IELTS Reading Tips

Published by Sunsea IELTS Training on


  To have a wide range of vocabulary at one’s disposal is key to scoring good band in the IELTS test, however, it would be impractical to think that we need to understand all the words in the IELTS Reading Test. So, instead of wasting valuable time worrying about the words which you don’t know try to look at the context and deduce the meaning of words you don’t know. Also focus on words and phrases that are related the given question. You can consult a good dictionary while practising.

  1. Read the instructions very carefully: Very often some students tend to either attach less importance to the INSTRUCTIONS or completely ignore them and find out that they score less than they actually expected. This is true for both the Listening and the Reading modules. So, follow the instructions strictly in order to answer the questions. If you do not follow the instructions your answers will be wrong. For example, if the instructions state “WRITE TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER” it could mean only ONE WORD, ONE WORD AND A NUMBER, TWO WORDS, TWO WORDS AND A NUMBER.
  2. Stay composed: The IELTS Reading Test is comprised of both difficult and easy questions. So, don’t panic when you see a difficult question. Stay calm and composed and don’t spend too much of time on one question because if you do so, you might not be able to complete the test on time. If you can’t find the answer to one question move on to the next.
  3. Focus on vocabulary: The IELTS Reading Test is basically about testing of synonyms and paraphrasing. Read widely and take down notes of all the new words and incorporate them in your writing and speaking on a regular basis. This will enhance your English language skill.
  4. Time management: As you know that the IELTS Reading Test is for 1 hour and you have to read 3 reading sections, answer 40 questions and transfer the answers to the answer sheet. Normally, 20 minutes should be spent on each section, however, it would save time if you are able to spend less time on the easy questions and spend more time on the difficult questions. I would advise you to practise not under examination condition for the first few days and then you can practise under examination condition. As reading speed may vary from a person to person, you should know your reading speed and practise accordingly in order to improve it if you are a slow reader. This will boost up your confidence.

Reading skills:

It is crucial to acquaint yourself with the IELTS Reading Test. Reading Tips and the 14 or so types of IELTS Reading questions. Along with the strategies to approach each type of question. Reading habits should be cultivated not only for the IELTS Reading Test. But also to improve your general or overall reading skills which will help you to enrich your English vocabulary. This can be done by reading blogs, journals, newspapers, magazines; watching documentaries and listening to the native speakers’ conversations and lectures.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *