IELTS Reading Tips: How can I improve My IELTS Score – Part 1

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IELTS Reading Tips: How can I improve My IELTS Score – Part 1

Tips to improve your IELTS score in reading

At first, you should know about many types of questions in the IELTS test. The IELTS test includes 6 types of questions:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • True, False and Not Given questions
  • Matching types questions
  • Table/Diagram/Note/ Summary completion questions
  • Short- answer questions
  • Sentence completion questions

However, to make the tips effectively, we divide into 2 types of questions: Order questions and non-order questions:

Order questions

Non-order questions

  • Sentence completion questions
  • True, False and Not Given questions
  • Short- answer questions
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Table/Diagram/Note/ Summary completion questions
  • Matching types questions

By sorting out into 2 types of questions, we should finish the “ order questions” in the test first before completing the “ non-order questions”.

To “ order questions”, it will be better if you follow some steps as below:

  • Firstly, scan the questions and underline keywords( keywords included private name, year, the quantitative words and so on)
  • Then, read the passage and find out the underlined words which may be paraphrased in the sentences. After determining the keywords, skim the sentence to find out the answer.
  • One important thing is that the exact answer should be in the passage, hence, if you have to change the word forms in the answer, that word you find out will be the definitely wrong answer.

For example:

With the question to complete the sentence like that, the keywords will be ” tower, raised, extraction of seaweed”. So if you only find the first two keywords in the passages below, you will find the sentence “the tower will stick out of the water”, then you may think the answer should be “ warn shipping”. However, you have to put it in correct form by changing to “ warning shipping”, so the words you find out won’t be the correct answer.

So, what’s the correct answer, look at the keyword table below and you will know:

Keywords Words in the passage
Whole tower The tower
Be raised Lifted out of the water
Extraction of seaweed from the blades Clean seaweed from the blade

Obviously, the correct answer is ” maintenance”

So please note that doesn’t change the word form of your answer.

  • Finally, all the order questions are in order, thus if you find the answer to question 1 in Paragraph A, the answer to question 2 will be in paragraph B afterward. Another point is that if your questions are from 10 to 13, for instance, and they are order questions, so you don’t have to read all the paragraphs, normally, your corrects answers will lie in the second half of the passage. Just try it and you will see it works

To non-order questions, your steps somehow are vice versa:

There is no particular step for non-order questions because it will depend on each type of questions( will be explained carefully in the next video) but commonly, it will include some steps like:

  • Firstly, scan the questions and underline keywords( keywords included private name, year, the quantitative words and so on) quickly, don’t need to read it carefully
  • Secondly, back to the passage, read the paragraphs in detail. With matching, focus on reading the first and the last sentence of the paragraph. With other types, read the passage carefully to get the gist of the passage and return to finish the questions
  • Remember to guess the word forms of answers and don’t change the word forms in the passage when you fill in the blank.

The detailed steps for each type of question will be explained in the next video with the examples given.

I hope it will work for you guys

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IELTS Reading Tips part 2