IELTS is a skill. Just like any other skill, you need to prepare for IELTS in a smart manner. It could be deconstructed and learned very rapidly if you simply focus on the critical elements. Cafe Converse, Delhi’s top-rated English institute for learning IELTS, shares tips and strategies that will assist you to clear IELTS Reading.
In the Reading Test, the given tips help you to finish your test in 40-45min, rather than 60 minutes, leaving you sufficient time to recheck and then re-recheck. Then have a water break if you feel like and come back 5 minutes prior to the start of the next test.
Tip 1: Not Every Question is Made Equal
There are 5 different kinds of questions in the Reading Test (General Training). Just 1 kind of question needs you to have a complete understanding of the passage. The remaining other 4 kinds of questions require you to locate information.
For these 4 forms, you can very much answer all questions by understanding as less as 20% of the passage merely. This way for every section, you will first flip over the passage to gaze at the questions and find out whether you need to understand the passage at all.
Note you are not being asked to read each question in detail to understand the meaning. Simply see-through questions to understand what sort of questions they are.
Also, once you move through the questions even prior to looking at the passage, you will form a general idea of what the passage could be talking about. Having that idea at the back of your mind, when you read through the passage, will simply make much more sense than it might have otherwise.
Tip 2: Heading + First Sentence = Complete Passage
In reading passages, a common error that the majority of people make is that they look to skim through the complete passage rapidly to have an idea of what is written in this passage. That is a terrific waste of time.
You should rather read the heading first, and then the first sentence of every paragraph.
If the first sentence is too short, for instance, less than a single line of your sheet, then you should read the initial two sentences.
Also, rather than reading them quickly, you should read them slowly and absorb them. It will take only 10 to 15 seconds per paragraph, but you will get a fair idea of what this complete passage is talking about.
Remember from Tip 1 that you do not require to understand the meaning of the complete passage for 4 out of 5 forms of questions. Reading the first sentence simply will save you around 80% of the time that you would otherwise lose in reading full passages.
After certain practice, you will find that you will end up reading just 40 to 60% of the total passages while answering the questions. So why should you waste your time looking to understand the full passages?
Tip 3: The Eventual Match Making
Every question has keywords to tell you exactly where to search for the answer. So even prior to you looking for the answer, simply look for the keyword. For instance, if the question is, “A trunk shot shows a group of persons facing the camera” is – True, False, or Not Given?
You will initially identify that the keyword is trunk shot. How would you know that? Because all the other words, like group, people, and camera, are simply common words that will appear multiple times in the passage. You will rapidly go back up to the passage and get the words trunk shot, and underline them.
Because of Tip 2, 8 among 10 times, you will know surely which paragraph the keyword could be in.
Some of the useful keywords to observe are names, dates, numbers, and places. These are simple to locate. Once you have the keywords underlined, read the question again to understand the context of what the question is asking.
Then read one sentence prior to the keyword, the sentence in which the keyword falls, and one sentence post the keyword. More than 90% of the time, you will get the answer within 3 lines of the keyword. Generally, in the same line as the keyword.
Happy Learning !!
Ms Sonu Goel is a professionally acclaimed certified ESL trainer from British Council having 15 years of strong background for teaching English language in both online and physical classes. She is dedicated to the teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands-on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible. Ms Goel has travelled various European countries and experienced an array of cultures and linguistic skills for the English language.