Prepare for IELTS
Prepare for IELTS
Reading test advice
Follow this Reading test advice, and make sure you understand how to respond to ‘completion’ type questions.
It is essential that you write your answers on the answer sheet. Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
You may write your answers on the question paper and transfer them to the answer sheet before the end of the test if you like. However, it is important to note that you will not be given extra time to do this.
You must write your answers in pencil.
Make the most of your Reading test:look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tablesmake sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefullypay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or questiondo not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purposeif you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next onedo not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the textthe word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the textdo not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use itcheck your spellingbe careful to use singular and plural correctlyfocus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questionsif the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrectpay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrectattempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to losecheck your answers
Tips for the IELTS reading test
Tips for the reading test
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