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IELTS – Reading

Don’t read the whole passage. Train yourself to scan and notice only the important information. After you go over the text for the first time, you should know what each paragraph is about, what its main idea is. This way of “reading” saves your time.

Highlight the keywords in the text- you will need to go back to the reading and scan it to find information to answer a question. So when you read the text, highlight such things as proper nouns (e.g. names of people, places, and things), time period etcetera.

Read the instructions very carefully as it tells you what and from where to find.

Read the questions first and then read the passage – as it gives you an idea of what to find in the passage.

Watch your time closely. Do not divide the 60 minutes you have into 3 equal parts of 20 minutes. Because the last passage is the hardest and you are going to need more than 20 minutes to crack it. So we suggest 15 – 20 – 25.

Don’t forget to copy your answers directly into the Answer Sheet. You can write them in the question booklet as you read the passage, but you get your score based on what is written in the Answer Sheet and writing directly into Answer Sheet will save your time.

Try to write answers in uppercase letter form because it avoids spelling mistakes and makes the words clearer to read.

If you can’t find an answer to a certain question – mark it (???) so you can easily see it later and move on to the next one, don’t get stuck. Later you can get back, find all the question marks and try answering those questions again if you have time left.

Count the words in your answer. If the instructions say “answer in 3 words” – you need to answer in EXACTLY 3 WORDS, when even “a” “an” and “the” count as a word!

Check your spellings. As if there are spelling mistakes the answer will be marked incorrect and be careful to use singular and plural correctly.

Attempt all questions; as there is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Check your answers after completing the test.