Free IELTS reading materials are available at Exam English, IELTS Mentor and IELTS.org. The reading component of IELTS consists of a variety of question types, some of which are multiple choice, identifying the writer's claims, matching information and matching sentence endings.
IELTS is an English proficiency exam that the British Council administers. As of 2015, over 9,000 organizations worldwide recognize IELTS as an evidence of English language skills. Test takers can use their IELTS certificates when applying to academic study, immigration visas and professional opportunities.
In addition to reading, IELTS also tests individuals' English language skills in writing, speaking and listening. IELTS then uses a nine-band scale to grade the performance of the test takers. A score of nine indicates that the individual has a full operational command of the English language with complete fluency.