IELTS Reading Moudule. Tips for preparation


Who is familiar with a “Llistening module” IELTS test, he will understand that the easiest ways to pass reading module does not exist. The only recipe – work and labor. However, with regard to reading the module, you should not have excuses: you can practice anytime, anywhere.


However, the following tips will help find the right approach to this section of the test:


1. If you catch an exemplary essence of the text before the start of reading, it will facilitate the subsequent understanding. A careful viewing of graphs, tables and any illustrations often gives a clear view of the subject text.


2. Remember that there is no extra time to transfer answers. Make sure that you write directly on the test answer sheet and not on the questionnaire.


3. The “Reading module” quite generalized and is designed for people who have a generalist education. This means that you do not need specialized knowledge to understand any text IELTS. Nevertheless, some articles of “Reading module” can be more formal than others.


4. If you read the text and answer the questions in a random order, be careful that the answers are in place in the answer table.


5. If you are not sure of the correctness of your answer, you will certainly re-read the text and find the right option. However, if you focus on any issue, you risk doesn’t make in the time frame. Remember that the “Reading module” last no more than an hour and you need to answer 40 questions. If you spend on each question is not more than a minute, then you will have an extra 20 minutes to read the text. If the answer is hard to find, move on to the next question.


6. Although the IELTS test contains no section on grammar checking, it is necessary knowledge. Same tactics as “Llistening module”, you can predict answers reading section, using the grammatical structure of the text and the question to validate the response.


Look at the following example: There have been at least 500 ……….. to correct this problem.


a) Attempts

b) Versions

c) Tries

d) Table Monolith


The fact that the number “500” precedes the missing word in itself suggests the assumption that the noun will be plural, or will it be an adjective. Among the options you do not have adjectives, but a noun in the plural three: Attempts, Versions, and Tries. Now you can use the text and find the right answer.


7. Also like in “Llistening module”, do not invent answers. This applies particularly to issues such as True / False / Not given. The answers are in the text and it is not necessary to invent.


For example: “The introduction of new government policies gave people better lives: they had jobs and more money to spend.”


Now look at the response: The introduction of new government policies had positive long-term benefits on peoples’ lives. True / False / Not given


If people had a job and more money, it will certainly be better for them. Thus, this statement can be considered as a true ( ‘true’). However, the key word there is ‘long-term’. Based on the meaning of the text, impossible to say whether the work lasted 20 years and one day. If you do not make assumptions, then answer the question. As a result, the correct answer – Not given.


8. Of course, questions like True / False / Not given the most difficult types of questions, because they suggest candidates to make a false answer or invent your own.


9. IELTS test reading section contains questions with the words, which are often not in the response. Therefore, you should pay attention to synonyms of keywords of text as well as on the keywords themselves.


For example, the word ‘correct’ has the possible synonyms:


a) Right

b) Accurate

c) Exact

d) Truthful

e) Spot on

f) Proper

g) Acceptable

h) Accepted


Based on the context, you can apply a few of these synonyms. You should know these words, as well as the required keywords. In addition, don’t forget about antonyms – words with opposite meanings.


Sentence type ‘It would not be wrong’ will, under certain circumstances, to mean “right.” So you need a good vocabulary.


10. If you do not have time to finish, guess some answers. It is surprising the number of students who leave without an answer multiple-questions (multiple choice answers) because of ignorance of the answer. If you have the answers A, B, C or D, then there is already a 20% probability that you answer correctly, even putting a letter at random!


11. If you don’t know the answer to a question such as True / False / Not given and want to put a random, do not select option “Not given” – it is the most rare response.


12. If the text is context specific (eg, the development of chips for PC), then do not assume that you know nothing about the subject, and therefore cann’t give an answer. The more specialized the topic, the more facts and direct information contains text. This allows everyone, without exception, find the correct answer.


13. Some hidden texts contain standpoint. Remember that the initial phrases like ‘While it can be argued that …’ do not express the opinions of the author and are often an expression of a third party thoughts.


14. Can get caught text with complex and long words. Very often, these words convey the key text and so – are indicators of the responses. However, these “indicators” are also often carry no semantic meaning: an adjective or adverb, that complement the description, rather than meaning. If you start to fixated on the unknown word, you lose time. Ignore complicated words too. Try this as an exercise: Take the English-language newspaper and find an article with a lot of unknown words. Cross out all these words, and then read the article and see if you understand it. Most likely yes.


15. If your text contains a lot of dates, then mark them as read, because of the high probability that they carry important information. If you highlight them, then easily find later.


16. Similarly, the names. Even if there are not a lot, do not be lazy to allocate them to facilitate the further search.


17. Do not be afraid to write on the form with questions.


18. The most important tip – read as much as possible. Learn sentence structure, punctuation, and most importantly, try to understand the idea of ??writing. Look at the part of the text and write a few assumptions about the subsequent context. Then check that your guesses.


19. If the time is really running out, leave for later all questions of type True / False / Not given, as well as multiple-questions (Multiple Choice questions), because to answer them you don’t need anything to read.