IELTS Reading is the second section in the IELTS exam and consists of reading comprehension from which one needs to answers related to it!
Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.
Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.
Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose which is answering the question. No one is going to judge you on how much you know the passage but on whether you can answer all those questions!
If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.
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.
Do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it.
Check your spelling. Yes, this is important, because you might have answered it correctly, understood the question well, but if the spelling is wrong, everything can go wrong!!
Be careful to use singular and plural correctly.
Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions.
Check your answers. Well, if you are serious about IELTS, make sure that you revise your answers and cross check for their validity!!
With the reading test, there are no excuses; you can practice reading where you want and when you want. However, the following tips will help you approach the reading test.
1. Just having a very basic gist of what a text is about before you start reading will make it easier to understand. Looking at graphs, tables and any illustrations will often give you a good idea of the topic of the text.
2. Remember – there is no transfer time for the reading test. Make sure you put your answers down on the answer sheet – not the question paper. (See an example of the answer sheet below.)
3. The reading test is designed to be general and designed for people with a variety of educational backgrounds. This means you don’t need any specialist knowledge to understand any of the texts. However, some readings may be more familiar than others.
IELTS Reading Test Introduction
The purpose of the IELTS Reading Module is to test your ability to understand a written text and find
general and specific information in a text. This includes finding details about the ‘purpose’ of a text.
The reading test always has the same format:
The test is 60 minutes long, there are always three reading passages and 40 questions.
In the Listening section of IELTS the recording uses several different voices – of younger and older people, men and women.
You may also hear different accents – Australian, British, American, Japanese, etc. The background noise is also different. It can be of an airport, a cafe-shop, a street, a University lecture hall, you name it.
Be ready for it and don’t let it distract you – because that is exactly what they want.