August 23, 2019
If anything that bothers almost every IELTS test taker like you, it is the reading module. A humdrum of that boring 1500-2000 word passages (or short novels!) really takes off all the smiles from your face. Another nail in the coffin is that when the topic is totally unknown to you; say, on mining and minerals! Well, the Internet is full of articles on how to improve IELTS reading; how to score more in reading in IELTS, and so on. We’ll try to be different from all those and get you an insight that might help you get a desired score.
If the topic in IELTS reading is new or strange to you, it can’t be made interesting; you have no choice but to struggle; on the other hand, we have observed that if the topic is known to you, you have great chances to crack all the questions.
The worst part of such passages is that the answers are tricky in the text. The thing that works is your command over the language. And, a few tricks of course! Let’s take on the reading.
If you find someone who says that the answers generally lie in the last paragraph, he is surely pushing you in a deep sea! You are never sure of answers, and the questions are very tricky. A wise step is to read the entire passage thoroughly as if you have an answer in each of its lines.
IELTS Academic Reading passages are not entertaining! The general topics are from the interests of the western audience. You may start practicing reading the thesis or documents on the environment, world history, communication, welfare, social support, science, and technology, etc. This will help you build a good vocabulary.
Don’t Get Trapped:
The paper-setter at IELTS are smarter than you! Don’t fall into the traps of "quotes", "keywords", and "key phrases". In other words, if you find a question that mentions some "quote", be careful while selecting the answer from the text. The question could be twisted, and you fall into the trap. Read the sentences carefully.
Try to learn academic words or words from thesis, academic documents, and articles. Most of the times, the language used for the academic passage is formal. If you don’t understand the sentences, you miss the answers within.
These are a few tips on how to improve in IELTS reading and score high. For those who are in IELTS general category can simply focus on notices, advertisements, office documents, handbooks, tabloids, etc. Concentrate while reading the passage and carefully choose the answers. You are all set to get the desired score in IELTS reading.