Express way to IELTS in 20 days# 19
IELTS reading (Reading comprehensive test 2)
IELTS Reading test has several formats unlike other tests that usually come in form of multiple choices. Nevertheless it aims to measure your reading comprehension and the ability to draw important information out from a text. These are skills necessary for studying in English program. Trust me that the papers that you have to read when you really get to study is way harder than this. And they will come in big piles. So my thought is IELTS test is not unpleasant after all.
Here are 12 preparation tips and strategies to tackle IELTS Reading section and other reading to come in the future.
1. Read a lot! Instead of doing the practicing tests all the time, pick up English newspaper or search the internet for English articles to read when you have a free time. Make it your habits. After reading, ask yourself how much you understand it. What are the main ideas and important information? Here are the websites filled with interesting articles in various topics.
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2. Texts or questions first? Some people suggest that knowing the whole story allows you to answer the questions faster while some convince that reading the questions first significantly saves time. My answer is any of the two. Try both strategies to find out what fits you the most. Personally, if it’s the first one or two articles, I like to read the whole text first. But when it comes to the last articles and there is little time left, I’ll read the questions first.
3. Skim and scan If you decide to read the text first, use the skimming techniques. If you choose to read questions first then use the scanning techniques.
4. Time management You have approximately one and a half minute for each question. Always check how much time you have left in order to know if you have to speed up or you can slow down.
5. Learn the cohesive device. The cohesive devices are, for example, pronouns and conjunctions. These will make it easier to comprehend the text and get an accurate answer.
6. Read the glossary. In some case, the definition of specific terms is provided. Don’t skip it as it’s usually in the questions.
7. Skip the questions that you cannot answer. If you taking too much time on a question and can’t seem to find the answer, skip it and come back for it later. The following questions may be easier.
8. The first is the easiest and the last is the hardest. Don’t spend too much time on the first passages. Make sure you spare more time for the last one as it tends to be more difficult.
9. Be aware of paraphrasing. The questions usually a paraphrase of what contained in the text. Therefore, look for the synonyms rather than the exact words.
10. Read the instructions carefully. If the instruction tells you to WRITE NOT MORE THAN TWO WORDS, make sure you write NOT MORE THAN TWO WORDS.
11. Grammar and spelling Every answer when filled in the gaps will make the sentence grammatically logical. And you won’t get any points if you write generasion instead of generation. Even though it’s the right answer, if you spelling it incorrectly, it’s not correct.
12. Do not panic. Don’t let the anxiety gets the best of you. You may have to skip several questions. Come back for them as quickly as you can and don’t leave any blanks. I suggest you complete one passage at a time. If there are blanks in the questions of Passage 1, fill them up before moving on to the next passage. This way the content won’t mix up.
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