IELTS Academic Reading
The IELTS academic reading module consists of three passages, about 2000 to 2200 words and become progressively more difficult. All three passages contain 6 to 10 paragraphs each. That type of passages are on topics of general interest and are intended for non-specialist readers
Questions and marks:
There are 40 questions in total and each question is worth 1 mark. Passage one and two contain 13 questions. Rest of the questions are from passage three. There are usually two or three sets of questions in each section.
You don’t have additional time to transfer your answers on the answer sheet as like in Listening test. So, make sure to fill in your answer sheet as you go along.
Here are some IELTS Academic Reading tips & tricks, which will help you in your IELTS reading:
- Preview the questions first
- Don’t read every sentence
- Underline specific information
- Stress management
- Time to spend
Tip 1: Preview the questions first:
That will give you an idea about what the topic is. It will be good if you could get the idea of a passage in 1 minute or you may take a maximum 2 minutes for that.
Tip 2: Don’t read every sentence:
Reading all words from a passage in a given time is not possible. If you read that way, you would not have time to answer all the questions. So, read fast to understand starting 1 or 2 lines and ending 1 or 2 lines to understand them.
Tip 3: Underline specific information:
Memorizing from huge text is very difficult. So, double underline the main concept/idea of paragraphs on the test booklet. Also, underline the words that you think they are important.
The reading and underlining activity should take 4 minutes maximum for a passage. After that, use the following tips in parallel and skim the information from the question key words.
Tip 4: Rephrasing:
Because the questions usually paraphrase the information in the text, you need to understand the meaning, not reading for exact wording. So don’t make a mistake of just looking for the same words in the question as in the text.
Tip 5: Stress management:
The IELTS reading paths commonly go from easier to harder. So, do the questions in the sequence order. Doing that way, you may gain confidence after solving a few questions.
Completing a flow-chart cover the whole passage and scanning technique is very useful for that. But, if you find the first five questions from flow-chart, it will be somewhat difficult for you to understand what the passage is all about. If you scan the content easily, then go ahead, but, it is better to leave this set at this stage.
Tip 6: Time to spend:
Don’t distract yourself. Be focused and use time management tips. Don’t waste time if you do not find the answer of some questions. Leave for a while and attempt next. Sometimes, test-takers spend time in searching for non-given option. Questions are commonly in the same order as the answers in the text. So, if you solve the next question, you can read a few lines above that question to find the answer to a difficult one and concentrate on paraphrased words.
Suppose, you attempt a passage. For that 20 minutes task, you spend 1 minute in previewing questions and 4 minutes in reading, then for answering 13 questions, you take 13 minutes because 1 minute would be used for transferring answers in the answer sheet.