Get skilled to get the gist of the passage by adapting the skimming technique. Don’t be afraid of skipping a difficult word when you have understood the meaning of the whole passage. The IELTS text generally comes with wonderfully specialized vocabulary where you can try to guess the meaning of the words you don’t know by understanding the overall context of the text.
Read, Read and Read. Develop a habit of reading and try to read a variety of material in your free time. You can read news online, short stories, blogs; magazine articles any piece of content of your interest. Also, learn to recognize the type of text you are reading it will help you to answer the questions quickly.
1. Analytic Text: Discussing the reasons why something happened and giving reasons and explanations.
2. Descriptive Text: The one that describes a situation and gives explanations on how something is done.
3. Discursive Texts: Sharing different opinions expressed on one particular issue.
4. Narrative Texts: Explaining a chronological sequence of events
Learn to skim! Adapt the skimming technique and try reading the article quickly. In this technique, you can jump over the words which are not that important and try to understand the idea of a paragraph to get the answer to your question.
One more important strategy is Scanning. It is highly useful when you are looking for something specific. Try to adapt the scanning technique to get the location of answers in the texts. You can search out for words, numbers, dates, and words beginning with capital letters such as a name of the places.
Try focusing on what you have been asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions. For an example, if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the let us suppose that the correct answer is ‘evening’, then you should only be using ‘evening’ as your answer. Here it is important to note that if you have said ‘in the evening’ then it would have been incorrect.
So, we have tried to help you prepare for your IELTS Reading by sharing these tips and strategies on the blog. Stay tuned for some more strategies to help you achieve your target score on the IELTS.