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Ielts Reading

Introduction To IELTS Reading

ACADEMIC READING-

IELTS Academic reading has 3 long passages. Each passage will contain one long text. Time limit to complete the entire reading is 60 minutes or an hour with 40 questions to be attempted. These authentic texts are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers, usually written for non-specialist audience on academic topics of general interest. Tests are appropriate to, and accessible to, test takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration. Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided.

 

TIMING- 60 MINUTES in all with no transfer time.

TYPE OF QUESTIONS- 

This module consists of 40 questions (divided in 3 sections).

Various types of questions are asked, these include- Multiple choice, identification of information (True/False/Not Given), identification of a writer’s views or claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching the information (/headings/features/sentence endings, sentence completion, summary/note/table/flow-chart/diagram-label completion), short –answer questions(Fill-ups).

MARKING

Each correct answer gets you 1 mark and your total score out of 40 is further converted into the IELTS Score that is scaled from 0-9.

GENERAL TRAINING READING

IELTS General Training reading has 3 sections with 40 questions that have to be completed in 60 minutes. All the 3 sections will be different from each other with a slight similarity in the first two sections. Section 1 and 2 contain short factual texts with related questions but with the section 2 these texts are majorly focusing on work-related issues. Section 3 is the longer and the most complex out of 3. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided. Test is appropriate to people planning to migrate to a foreign land.

 

TIMING- 60 MINUTES in all with no transfer time.

TYPE OF QUESTIONS- 
This module consists of 40 questions (divided in 3 sections).

Various types of questions are asked, these include- Multiple choice, identification of information (True/False/Not Given), identification of a writer’s views or claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching the information (/headings/features/sentence endings, sentence completion, summary/note/table/flow-chart/diagram-label completion), short –answer questions(Fill-ups).

 

MARKING
Each correct answer gets you 1 mark and your total score out of 40 is further converted into the IELTS Score that is scaled from 0-9.

READING SUCCESS FORMULA

The reading module is separate for Academic and General IELTS, yet the tips and techniques remain similar-

  • This module is for 60 minutes wherein there are three or four passages of increasing difficulty and 40 questions in all therefore, DEVELOPING YOUR SPEED READING SKILLS is important.
  • The key to getting the maximum number of answers correct is to read better and not faster. Understand the passage and then try to locate the answer, but this must be done in a stipulated duration. This technique is also known by the name of SKIMMING AND SCANNING.
  • Vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure must be taken into consideration; this can also be termed as DEVELOPING VOCABULARY.
  • Match the similar words in the text and the questions. KEY WORDS.Check if these words can be paraphrased. Few examples of key words are names, dates, numbers, Places, etc.
  • Improve your vocabulary consistently as Reading is majorly a vocabulary test. SPEED SKILLS.
  • Take tests repeatedly and then try figuring out which particular set of type of questions is weak and work on it. FIGURING OUT THE WEAK SECTION.
  • Getting used to difficult passages. According to the passages, the level of difficulty also rises therefore it is important to understand that MORE PRACTICE IS KEY TO SUCCESS.
  • Like all other tests, this test too requires preparation about learning the format, different types of questions and developing the right skills for the same. YOU MUST PREPARE
  • Questions like summary completion and sentence completion require the sentence to be grammatically correct. Therefore, GRAMMARcan help you spot the right answer.

 

SAMPLE VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PDgVEhfKso

     

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