Before reading about how to score better in IELTS reading, you must know about the format of this test. We are going to discuss about the reading test and frequently asked questions by the students. So, take a look below;

  • The IELTS reading test paper is 60 minutes long.


  • There are 40 questions.


  • There are 3 reading passages.


  • There can be up to three different question types per passage.


  • The Academic Module exam has different reading passages to the General Training Module.


  • The reading exam tests your ability to read 2000 to 2750 words in a short time.


  • You will not be given extra time at the end of the reading exam to transfer your answer to the answer sheet.


  • At least one text in the academic reading has non verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.


  • One text in the general training focuses on the educational training context.


  • It is not important to read every word in the reading passage carefully.

Now, let’s see what is the best way to begin with the test. Here we provide the very very important strategy which is used by most of the students around the world to crack this examination with 8+ band in IELTS reading test. Follow the steps for  the best results which have been given:-

  • Take a quick look at any TITLE headlines and any pictures to activate schemata ( i.e. any relate vocabulary and ideas)


  • Check what questions type is, e.g. gap fill, matching, multiple choice etc.


  • Read the instructions.


  • Look at the gapped text and predict the Parts of Speech.


  • Look at words provided and try to make some educational guesses.


  • Underline the keywords and try to think of some synonyms or similar expressions.


  • Locate the keywords in the reading passage.


  • Read around the keywords and try to find the answers.


  • If you can’t find the answer quickly then skip and go on to the next one. You don’t need to find the words in orders.


  • Read the first sentence of every paragraph to get an idea of the main points. (not necessary)


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