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IELTS Reading- Short Answer Questions

This post will help you answer short answer questions more effectively by looking at a sample question, identifying common problems and giving you a strategy to use on exam day. Short Answer Questions These questions are often called 'comprehension' questions and they are very common in English classrooms all over the world. Most students have answered these kinds of questions before and for this reason most students tend to do quite well with them. Despite this there are some common problems that cause students to make…

Speed Reading: How to Increase Your Reading Speed

Do you know how many words you will have to read on the IELTS reading test? About 900! When you think about having to answer 40 questions, in an hour, in a foreign language, it seems impossible. Don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can improve both your exam technique and reading skills, so that you will not only finish the exam, but also do really well. Many students fail to finish the IELTS reading test because they read at a very slow pace. The two main reasons for this are poor exam technique and slow reading speed.…

IELTS Reading- Matching Information to Paragraphs

In this kind of question you are asked to match statements to paragraphs in the reading text. Click here for an example. The statements could be reasons, descriptions, summaries, definitions, facts or explanations. What they are doesn't really matter. You are not expected to have specialist knowledge in the reading test. You do not need to understand what the whole paragraph is about, just find specific information in the paragraph and match it to one of the statements. The answer will normally be contained in a whole phrase…

Secret to Getting a 9 on the IELTS Reading Test

Let me tell you a secret. The IELTS reading test is not really a reading test. Sure you need to use reading skills like skimming and scanning but, lots of people have done really well on the IELTS test without practicing these skills. What separates students who get band 9 and everyone else is one thing. Vocabulary. The reading test is not really a test of your reading skills it is a VOCABULARY test! (more…)

IELTS Reading- Matching Names Tips and Strategy

In this type of question you are asked to match someone's name, normally an expert, researcher or scientist, to a statement. You are given a list of names and a list of statements. Your job is to read the text and then match the names with the correct statement. The reading text will tell you what that person has said or done (normally research findings) and this will guide you to the correct answer. This post will: look at an example question discuss common problems give you tips and advice provide you with a strategy to…

IELTS Reading- Summary Completion

In these kinds of questions you will be given a summary of information from the text and there will be some gaps in that summary. You will either be given a list of words to fill the gaps with or asked to find the answers in the reading text. Your job is to insert some of the words from the list into the gaps, or if asked, to fill the gaps with words from the text. . There will be more words in the list than required to fill the gaps. All of the information contained in the summary will also be contained in the reading text,…

IELTS Reading- Matching Sentence Endings Tips and Strategy

In this IELTS reading question you will be given a list of incomplete sentences with no endings and another list with possible endings. Your job is to match the incomplete sentences with the correct ending based on the reading text. This is not one the more common questions but should be studied all the same. You are being tested on your understanding of how the ideas in the sentences are connected to the main ideas in the reading text. This post will: look at example questions discuss common problems give you tips and…

IELTS Reading- Sentence Completion Tips and Strategy

In this kind of question you will be given a number of sentences with gaps in them and asked to complete the sentences with words from the reading text. These questions are as much vocabulary tests as they are reading tests because they require you to be aware of paraphrasing (using different words to repeat a sentence so that it has the same meaning) and synonyms (words with the same or very similar meanings). More on these below. This post will: look at example questions discuss paraphrasing and synonyms discuss common…

IELTS Reading- True, False, Not Given Tips and Strategy

'True, False, Not Given' questions requires you to identify if information in a text is true or not. You will be given a number of factual statements and you have to check in the text if it they are true or not. This is probably the most difficult question on the reading paper. This post will: look at example questions discuss common problems define 'True', 'False' and 'Not Given' give you tips and advice provide you with a strategy to use on exam day (more…)