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Tips for the Reading test


Tips for the Reading test

Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The reading test is considered by many to be the most difficult part of IELTS. And with some justification. You have to read 3 long sections, each with multiple paragraphs, and answer 40 questions (13 to 14 per section). Unlike the listening test, no extra time is given at the end to
transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Time can be a major constraint
since you only have an hour to finish the test.

Start by reading the How to prepare for IELTS – Reading test manual at the Hong Kong City University site to familiarize yourself with the test, the types of questions that are asked and strategies for answering them. The key to doing well in this part is practice. Read newspapers, magazines and books. Try and improve your reading skills and speed. Do the
practice tests in Cambridge IELTS 3.
The most important thing to understand is that the test does NOT assess your comprehension of the paragraphs. It does NOT test how well you have understood the passage. It tests specific skills called Scanning and Skimming.

Scanning is what one does, for example, when looking for a phone number in a directory. You know the specific information you are looking for and you go down the page quickly to find it. This technique is used when answering questions such as multiple-choice and matching. You scan the passage to quickly find the information mentioned in the question. Once you find it, you get the answer from the passage and write it against the question.

Skimming refers to reading a paragraph quickly to get an idea of what it is about, without trying to understand its details. This technique is part of the initial reading (see below). It can be modified (reading a little slower) to answer “Provide headings for the paragraphs” , “In which paragraph does this information appear in the text?” and “Author’s views” type of
The sections get progressively more difficult. Aim to spend about 15 to17 minutes on Section 1, 20 minutes on Section 2 and 23 to 25 minutes on Section 3. If possible, keep some spare time to check your answers. I would suggest ( and this is how I did it ) that you first read all the questions quickly to get an idea of what type of information is required and whether scanning or skimming (or a combination of the two) is called for. As you read the questions, use a pencil to underline important information such as dates, places and names.

Once you are through with reading all the questions, skim over the text and underline / mark important parts. If you see any information relating to the questions, mark it straight away. You may even be able to answer some questions as you read.
Answer the questions one by one with the help of the underlined parts of the text. Having read the text once, you will find it easy to find specific information by scanning.

The answers usually appear in the text in the same order as the questions. That is, the answer to question 4 will be earlier in the text than the answer to question 5. This need not always be true. It may apply to each question type rather than to all the questions taken together. The answer to MCQ 2 will appear before that to MCQ 3 and the answer to Matching question 2 will usually appear earlier than that to Matching question 3. However, the answer to MCQ 3 may appear before the answer to Matching question 2. This will not apply to questions like “In which paragraph does this information appear?” and “Yes / No / Not given”. For these question types, the information may be scattered randomly anywhere in the paragraphs.
As soon as you find an answer, write it against the question on the question paper. It is not always a good idea to try answering questions in the order in which they are asked.
Read the instructions for each question very carefully. If the question specifies that you must not use more than three words in your answer, stick to three words. The toughest questions are the True / False / Not given and Yes / No / Not given ones. Practise doing these questions till you are confident. Make sure you do not answer True / False for a Yes / No question and vice versa. Such an answer will be considered wrong and fetch no marks.
Do not get stuck on any one question. If you can’t get the answer, move on. You can always come back later.




Tips for Reading IELTS


Tips for Reading IELTS


The Academic Reading Module takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions. There are three reading passages with a total of 1500 to 2000 words.
Tests are taken from magazines, journals, books, and newspapers. At least one text contains detailed logical argument. One text may contain non-verbal materials such
as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types:
· -Multiple choice
· -Short-answer questions
· -Sentence completion
· -Notes/ summary/ diagram/ flow chart/ table completion
· -Choosing from a “heading bank” for identified paragraphs/
Sections of the text
· -Identification of writer’s views / attitudes/ claims
· -Classification
· -Matching lists / phrases

Texts and questions appear on a Question Paper which candidates can write on but not remove from the test room. All answers must be entered on an Answer Sheet during the 60- minute test. No extra time is allowed to transfer answers In reading part one must follow the following part to solve it
(1) In the reading part one have to read & understand, THE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PASSAGE
(2). Read the questions FIRST & remember them. Circle key words on the QUESTIONS like dates, names, places etc.
This is so that you can have an idea of the type of information you will be looking for & when you are reading the passage these keywords /triggers will ring a bell.
(3). Read instructions carefully. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT because this is a READING test. You have to read instructions also
(4). Read the first Para & glance through the questions and think if you can answer any question.
(5). Read other paragraph & do the same
(6). While reading paragraph also encircle the key words in the paragraph.
(7). Remember one thing, all the questions in ONE PARTICULAR SET are in a sequence & order and SO is the information in the paragraph. So is you answer 1 of a SET then logically the info in the paragraph is for 2 and so on.
(8). Do at least one hour of reading daily in quiet place & try to read 6 pages.
(9). Daily in the night attempts just one passages (not three)& do it in 20 minutes.

15 most important IELTS reading Tips

15 most important IELTS reading Tips

1-Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
2- Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.

3-Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.

4-Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.

5-If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.

6-Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose.

7-The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.

8-Do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it.

9-Check your spelling.

10-Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions.

11-Be careful to use singular and plural correctly.

12-pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect.

13-If the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect.

14-Attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose.

15-Check your answers.




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