IELTS Reading Tips: How can I improve My IELTS Score – Part 2


IELTS Reading Tips: How can I improve My IELTS Score – Part 2

Before reading part 2, you should take a look at part 1:

Now I will mention more detail about each type of  questions in reading the IELTS


Look at the questions and passage below:

First, you should underline some keywords like the number, year, private name, quantitative words( the words when omitting other words, you can still understand the gist of questions)

Then, scan these words into the passage, start with the easy word like the number, year and so on.

And make a key-word table as given:

Questions passage
Environmentalists Environmentalists
The world The world
Pessimistic view Getting Worse
Number of reasons A hit-list of main fears
Earth’s natural resources Energy and other natural resources
Since 1972 In 1972
Number of starving people- increased Fewer people are starving ( opposite meaning)
Recent  years now

So when you find about 3 keywords in the passages, you will determine where the correct answer should be and in this passage.

  1. In the passage, ” the world seems to be getting worse” means environments take a pessimistic view. So the answer to question 27 is TRUE
  2. The passage also mentions in 1972, the earth’s natural resource become more abundant but not mention they have been collected since 972 then the answer to question 28 is NOT GIVEN
  3. The graph indicates fewer people are starving but in the question, it is said the number of starving people has increased, so the information is the opposite. The answer to question 29 is NO

Please note that because it is the order question so if correct  answer of question 1 is in paragraph A, the answer of question 3 is in paragraph B. Then the answer for question 2 obviously lies between paragraph A and B  or the answer will be “NOT GIVEN” if you can’t find in that area.

To the short- answer questions and sentence completion questions, we also follow the same steps like T/F/NG questions but remember to determine the word form of the answer before scan keywords into the passages and the answers found should be matched with correct grammar

For example,  look at the questions and passages  below:

Question 1:


And you can find all the keywords underlined in this passage, and the word form needed for the answer would be  PLURAL NOUN. Then the  correct answer will be coping clerks

Question 2:  You also need to highlight some keywords as below and guess word  form as well as the topic of the question ( like a noun, Adv, adj and about time, noise and so on)


Based on those words, we also make a keyword table like T/F/NG question( you can make a table yourself  with my suggested words) and the question 7 needs the word of time so the answer should be “ two decades” and the answer to question 8 is the word for noise, hence, it should be “ crowd” or “ crowd noise

Read more: How can I improve My IELTS Score – Part 3


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