Reading IELTS Tips and Tactics

1 Before you read the passage, read the statements and think about what you’re going to read. Underline key words and ideas in each statement.
2 Remember that the questions follow the order of information in the passage. When you read the passage, you may see some words or ideas from the statements. These help you to find the relevant sections.
3 First read the passage quickly and mark the relevant sections for each question. Write the question numbers in the margin so that you can find the sections again easily.
4 Questions for which the answer is NOT GIVEN also refer to a specific section of text – so you always need to find the relevant section.
5 Then go through the questions one by one. Read the section of the passage you have marked carefully to make sure you’re in the correct place.
6 Don’t use your own knowledge of the subject to decide the answers. Use ONLY the information in the passage.
7 If you think the answer is TRUE, re-read both the statement and the section of passage carefully and think about the meaning of both. Does the wording of the statement express exactly the same ideas or not?
8 If you think the answer is FALSE, re-read both the statement and the section of passage carefully and think about the meaning of both. Underline the words that make the statement different from the passage.
9 For TRUE and FALSE answers, quickly check the rest of the paragraph in the passage to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
10 If you think the answer is NOT GIVEN, underline the words and ideas in the statement that aren’t in the passage. Read the rest of the paragraph in the passage quickly to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
11 It’s especially important to check carefully whether a n answer is FALSE or NOT GIVEN.
12 Remember to write the words TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN in the boxes on the answer sheet.
13 Never leave a box empty. If you’re not sure, always give an answer.

Which tips will you use in the future?

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