By Jiabao Hors

IELTS 2018 Academic Reading Questions

Here we collect recent IELTS academic reading exam questions from internet and other resources. Its contents include real test questions in all academic reading sections; and are organized by test date.

IELTS Exam Questions of All Sections:
Academic Test Speaking Listening Reading Writing
General Test Reading Writing


2018-11-17: Section 1 (Philippines)
The first section was about Alaskan Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

2018-11-17: Section 2 (Philippines)
The section was about Lean Manufacturing, Mass Production, Craft Production systems.

2018-11-17: Section 3 (Philippines)
The section was about Psychology on Self Awareness, External Perception (Bright spots, Dark Spots, Blind Spots, etc...).

2018-11-10: Section 1 (England)
The first section was about the extinction of mammoths.

2018-11-10: Section 2 (England)
The section was about physics in amusements parks.

2018-11-10: Section 3 (England)
The section was about face blindness (prosopagnosia).

2018-10-27: Section 1
The first section was about history of beavers in Mississippi.

2018-10-27: Section 3
The section was about science behind taste bud.

2018-10-11: Section 1 (Brunei Darussalam)
The first section was about Pelicans.

2018-10-11: Section 2 (Brunei Darussalam)
The section was about our sense of smell.

2018-10-11: Section 3 (Brunei Darussalam)
The section was about an explorer named John Franklin.

2018-09-13: Section 1 (India)
Passage three was based on migratory birds (birds of Britain) and the journeys they take.

2018-09-13: Section 2 (India)
Passage two was on African culture and history (tribes of west Africa).

2018-09-13: Section 3 (India)
Passage one was on research and experiments conducted by several scientists to check, how studying overseas can be beneficial form a scientific perspective.

2018-09-08: Section 1 (India)
The first section was carnivorous plants and its mechanism.

2018-09-08: Section 1 (Argentina)
The first section was about the story of pencils.

2018-09-08: Section 2 (India)
The section was something about thinking capacity of western and eastern people and some scientist research related to it.

2018-09-08: Section 2 (Argentina)
The section was about athletes.

2018-09-08: Section 3 (India)
The section was architecture design learning in school.

2018-09-08: Section 3 (Argentina)
The section was theories of the origin of planets.

2018-08-25: Section 1 (Kazakhstan)
The first section was about sound in water.

2018-08-25: Section 1 (Peru)
The first section was about windmill. It was talking about wind turbine used in the pass such us windmill and the recently wind turbine that produce electricity energy.

2018-08-25: Section 2 (Kazakhstan)
The second section was arctic foxes.

2018-08-25: Section 2 (Peru)
The second section was how to find the way. It was how our brain use different stages to remember one way to arrive.

2018-08-25: Section 3 (Kazakhstan)
The third section was about oil production.

2018-08-25: Section 3 (Peru)
The third section was about coral. It was about Palmyra place where a coral describe the Nino Phenomenon.

2018-08-18: Section 1 (Saudi Arabia)
The first section was about triumph of a city.

2018-08-18: Section 2 (Saudi Arabia)
The second section was about real life and play.

2018-08-18: Section 3 (Saudi Arabia)
The third section was about extinction of languages.

2018-08-11: Section 1 (England)
The first section was about coffee shops in London.

2018-08-11: Section 2 (England)
The second section was artist and lairs.

2018-08-11: Section 3 (England)
The third section was about desertification.

2018-07-28: Section 1 (UK)
The passage was about a research in how the animals sleep in different ways and gave examples about them.

2018-07-28: Section 1 (India)
The passage was about musical instruments and their history.

2018-07-28: Section 2 (UK)
The passage was about history of Roman and their culture.

2018-07-28: Section 2 (India)
The passage was about friendship and unity.

2018-07-28: Section 3 (India)
The passage was about plants, fertilizers and its history.

2018-07-19: Section 1 (India)
A passage was about discovery of graphite and making of pencil and its related stuff.

2018-07-19: Section 2 (India)
Paragraph was about sports, Olympics, the sports aids and few speculations about the regulations to be followed In sports.

2018-07-19: Section 3 (India)
Paragraph was about the various theories about planet formation.

2018-06-30: Section 1 (Iran)
A passage was about different tribes with strange names such as xhole, fuemge, trimple...

2018-06-30: Section 2 (Iran)
Paragraph about marine life and other animals in New Zealand-again.

2018-06-30: Section 3 (Iran)
Multiple choice and sentences completions questions about dream.

2018-06-23: Section 1 (India; UK)
A passage was about blue footed boobies of Galapagos Island.

2018-06-23: Section 2 (India; UK)
Paragraph about the art of Multitasking.

2018-06-23: Section 3 (India; UK)
Paragraph about Stardom Everywhere.

2018-06-02: Section 1 (India)
A passage was about Bovine Species.

2018-06-02: Section 1 (Qatar)
A passage was about a village in Africa and farming system implemented (distribution of crops kinds over the year).

2018-06-02: Section 2 (India)
Paragraph about a communication between trees.

2018-06-02: Section 2 (Qatar)
Paragraph about about Alexandria (Egypt) artifacts under water and the method used to rescue them.

2018-06-02: Section 3 (India)
Paragraph about Lie-detection dramas on TV.

2018-06-02: Section 3 (Qatar)
Paragraph about Emotions theories (emotions and scientists experiments, facial expressions......).

2018-05-12: Section 1 (Pakistan)
A passage was about the light (Candles to Edison’ invention).

2018-05-12: Section 2 (Pakistan)
Paragraph about the Biotechnology usage in production process and its causes.

2018-05-12: Section 3 (Pakistan)
Paragraph about the leadership among men and women.

2018-04-26: Section 1 (Kazakhstan)
A passage was about geophysicists dinosaur.

2018-04-26: Section 2 (Kazakhstan)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about seeing under the sea.

2018-04-26: Section 3 (Kazakhstan)
A passage was about technology at work places.

2018-04-21: Section 1 (Canada)
A passage was about first telegraph and Morse code (true/false/ng + fill the gaps).

2018-04-21: Section 2 (Canada)
Bi zen ware (Japanese pottery) (headings/yes/no/ng +fill the gaps).

2018-04-21: Section 3 (Canada)
Dinosaurs (why some species are so big and reasons for their death – presented various theories of scientists) / yes/no/ multiple choice/ fill the gaps with words from box).

2018-04-14: Section 1 (Kazakhstan)
A passage was about copy your neighbor.

2018-04-14: Section 1 (Iran)
A passage was about history of sugar.

2018-04-14: Section 1 (Indonesia)
A passage was about New Zealand walking path.

2018-04-14: Section 2 (Kazakhstan)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about Biological Biodiversity.

2018-04-14: Section 2 (Iran)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about digital analysis of literary texts.

2018-04-14: Section 2 (Indonesia)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about about space trip relate to searching on asteroid.

2018-04-14: Section 3 (Kazakhstan)
A passage was about Neanderthal Technology.

2018-04-14: Section 3 (Iran)
A passage was about practical use of scientific journals and articles in academic settings.

2018-04-14: Section 3 (Indonesia)
A passage was about gifted children on many different countries.

2018-04-07: Section 1 (Bahrain)
About Katherine Mansfield ( New Zealand Writer).

2018-04-07: Section 2 (Bahrain)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about Australian Parrots.

2018-04-07: Section 3 (Bahrain)
A passage was about people Deaf to Music.

2018-03-24: Section 1 (Canada)
Finding life in exo moons: table filling, true, false.

2018-03-24: Section 1 (Oman)
Sources of water in Australia.

2018-03-24: Section 2 (Oman)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage about hibernation.

2018-03-24: Section 3 (Oman)
Sherlock Holmes and the author Arthur Conan Doyle.

2018-03-10: Section 1 (India)
About Australian dentist jobs in rural.

2018-03-10: Section 3 (India)
About current status of English language in different countries.

2018-03-03: Section 1
A passage was about a female researcher teaching a parrot type bird to talk.

2018-03-03: Section 2
A passage was about sense of smell of human beings and wrong views about them.

2018-03-03: Section 3
A passage was about literacy issues in rural areas of Australia.

2018-02-24: Section 1 (Ethiopia; Nigeria)
A passage about geology and lake tsunamis focusing on a lake tsunami that happened near Geneva in the 6th century.

2018-02-24: Section 2 (Ethiopia; Nigeria)
A passage about Tasmanian tiger and its extinction and possible sightings.

2018-02-24: Section 3 (Ethiopia; Nigeria)
A passage about whether talent or hard work contributes more to success and what employers should focus on cultivating.

2018-02-10: Section 2 (UK)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage

It was about smell.

2018-02-10: Section 3 (UK)
It was About an explorer and a writer who wrote a book about him.

2018-02-03: Section 1 (India; Kuwait)
It was about historical Australian paintings and art.

2018-02-03: Section 2 (India; Kuwait)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage

about indoor pollution

2018-02-03: Section 3 (India; Kuwait)
It was about about academic research in universities.

2018-02-01: Section 1 (Nigeria; Sudan; India)
Yes/No/NG, multiple choice questions about advertising

2018-02-01: Section 2 (Nigeria; Sudan; India)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage

Passage on horses

2018-02-01: Section 3 (Nigeria; Sudan; India)
It was about work schedules(days of the week)

2018-01-20: Section 1 (Vietnam)
Yes/No/NG, multiple choice questions about Koala

2018-01-20: Section 2 (Vietnam)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage

about affect of weather on economy and agriculture

2018-01-20: Section 3 (Ireland)
It was about three libraries in USA: New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

2018-01-20: Section 3 (Vietnam)
summary completion using words from the passage, multiple choice questions

It was about intelligence: mapping information with name of researchers.

2018-01-20: Section 4 (Ireland)
Read the passage and answer questions

It was about Grimm brothers fairly tails.

2018-01-18: Section 1 (Kuwait; India)
Yes/No/NG, multiple choice questions about slow food vs fast food

2018-01-18: Section 2 (Kuwait; India)
Read and summary completion using words from the passage

about hypermiling

2018-01-18: Section 3 (Kuwait; India)
passage-history of economic growth in Britain in 5th to 19th century

2018-01-06: Section 1 (Hong Kong)
Yes/No/NG, multiple choice questions

Development of news.

2018-01-06: Section 1 (India)
Yes/No/NG, multiple choice questions

6 different types of linguistics method.

2018-01-06: Section 2 (Hong Kong)
Read the passage and answer questions

The emotions.

2018-01-06: Section 2 (India)
Read the passage and answer questions

A passage about spider silk.

2018-01-06: Section 3 (Hong Kong)
About Migrating and voyaging of the Asians to the Pacific

2018-01-06: Section 3 (India)
A passage about persuasion.