IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

Below are lots of resources to help you prepare for the IELTS reading test.

IELTS Reading Question Types

There are several different types of questions on the IELTS reading test and each one has its own problems and strategy. Click on any of the links below for a full step-by-step guide.

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.

Multiple Choice 

This article will help you answer multiple choice questions more effectively. We look at common problems and how to fix them.

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.

Matching Sentence Endings 

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.

Sentence Completion 

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.

True, False, Not Given 

‘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.

Matching Headings Tips and Strategy

This article will help you match headings more effectively in the IELTS reading test. In the IELTS reading test you may be asked to match headings to sections of text. This type of question tests your ability to understand the main idea of each paragraph.

Labeling a Diagram 

On the IELTS reading test you might get a question that asks you to label a diagram. This post will:

    • show you examples
    • look at common problems
    • give you tips
    • provide you with a strategy for answering these questions.

Matching Names 

In this type of question you are asked to match someone’s name, normally an expert, researcher or scientist, to a statement.

Matching Information to Paragraphs

In this kind of question you are asked to match statements to paragraphs in the reading text.

IELTS Reading Tips 

Guessing Meaning From Context

Secret to Getting a 9 on Your Reading Test 

Top 10 Reading Tips 

Increase Your Reading Speed 

Skimming and Scanning

How to Improve Your Reading Skills

We are constantly adding to our collection of resources, so if you have a suggestion please let us know. In the meantime, thank you for your patience 🙂

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  1. nargiza says

    veru useful advices. i will try use in my practice)))) thank u

  2. Munisa says

    HELLO EVERYONE i need help to my ielts reading skills because of my points are not good as i wish i practise everyday despite this i could not improve my reading points i am gonna take ielts next month i need speaking partner also

  3. Stani says

    Thank you Chris for your great help…this is very helpful.

  4. maisa says

    Great for you khayal you done all from 1-10. On the other hand how many months or days those take your time to study all?

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