTS and General Reading IELTS so the activities will help you with either test. Where a reading sample has been specifically created for General Reading students, I have marked it GT.
Reading Sample 1 – What matters most
when speaking a new language
Reading Sample 2 – Fire evacuation plan (GT)
Reading Sample 3 – Climate change and loss of biodiversity
Reading Sample 4 – The wasp queen
Reading Sample 5 – Discovering our ancestors
Reading Sample 6 – Telecommunication - undersea cables
Reading Sample 7 – Biodiversity
Reading Sample 8 – Mining asteroids
Reading Sample 9 – Dress Code Policy (GT)
Reading Sample 10 – How to fight desertification & drought
Reading Sample 11 – Best buggies (GT)
Reading Sample 12 – Population pyramids
Reading Sample 13 – Tiny houses
Reading Sample 14 – Underwater Farms / Aquaculture
Reading Sample 15 – Vacancy for
warehouse manager (GT)
Reading Sample 16 – Our relationship with food
Reading Sample 17 – The History of tattoos
Reading Sample 18 – Public vs private art collections
Reading Sample 19 – Making a travel insurance claim (GT)
Reading Sample 20 – Mental & physical wellbeing
Reading Sample 21 – Government & democracy
Reading Sample 22 – Becoming an astronaut
Reading Sample 23 – Flu symptoms & treatment (GT)
Reading Sample 24 – Manuka honey
Reading Sample 25 – Writing a will (GT)
Reading Sample 26 – Train technology
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Reading Practice Samples – Short activities to improve your reading skills & help you learn topic vocabulary.