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Following these IELTS tips will help ensure you finish the IELTS Reading test with the highest possible number of correct answers.
1. As with other modules, the first bit of advice is to listen to the invigilator and read the instructions on the question paper carefully.
Academic or General Training.2. read the instructions and check that you have been given the correct paper i. . When you receive the your question paper DO NOT OPEN IT until instructed but.e. in the meantime.
It is easy to assume that. Unlike the listening module there is no time allocated to transferring your answers to the answer sheet after the test. because the format of the answer sheet is similar to the listening test. . you will be able to do this .don't be caught out.3.
. Some candidates prefer to answer all the questions on the question paper and not transfer them until they have finished. at the very least. or. This is a really bad way to lose marks and we have seen it happen. at the end of each section.4. Our advice would be to transfer your answers as you go. If you don't manage your time well you could find that you don't have time to transfer all your answers. Time on the reading test is tight.
The IELTS Reading module gets more difficult as you progress. yet each answer has the same mark.5. If you can't find an answer. work through your unanswered questions from the beginning of the paper onwards so that you do the easier questions first. . A good strategy would be to work through the paper leaving questions that you can't easily answer but transferring those you can to the answer sheet. Once you have gone through the paper. guess.
Remember that sometimes questions are before the text. If you know what the questions are before reading the text. sometimes after and sometimes before and after. In any case. be sure to read all the questions for a section before you read the text.6. it will be much easier and quicker to answer them. .
7. You also need to be careful about spelling and writing clearly. There is very little excuse for bad spelling on the reading test as the correct spelling will almost certainly be found in the text. . When you transfer your answer to the answer sheet make sure you put your answer in the correct place. If your answer is spelt incorrectly or isn't clear to the examiner it will be marked wrong.
8. . At the end of the test be sure you stop writing and put your pencil down when told to do so.
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. tables and any illustrations will often give you a good idea of the topic of the text. Looking at graphs. Just having a very basic gist of what a text is about before you start reading will make it easier to understand.1.
Remember .2. Make sure you put your answers down on the answer sheet. .there is no transfer time for the reading test.not the question paper.
some readings may be more familiar than others. . 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.3.
If you are reading and answering texts out of sequence.4. . take special care to ensure you don't write your answers in the wrong places on the answer sheet.
. the reading test is 60 minutes long and there are 40 questions. If you are not sure of the answer to a question. you may run out of time. it is natural to read text carefully to try to find the answer. move on to the next question. If you dwell on a question in this way.5. If you really can not find the answer to a question easily. If you spend one minute of each question that gives you 20 minutes to read a lot of text. Remember.
grammar is important. . you can predict possible answers using the grammar of a question and using the reading text to check which answer is correct. As with the listening test.6. Although there is no grammar component to the IELTS Test.
you do not need to work them out. . do not deduce the answer.7. This is especially true in True / False Not given questions. The answers are in the text. As with the listening test.
For example: "The introduction of new government policies gave people better lives: they had jobs and more money to spend. Now look at the answer: The introduction of new government policies had positive long-term benefits on peoples' lives. True / False / Not given .
However. As a result the correct answer should be: NOT GIVEN.If people had jobs and more money. it is impossible to say whether the new jobs lasted 20 years or one day. From the text. the key here is 'long-term'. If you don't make assumptions it is impossible to answer question. and so it is natural to consider this a 'true' statement. . surely this is better for them.
. True / False / Not given questions are by far the most difficult types of question to answer as they are designed to trick people into thinking about the answer and giving their deduction as an answer.8.
among others. you will need a fairly deep understanding of vocabulary. Acceptable .words with the opposite meanings. As with the listening test. You need to be aware of for these words as well as the keywords you are looking for. Exact. consider antonyms . Truthful. only some of these synonyms might apply. In addition. Proper . Spot on.9. Accepted Depending on the context. As you can see. Accurate. in the IELTS reading test the words in the questions are often not the words you will find in the answer. possible synonyms include: Right. Consider a word like 'correct' . . A sentence like 'It wouldn't be wrong' would mean 'correct' in certain contexts. As a result you have to look for synonyms of key words as well as the actual keywords.
It is surprising how many examinees leave multiple choice answers blank because they don't know the answer. If you have the choice of A. If aren't going to finish.10. you have a 20% chance of getting the question right so just put one of the answers in! . guess some of the answers. B. C or D.
11. and you want to guess the answer. DON'T choose "Not given" . If you really don't know the answer to a True / False / Not given question.it's the least frequent answer. .
If the some words are too difficult. you will run out of time. complicated words. ignore them. equally often these words are unnecessary . However. You might get a text with masses and masses of long.12. If you start focusing on words you don't understand.they are adjectives or adverbs that provide greater description rather than play a part in meaning. Very often these words are key to the meaning of a sentence and therefore key to answering a question. .
17. 16. Don't worry about writing on the question paper if you need to. circle them as you go along . Likewise with names. If you get a text with a lot of dates. If you circle them you can find them again easily.13. circle the ones you find so you can find them again easily. . even if there aren't a lot of names.chances are the dates are going to be important.
The biggest tip of all: READ A LOT. but most of all. Every day read something. The more you read the easier it will be. try to grasp the ideas in what you read. Study the sentence structure and punctuation of what you read.which ones were right and which ones wrong? .14. Look at a piece of writing and write down some predictions about what the reading will be about. As you read check off these predictions .
15. . If you are really running out of time leave all the True / False / Not given and Multiple Choice questions until the end because you don't have to read anything to answer them.
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