How to get a good score in IELTS reading

  • Use time to your advantage
    Fill the answer sheet as you go. In the examination hall, you are going to get two things:  a booklet with all questions and an answer book. Answer book is the most important document because it should contain all your answers. If you write only in your answer book, your answers will be ignored and scored.
  • Many examinees waste a lot of time by first writing answers in the answer sheet and then transferring them to the answer sheet. And a lot of examinees find that they do not have enough time in the end to transfer their answers to the answer sheet. Imagine what would be useless for all the answers but don’t have time to write them where it really matters!
  • Leave the difficult questions for the end. If you spend a lot of time on questions that you find difficult, you will be wasting valuable exam time. You will not be able to answer all the easy questions and you will lose marks! If you don’t know the correct answers to some questions, skip them and move on. In this way, you can focus on all the questions you know the answers to. If you have time, you can return to difficult questions.

Do not start reading the text before looking at the tasks. When you start reading, you should keep some questions in mind. Otherwise, you will read the text, then the question, then the text. You read texts many times, and you just don’t have time for that. Read the tasks and questions first before reading, and think about the information you need to answer those questions while reading.

  • Practice doing lots of reading tests. This is the best way to use your time before the exam! You will learn to take the exam before taking the real exam. You will know where your strengths and weaknesses are. You will also be able to know what to do for each task, and how to answer each type of question. This way you will know how you divide your time and there is not too much stress about working against the clock.

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