IELTS Reading is seems difficult but with proper tips and techniques, IELTS Reading becomes easy. Most students don’t know how to approach Reading and that makes it difficult. I have prepared a list of 7 tips. Follow the tips below and improve your Reading skills.
sentence of paragraphs. It will save time if you can jump straight to
the paragraph, so try to remember the first sentences. Example: If The
first paragraph is about poets; the second is about poetry. If a
question asks about poetry, the answer is in The second paragraph.
Simply scan the passage to get a rough idea of what it is about. You
will return to the passage for each question, so there is no need to
memorize it. Only spend as much time scanning as is necessary to get a
vague impression of its overall subject content. To find the answers to some questions, you have to scan by looking for words or ideas that are connected to the question.
Which of the following was the psychological effect of the teacher’s childhood upon the rest of his life?
Key words are ‘childhood‘ or ‘psychology‘.
Skim the passage quickly to find where these words appear. The answer will be close by them. If you cannot find the key words, be alert for other words or phrases that have similar meaning, such as ‘emotional impact‘ or ‘mentally‘ which could be used in the passage, rather than the exact word ‘psychology‘.
a. To compare the outcomes of the two different kinds of treatment.
b. Because some subjects insisted on getting one or the other of the treatments.
Multiple-choice questions by giving you incorrect answer choices which are:
a. not mentioned at all in the text.
b. mentioned but are irrelevant.
c. the opposite of something mentioned
d. one that is mentioned and is correct
Look through the questions, underline key words from the question and then scan the text for those key words that you have underlined. The answer should be found close to that word. The answers will be found in the text in the same order as the questions. Remember that there will be synonyms used in the reading. Thus identify the relevant part of the text. Read it carefully and work ‘backwards: crossing out the options that are definitely not correct.
is true. For example: if the text says:
lead to cancer”.
leads to cancer” False-Scenario: then the answer is T (TRUE).
or if the text provides information which conflicts with the statement.
Then choose ‘False’. For example, if the text says that
showed evidence that smoking is dangerous and leads to cancer”
answer is F (FALSE). Look out for controlling words such as “only”,
“all’, “never” etc. For example, if the fact in the question says ‘some’
and the fact in the text says ‘all’, then it is F.
it is Not Given.
smoking people of both genders of ages 30 to 45″
smoking – your answer is NG (NOT GIVEN). If the text mentions the exact
idea, check the meaning of the whole sentence carefully. It might be a
distracter. Check that the precise idea in each statement is mentioned
in the text. If the text doesn’t mention the idea, or actually mentions
something slightly different, choose ‘NOT GIVEN’.
Don’t assume anything based on your knowledge and
experience, skim the text! It is the oldest trick in IELTS. Don’t “over
think” your answer or you could start building long logical sequences
that will take you to the wrong answer or at least waste your time. In
True, False, Not Given, you may think that a question is true but you MUST FIND FACTS/ EVIDENCE in the passage if you cannot, the answer is most like
to be NOT GIVEN. For an answer to be FALSE, the statement must mean the
opposite of what is said in the passage. In True, False, Not Given, all
the statements follow the order of information in the text. It is best
to start with statement 1. Do not spend a long time looking for the
answer to one question; it is probably NG, if you cannot find it.
In View-based questions that ask you ‘Yes’ or
‘No’. Make sure you use the correct code; ‘Yes’, ‘No’ rather than ‘True’
or ‘False’. If you write TRUE/FALSE, your answers will be technically wrong.
If you are running
out of time or you don’t understand any question, All you have to do is
put “TRUE” for all questions, normally they are 6 questions in which 3
out of 6 are going to be correct. Means 50% is going to be right.
Watch out for synonyms – often words in the
paragraphs and paragraph headings will not be the same; they will be
synonyms. A paragraph heading is a summary of part, or all of the
paragraph. The idea in the text is often expressed differently in the
heading. So pay careful attention to
1. Text: likely, Heading:
2. Text: not fast. Heading: slow.
3. Text: cows, Heading:
4. Text: dangerous, Heading: danger).
Look at the notes/ summary and decide what kind of information is missing. When you do summary completion task, check to see whether the word you have used fits grammatically and semantically (by meaning) well in place. Use the correct part of speech. If the word doesn’t grammatically or semantically fit, the answer is certainly wrong.
If you are having difficulty with a multiple-choice question,
go on to the next one. When you have answered the next questions, you
can come back and solve that cause you difficulty. If any question takes
you too much time – give up, move to the next one because you might
miss the easy ones if the hard ones take all of your time. Another
reason to leave hard questions for last is that after you do all the
easy ones, you know more about the text, so solving the tricky questions
becomes easier. Don’t forget to mark it with some sign (like “?”), so
you could identify and come back to it later.