Best 40 tips for IELTS Reading section



IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading Tip no.1: Read stuff

Read as much as you can. Reading 3 passages is not a hard task if you could form of habit of reading novels. The habit can be formed by reading novels before sleeping.

IELTS Reading Tip no.2:  Read the questions first

Read the questions first. There are going to be very few people who are actually going to form a habit of reading books. Most are just going to apply the strategies and techniques.

IELTS Reading Tip no.3:  Divide your work

When you are reading the questions, please divide the questions in two parts and try to retain the information you get in the questions. It is very important to remember what the questions were asking.

IELTS Reading Tip no.4: Retaining means gaining

It is important to remember the information in the questions because the questions are not going to move in the chronological order and you might find the answer anywhere in the passage.

IELTS Reading Tip no.5: Circling

When you are going to read the questions you could just circle the nouns and verbs which are going to come in the question.

IELTS Reading Tip no.6: Similar words

IELTS exam is all about similar words. When you are going to circle the keywords in the questions never expect to find the same words in the passage. You are always going to find the similar words in the passage.

IELTS Reading Tip no.7: Paraphrasing

You need to familiarize yourself with paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is a technique by which the same meaning in conveyed by the use of different words. The sentence structure is also changed in order to complete the process of paraphrasing.

IELTS Reading Tip no.8: Do not panic

Do not panic if you cannot find the answers for the questions. Most people panic if they cannot find the questions easily and they stop the entire process.

IELTS Reading Tip no.9: Read the instructions

When you are finding the answers please read the instructions carefully so that you could get the answer correctly.

IELTS Reading Tip no.10: First and Last 2 lines

You can expect to find 60% of the answers in the first or last 2 lines of the paragraph.

IELTS Reading Tip no.11:  Skimming and Scanning

There are many people who would know about the technique which commonly known as skimming and scanning, but very few people actually know how to apply this technique.  Skimming is by which a candidate would only look at the first and last 2 sentences of the paragraph and by scanning the important information is taken out.

IELTS Reading Tip no.12:  No shortcuts

There are no short cuts to get a good score on the reading section of the IELTS exam. Instead of practicing exams you should spend maximum time reading novels.

IELTS Reading Tip no.13: No use of practicing

Practicing is important, but there is no benefit of practicing the wrong thing. There are students who have absolutely no knowledge about English and they expect to get Band 7 just by doing 3 to 4 practice exams.

IELTS Reading Tip no.14: No one can learn English in a month

English is a language which is developed over the years. If you have not completed education from a good school it is highly recommended that you search for a country which is requiring band 6 or less for admission. There is no possible way to dodge the IELTS examiner. In order to get a good IELTS score you will have to know very good English.

IELTS Reading Tip no.15:  Set a reasonable target

I would not go to the extent of saying that you will have to learn all 800,000 words of English language but it would be a good exercise to learn some essential vocabulary words which are required for the IELTS exam.

IELTS Reading Tip no.16: True, False or Not Given

The most difficult type of question is the one relating to true, false or not given. Most students coming for IELTS preparation have a lot of problem understanding the True, False and Not Given questions but we are going to try our best to get this problem solved for you.

IELTS Reading Tip no.17:  True

True, False and Not Given

Original Statement: The Chinese Government spent $15 billion on health facilities.

True

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

ü

ü

False

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

û  (wrong tense)

û

Not Given

Subject

Verb

Object

û

û

ü

 

$15 billion was spent on the health facilities by the Chinese officials. (T)

Chinese government paid $15 billion for health sector. (T)

IELTS Reading Tip no.18: No one on this earth is sure

If you think that some people might be sure about every answer on the reading section, you are seriously mistaken. There is no possible way that anyone in this world could be sure for every question On average every person is making about 8 to 10 calculated guesses and this is what that counts.

IELTS Reading Tip no.19: False Questions

True, False and Not Given

Original Statement: The Chinese Government spent $15 billion on health facilities.

True

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

ü

ü

False

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

û  (wrong tense)

û

Not Given

Subject

Verb

Object

û

û

ü

Chinese government spent $14 billion for health facilities. (F)

Chinese Government will spend $15 billion on the health facilities. (F)

 

IELTS Reading Tip no.20: Not Given

True, False and Not Given

Original Statement: The Chinese Government spent $15 billion on health facilities.

True

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

ü

ü

False

Subject

Verb

Object

ü

û  (wrong tense)

û

Not Given

Subject

Verb

Object

û

û

ü

Chinese semi-government organization has spent $15 billion on health facilities. (N.G)

People of China are not happy with the government for spending so much on the health facilities. (N.G)

IELTS Reading Tip no.21:  You have to paraphrase in order to ace

You should be really good at paraphrasing in order to get good marks on the IELTS exam. Just try to do at least 2 to 3 exercises of paraphrasing every day. Paraphrasing is the activity by which you use different words to say the same meaning and this is something you would need to do for the fill in the blanks.

IELTS Reading Tip no.22:  Fill in the blanks from one paragraph

If you are given a paragraph where you will have to fill in the blanks, there is a good chance that you would be able to get the answers from one paragraph. The process for these questions is to look for the answers from the passage and then get a similar word or the suitable word from the table given to you.

IELTS Reading Tip no.23:  Find the suitable heading

To find the most suitable heading for a paragraph, you need to read the first and last 2 lines of the paragraph and paraphrase them. In simple words you just try to read the first and last 2 lines of the paragraph and summarize them in your mind.

IELTS Reading Tip no.24:  Time Trap

There is going to be one passage which is going to be very difficult and at the same time a “Time Trap”. You should have the ability to identify which passage is going to be difficult and just leave it and do it in the end.

IELTS Reading Tip no.25: Manage your time efficiently

Manage your time efficiently. Spend 15 minutes on the first two passages and spend 20 minutes on the last passage.

IELTS Reading Tip no.26: Match the sentences

Look at the first 2 and last 2 lines of the paragraph to get the information.

IELTS Reading Tip no.27:

Every IELTS candidate hates True, False and Not Given questions. The problem is that in order to do these questions the student also has to have some knowledge about English Grammar. Unfortunately most Pakistanis have pathetic English Grammar due to which they get the questions wrong.

IELTS Reading Tip no.28: Common Types of questions

Give a proper Heading

Multiple Choice Questions

Fill in the blanks

Match the information

Answer the Questions

 

IELTS Reading Tip no.29:

Transferring the answers to the answer sheet

IELTS Reading Tip no.30:

5 questions are going to be concerned with difficult words

IELTS Reading Tip no.31: Over confidence is going to kill you

You are never going to find these kinds of reading passages every in your life as they are very very tricky. If you give this kind of reading passage to a native speaker of English Language there are chances that the person will just tear the paper. Just concentrate on the information which has been given to you never deduce things from the information which has been given to you.

 

IELTS Reading Tip no.32: Words in context

Try understanding words in context as it is impossible to learn or memorize every word of English.  This is not a Pakistani exam so that means there are not going to be any shortcuts. People with good schooling are the ones who get good band score. Instead of wasting Rs 19,000 it would be better that you do not even take the exam if your English is poor.

IELTS Reading Tip no.33:

There are going to about 10 questions which are going to be time consuming. By time consuming I mean you would not be able to find the answers for those questions by adopting the normal reading IELTS techniques. Instead of wasting your time on them you should leave them and do them in the end.

IELTS Reading Tip no.34:

Stop accusing start working. It does not matter what your past is. I have seen students regretting about their past and ending up doing nothing in their present to make their future. Even if everything went bad in the past, it does not mean you cannot correct things now.

IELTS Reading Tip no.35:

There is a good exercise in which an IELTS Instructor is going to ask you find specific words in the passage. Instructor would also ask you to tell the number of times a certain word is repeated in the passage. This might give you a headache the first time you do it, but it will enhance your ability to skim and scan in a much better way.

IELTS Reading Tip no.36:

After you have practiced enough practice exams you would now know which questions are the ones you can attempt easily and which are the ones which need more practice. Even in the exam you should first endeavor to attempt the questions which you know well.

IELTS Reading Tip no.37:

If you keep scoring less than 25/40, it means that you have terrible English. Practice is just going to waste your time. The reason you are not getting the marks is that your overall English is too weak and you should give yourself ample time to do a Basic English course which would last for at least 6 months. There are two things which could have happened either you did not study properly or your school did not teach you properly.

IELTS Reading Tip no.38:

There is going to be difference in the reading sections of the Academic and General Training versions, but there is a technique which I am going to tell you. You should start your reading practice from the passages of General Training practice exams and it the last few weeks of your practice you should practice form the academic version. It does not matter which version you are attempting, you just have to follow the technique which I mentioned earlier.

IELTS Reading Tip no.39:

Read a paragraph and write down what you understood. Some people believe that reading section of the IELTS is all about skimming and scanning but it is very important to understand the meaning of the paragraph and you will also have to retain the information you read.

IELTS Reading Tip no.40:

If you are person who is dreaming of getting Band 7 or higher on the IELTS exam, you should spend at least 6 months for the complete preparation. Believe me that preparation of the reading has nothing to do with doing practice, these are two completely different things. You might be one of the students who would not even have to prepare for the exam and still get your desired score.

 

 






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5 Responsesto “Best 40 tips for IELTS Reading section”

  1. Hardik says:

    What are the tips for complete the sentences and yes no and not given for Academic Ielts Reading????

  2. Hardik says:

    Give the clear but effective tips for yes no and not given. and true false and not given

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