Learn about IELTS reading questions
Each of these tutorials gives you a suggest approach for each question:
Exam length reading practice exercises (updated and revised)
Advice on how to prepare for the IELTS reading paper and how to improve your reading skills:
10 top reading tips – what to do and what not to in the exam and in preparing for the test
IELTS reading – time management – advice on how to manage your time in the test and how much time you should on one question
Exam preparation – timing – advice on how to prepare for the exam and how to use your time
Answering the question – a short example of how to read the question
IELTS reading – how to use key words – advice on what to do and what not to do when looking for key words in IELTs reading
Map of the IELTS reading test
Learn about reading skills
Advice on understanding the 3 specific reading skills: scanning, skimming and close reading
Learn how to guess answers
Everyone needs to guess answers sometimes. It can be a skill too.
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:
Do I need to read the whole text first in IELTS? – the quick answer is yes you should. Read this lesson for an explanation why.
A technique to improve your skimming skills: a tutorial with practice reading showing you a practical way to read a text quickly for meaning
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.
How to deal with harder words in IELTS reading: suggestions for different reading strategies to cope with unfamiliar vocabulary in IELTS reading passages.
How to improve your reading skills
This lesson shows you 15 different ways you can practise your reading skills. The ideas are:
to read as much as you can
don’t just do practise tests
focus your reading
get used to dealing with harder texts
vary how you read