Tips for IELTS Reading Test

IELTS reading test has 40 questions distributed into 3 sections. Time allowed for this part is 60 minutes.

IELTS Academic test: It includes long extracts from research reports, journals, books, newspapers and magazines. You have to answer questions on each extract specially designed for students seeking education in international institution.

IELTS General Training test: It includes abstracts from magazines, newspapers, hand-books, notices and books. You have to answer questions on given abstract specially designed to assess your routine interactive skills in English language.

   Tips for Reading Part of IELTS

Tips to score high in reading test are as follows:

  1. Reading part has a short time. Each question gets hardly a minute. Be a fast reader.
  2. Don’t read the given paragraphs thoroughly. Skim and scan the key information from each line while reading speedily.
  3. Have an eye on the questions too while reading the paragraphs. It helps in grasping the required information (answer) quickly without wasting time on reading everything to answer.
  4. Give attention to the specific information such as definitions, terminology, dates or quoted assumption. These are the areas mostly asked in the questions.
  5. If a table or a graph is given within the text, note the information given on it.
  6. Some questions refer to areas of the paragraph indirectly. Their answers may not be present directly in the paragraph. You have to conclude or predict on the basis of existing information to answer.
  7. In some questions, you are asked about the meaning of a ‘word’ used in the paragraph. If the question states ‘what does this word means here?’, it means it is referring to the contextual meaning of the word. Better focus on the contextual meaning rather than the literal meaning of the word.
  8. If you find a question too complicated and it is taking much of your time.  Leave it to be solved in the end. Sticking to one question will waste a lot of your time for other easy questions.
  9. Read the instructions given for each group of question carefully. Sometimes, the instruction refers to attempt the question according to specific directions.

   Preparation for Reading part of IELTS

Preparation guidelines for reading part of IELTS are as follows:

  1. Acquire the habit of fast reading. Students have habit of reading slowly to understand the contents with care. For preparation for reading part of IELTS, read essays on daily basis. Read each essay speedily to adopt the habit of fast reading to grasp the content speedily.
  2. For preparation, select scholarly written literature for your reading. Read research publication, reports, standard books and so on. The passages, given in the test, have a level of vocabulary and formal style of written content. Familiarize yourself with such literary written material.
  3. Reading newspaper on daily basis proves helpful in preparation for IELTS reading part.
  4. You should practice sample tests designed for reading as many times as possible. It helps you in understanding the nature questions as well as tactics to answer them promptly.
  5. Also, focus on improving your vocabulary as much as possible in the available time for preparation. Having good vocabulary will help you comprehend the given passages easily.

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