IELTS Overview: Reading Skill

Reading skill consists of three passages, each passage can have 13 – 14 questions. The question types of this skill much more than Listening one.

Tips 1: Trying to get involve your curiosity into the passages. Do not over react and over confidence by the passages, even if the passages’ topics are about your favorite subjects.

– Completing a summary by choosing words that are given in a long list or in the passage. Try to find the paraphrase of the summary into the passage, for some cases the summary could be totally different from what has written in the paragraph but they must share the same ideas.

Tips 2: Notice a quantifier such as ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘an’ or the word class needed.

Tips 3: Give what the monkey wants. If the questions ask you to choose the word from a given options, then follow it by choose the closest meaning word from the passage to the given options. If there is no list, then just write your word taken by the passage.

Remember that they are just monkeys. As long as you are still a human, please do not argue or bargain with monkeys 😀

– Indicating which paragraph contains the information.

Tips 4: Usually the sequence of the question number go conversely with paragraph’s order.

Tips 5: Read all the questions which included into this type then find it in the paragraph. This aim is to minimize your time and optimize your productivity because you are not just looking for one answer by looking all the paragraph, but you are looking for all answers by reading all the paragraph.

– Choosing True/False/Not Given for facts and Yes/No/Not Given for opinions. Read the question carefully, if you can’t find any information about that it should be Not Given. But, if you can find it there are two options left, whether it is True/Yes or False/No.
If you find any contrary evidence, please do not hesitate to choose False/No.

Yaaa, but it is not an IELTS if there is no tricky parts. The tricky parts are taken place to which one of the ‘contrary‘ word.

Tips 6: Notice all the adjectives. Each of adjectives must have its opposites.

Tips 7: Notice all the amount quantifier like ‘most’, ‘rarely’, ‘all’, ‘few’, ‘none’. I will write the explanation of these quantifiers in the next post.

– Choosing or matching headings. You will see a list of summary of the headings. These monkeys will not let you win easily for sure, so be careful if they provide you a longer list compare to the paragraphs numbers. It means that it can have two possible answers to one question but only one is the most correct. Do not feel happy too if they provide the exactly same number of answers and questions because if you have one wrong answer it surely will affect another answer.

This monkey is so genius, right?

Tips 8: Read the first, second and last sentence of each paragraph. Logically, the first sentence is just an introductory sentence or  a relating sentence from the precede paragraph. Usually the second sentence contain the main idea of the paragraph. You should be happy if there is ‘however’, ‘on the contrary’ or negative conjunction in the first word of second sentence. It relieves the pain meaning. Last sentence is the conclusion or summary of each paragraph; it is just a restatement of what it is talking about.

– Labeling diagram or sequential flow process. You just need to discover which paragraph is the first step, then you can follow the rest of it.

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