Read in your free time! The IELTS texts are general academic texts. This means they are taken from sources such as textbooks and specialist magazines and journals. If you are not familiar with reading these kinds of texts in English it is essential that you start reading them in your free time so that you are used to the types of language and structure used when you meet them in the exam. Three typical sources for IELTS texts are in order of difficulty easiest first the National Geographic, the New Scientist and the Economist. You can get these magazines in most newsagents.