Top Tips for IELTS

IELTS reading guide



Learn the question types

Each of these tutorials gives you a suggest approach for each question:

Exam length reading practice exercises (updated and revised)


Exam tips

Advice on how to prepare for the IELTS reading paper and how to improve your reading skills:

Calculate your band scores

Please note that these figures are approximate only and may vary from test to test

Academic Reading

General Reading

Understand the key skills first

Advice on understanding the 3 specific reading skills: scanning, skimming and close reading



Skimming/reading for general meaning

Skimming is the ability to read a text quickly for general meaning.

You need this skill to help you with question types that relate to big bits of the text such as paragraph/heading matching:


Reading more quickly

Scanning/finding words

Scanning is the ability to find key words in the text.

You need this skill to help tell you where the answer comes

Close reading for detail

The third main IELTS reading skill is learning to read closely for meaning.

You need this skill to tell you what the answer is.

General Training Reading

General reading resources

One of the best ways to improve your IELTS reading is to read as much as you can. It also helps though to focus your reading. This lesson advises you on how to do this by reading newspapers.


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