Tips to help with the IELTS Reading

by IDP IELTS — August 6th, 2020

The preparation phase is the key to success at IELTS. Regardless of whether your goal is to study, work or live in a country where English is used in daily life, you can reach your goal more easily with tips to help with the Reading test.

Reading Test Format

IELTS Academic (60 minutes)

It consists of three parts, each consisting of long texts. The texts used are taken from books, newspapers, or magazines. The texts are selected from academic subjects that do not require expertise and that are suitable for general interest. The articles are suitable for those who will apply to undergraduate and graduate education programs. It includes texts of different types and content and can include diagrams, graphics, drawings. If a technical term is used, a simple explanation is given.

IELTS General Training (60 minutes)

It consists of three parts.

Part 1: Contains two or three short factual texts. These texts consist of 6-8 short texts on the subject. Topics concern daily life in an English-speaking country.

Part 2: Contains two short factual texts focusing on business issues (eg job application, company policies, wages and conditions, workplace opportunities, staff development, and training).

Section 3: Contains longer and more complex text on a topic of general interest. Notifications consist of advertisements, corporate handbooks, official documents, books, magazines, and real texts from newspapers.

Tips to help with the Reading test
  1. Try to read various English texts to improve your performance in the Reading section. This will help you develop the ability to read quickly as needed under test conditions.
  2. Read each question carefully before reading the texts. This will make it easier to find the answers.
  3. Underline possible answers while reading. When the test starts, read it first to get a general idea of ​​the text. Don’t worry about words you don’t understand. Then read the questions again to remind yourself which parts of this text you should read in detail.
  4. If you are copying a word in the question or text, make sure you spell it correctly. Reading sections always contain the information you need to answer the question. You do not have to use your own knowledge on the subject.
  5. The reading section can sometimes contain questions about what you understand from an entire text. For example, you may be asked what the subject of a particular text is. Try to underline keywords and ideas in each paragraph to help you understand the main message of all texts.
  6. While reading, circle, or underline keywords. For example, if a text contains many place names or dates, circle them. It will make it easier for you to find these details when asked in any of the questions.
  7. You will find the words you need in the text with diagram questions. Be sure to copy these words correctly from the text.
  8. If there are questions you cannot answer, leave them, and move on to the next question. If you have time, return to these questions at the end of the test.
  9. Be sure to write your answers on the answer sheet for the paper-based IELTS Reading, not on the questionnaire. Note that you will not have extra time to transfer your answers.

Check IDP IELTS Preparation Materials

Book your IELTS