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IELTS Reading Strategies

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Daniel Stebbins

on 6 April 2015

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Transcript of IELTS Reading Strategies

IELTS Reading Strategies
[Strategy 5] True, False, Not given
I thought this was a reading test!
What You Need to Know
3 Reading Passages - 40 questions - 60 minutes (Approximately 90 seconds per question)
Texts come from books, journals, magazines, newspapers and online resources. All the topics are of general interest to students. The texts may be written in different styles, for example, narrative, descriptive or discursive/argumentative.

At least one text contains a detailed logical argument. Texts may also contain diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts use technical vocabulary (jargon), then a simple dictionary definition may be provided.
[Strategy 1] Do not read the texts.
Step 2 -
Skim the text using the correct skimming order.
Step 1 -
Read the first set of questions quickly.
Step 3 -
question type.
Read the
for detail. Read the
for detail.
Reading test - Second test in the 3 hour exam.
Step 4 -
Look for information to scan for. - (ie. numbers, dates, proper nouns, synonyms)
Step 5 -
Predict what the answer will be.
Step 6 -
Find the answer. Write it in the answer sheet
[Strategy 2] Time Management
Every second counts!
Don't sepnd too much time on any single question!
Do not think of them as 40 questions. Think of them as 40 indivdual puzzles you have to solve in order to get the
Write your answers directly on the answer sheet (unlike listening).
Skim the article to gain as much knowledge about it as possible.
Scan for details in order to isolate the answer
Read for Detail only when neccessary at the sentence level and the paragraph level.
[Strategy 3] Critically Analyze the Question
What is the question type?
Underline key words in the answer and brainstorm synonyms.
What are the instructions?
What can you scan for?
Use prediction when possible.
Use process of elimination when possible.
[Strategy 4] Be careful!
Spelling counts!
Punctuation counts!
Use the rules of capitalisation! Is it a proper noun or a common noun?
Hand writing must be as neat as possible.
Follow instructions to a T!
Write your answers directly on to the answer sheet!
If you can't find the answer put a tick next to it and come back if you have time!
Leave nothing blank! Use prediction, process of elimination and finally guessing.
(1) Understand the factual statement.
What are the Question Types again?
(2) Identifying writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not given)
(1) Identifying Information - TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN
(3) Multiple Choice Question - MCQ
(4) Matching headings
(5) Sentence completion
(6) Short-answer questions
(7) Diagram label completion
(8) Summary/note/table/flow chart completion
(2) Isolate the paragraph with the answer using skimming.
(3) Find the fact in the paragraph = TRUE
(4) Find the opposite (or near oppoiste) of the fact in the paragraph = False
(5) Cannot identify the FACT or the OPPOSITEof the FACT.
Then you will find a talk around the FACT = NOT GIVEN
(6) Do not spend too much time on these. You prediction and process
of elimination then guessing if you are worried about time.
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