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Updated: Apr 10

Some important Tips to Remember:

  • You are not reading for pleasure or to understand the passage, but to find information.

  • Your job is to find the answers for 40 questions in 60mins.

  • Time management is of utmost important.

  • Read the instruction carefully and follow it

Types of Reading in IELTS:

Academic Reading :

In this section, it focuses on your skills in understanding an argument, understanding a writer's opinion or attitude, purpose of writing, also to comprehend ideas and suggested meanings in texts. Your ability to skim, scan and grasp the detailed essence of the text is deeply evaluated.

The reading test in IELTS academic is divided into three parts, each featuring a comprehensive passage extracted from contemporary books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These passages reflects topics relevant to Academic and Professional environments in English Speaking context.

Format of the Test: You are required to tackle 40 questions in 60 minutes in the Academic Reading Test which may include questions like:

  • True/False/Not Given

  • Match the Headings

  • Multiple Choice Questions

  • Find the information from the Paragraphs

  • Yes/No/Not Given

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Find the correct sentence endings

  • Find the name of the person who said the following

  • Summaries

  • Notes

  • Tables

  • Flow Charts

  • Diagrams

  • Select from the words given from the box to fill in the blanks appropriately.

General Reading :

The IELTS General Training Reading test comprises three sections and 40 questions, designed to assess your ability to understand what you might come across in everyday or professional settings. This includes engaging with material on general interest topics or those related to job applications. The sources for these texts include books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and official documents like company handbooks and guidelines.

Section 1: The focus is on your ability to function in social settings within an English-speaking environment, featuring several short texts such as timetables, ads, or public notices.

Section 2: Aims to evaluate your capability to understand texts relevant to the workplace, including excerpts from contracts, employee training manuals, job descriptions, and documents detailing salary and working conditions.

Section 3: Presents a more challenging, longer text on a subject of broad interest, which might be extracted from a book, magazine, or newspaper.

The question types for both Academic and General Reading is the same except for Tables, Diagrams & Flow Charts.

TIPS For IELTS Reading:

  1. Skim and Scan Efficiently: Skimming involves quickly reading through the passage to grasp the main idea, while scanning involves looking for specific information. Practice both techniques to efficiently locate key details in the passages.

  2. Read the Instructions Carefully: Pay close attention to the instructions for each set of questions. The wording might vary slightly, and it's crucial to understand exactly what is being asked before answering.

  3. Practice Time Management: Since the Reading test is timed, it's important to allocate your time wisely. Aim to spend about 20 minutes on each section. If you get stuck on a question, move on and return to it later if you have time.

  4. Use Headings and Subheadings: Headings and subheadings can provide valuable clues about the structure and content of the passage. Use them to anticipate what each section might cover and to quickly locate information when needed.

  5. Identify Question Types: Familiarize yourself with the different types of questions you might encounter, such as multiple choice, true/false/not given, matching headings, sentence completion, and others. Understanding the requirements of each question type will help you answer more accurately.

  6. Practice Vocabulary Expansion: Build your vocabulary by reading a variety of texts on different topics. Pay attention to unfamiliar words and their contexts, and practice using them in sentences to solidify your understanding.

  7. Check for Synonyms: Answers in the passages might not always be expressed using the same words as in the questions. Look out for synonyms or paraphrases that convey the same meaning.

  8. Don't Spend Too Much Time on a Single Question: If you're having difficulty with a particular question, don't dwell on it for too long. Mark it and move on to the next one. You can always come back to it later if you have time.

  9. Practice with Authentic Materials: Use official IELTS practice materials and past exam papers to familiarize yourself with the format and level of difficulty of the test. This will help you feel more confident and comfortable on test day.

  10. Review and Reflect: After completing practice tests, review your answers to identify areas where you can improve. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and adjust your study plan accordingly.

By implementing these tips and practicing consistently, you'll be better prepared to tackle the IELTS Reading test and achieve your desired score.

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