You will be given a piece of text to read. You will be expected to show your understanding of this by answering a number of questions related to the text. The Reading Test is divided into four sections;
Part A: you are required to answer a range of question types, including True / False, where you read a number of statements relating to the text and decide whether they are true or false, justifying your answers with evidence from the text; Multiple Choice questions in which you have to choose the correct answer from three or four different options; and open questions. The questions in Part A test your ability to scan a text for specific information and to show understanding of key concepts.
Part B: You have to match short paragraph summaries with a number of paragraphs in the text. You may, alternatively, be required to choose the best paragraph summary from a choice of two or more for specific paragraphs from the text. These questions test your ability to recognise global organisation of a text.
Part C: You are expected to match words and phrases in the question paper with synonyms (words with the same or similar meanings) in the text. You are directed to the paragraph in which each word or phrase is found. You may also have to choose the best synonym for a word in the text from a choice of four possible options. This part of the exam tests your understanding of vocabulary from the surrounding context.
Part D: You have to match referents, e.g. he, it, whose, etc. with the subject, person, idea, etc. which they refer to in the text. This part of the exam tests your ability to understand sentence level cohesion (how a text is organised and connected).
Time allowed 60 minutes