IELTS Reading Test Preparation

Tips for IELTS Reading Test Preparation : Reading (Part II)

There are 3 sections in a IELTS Reading Test Preparation and the total length of the text lies in the range of 2,150-2,750 words. Each of the 3 sections contains one long text. Texts are genuine and are from magazines, journals, magazines, newspapers and other books. Texts vary from being explanatory and realistic to discursive and methodical. Generally, the texts also contain pictorial representation like diagrams, graphs or images. In case the text includes technical words, then a glossary is also given.

Test Format: Reading – General Training ielts-reading-2

Time Allotted: 60 minutes

There are three sections.

IELTS Reading Test PreparationSection 1 includes six to eight small factual texts related by a common topic. This topic is relevant to day-to-day life events in an English society. For example, music concert advertisements.

Section 2 includes two short realistic texts with work-related matters being the objective. (For example, searching a suitable job, office rules and guidelines, workplace environment, human resource development and training).

Section 3 includes one longer and more intricate text on a topic of common interest. The topic chosen is authentic and taken from magazines, newspapers and various books including company handbooks and official documents.

Test Format: Reading – Academic

Time Allotted: 60 minutes

For Academic IELTS Reading Test Preparation, the section structure is similar as mentioned above for General Training IELTS with the major difference being that the texts are written for a non-specialist candidate and are more on academic and educational topics of common interest. Also, the texts are more suitable for candidates seeking professional registration or willing to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate courses in the English speaking countries.

  1. Candidate should start reading a variety of English texts like news papers, magazines, articles and books as his preparation for IELTS Reading Test Preparation. This will help him to improve his performance in the Reading test by developing his ability to read quickly.
  2. During the Reading Test, a candidate should read and understand each question attentively first before reading the passages. This will make it easier for him to find the answers. Candidate should underline probable answers as he proceeds.
  3. While reading the passage, candidate is advised to read it quickly first time in order to get an idea about it. Candidate should not be bothered in case he does not understand a specific word, since he can get an idea of that by reading the remaining passage. Candidate should then read every question again to focus on that part of the passage in detail which will yield answer to that question.
  4. Candidate should note that the Reading passages always contain the information which is required to answer the question. Candidate should use his own information about the topic to answer the question.
  5. Candidate should take care of his spellings in case he is copying words from the question or reading passage to use in his answer.
  6. The Reading test can also include questions that test candidate’s general understanding of a passage. For example, the question may ask to match the different paragraphs in the text with suitable heading based on candidate’s understanding of the main idea of each paragraph. Candidate should try to underline the key words and ideas in each passage to capture the main context of it. This will also help him to understand the central message of each passage.
  7. Candidate should underline key words as he proceeds to read the passage. For example, if a reading passage includes many city names or languages, candidate should underline them since doing so will make it easier to find such details later if they are asked in any of the questions.
  8. In case, the candidate is asked to label a diagram, he or she will find the words needed for labelling in the text itself. However, candidate should be careful to copy them with the correct spelling.
  9. In case, a candidate is not able to find answer to a particular question, then he should leave it and focus on the next question. Otherwise, he can end up wasting too much time on that question, which may result in very little time for remaining questions. This may further result in candidate not able to answer questions which are comparatively easier due to insufficient time. Hence, student should attempt the unanswered questions at the end, if there is some time left.
  10. Candidates should ensure to write down his answers for the Reading test directly on the answer sheet and not on the question paper. Since the candidate can directly write the answers in the answer sheet, he or she is NOT provided with any additional or extra time to transfer the answers from question paper to the answer sheet.