Reading section of IELTS consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer.

A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Time Allotted: 60 minutes

Things to keep in mind:

  • Pay attention to the grammar structure. You may see various types of grammar structures, but try to understand them all, they will be helpful for your writing. Most of us have limited vocabulary, but if you are weak at grammar, you don’t know what the text refers to. So because of this you lose the main idea.
  • You must have known that skimming and scanning are two essential tools in reading. Both rely on understanding of main ideas. Therefore, if you can’t grasp the main ideas in a short time, you will lose time. This can be learned by reading various articles.
  • Another way to practice reading is speed reading. However, reading as quickly as possible is NOT the key. If you read so fast that you have to read again, there are no benefits gained from this practice. The key here are picking out the main ideas, and next details. Besides understanding all main points, you should try to remember as much details as you can.
  • Reading intensively is also important in the IELTS test, especially to understand tough questions. With some questions or particular sentences, you need to read and try to understand every single word. Especially with true/false/not given (or yes/no/not given) questions, a single word can change the whole meaning.


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