IELTS Reading Paper – Tips for a high score grade 7 or 8
IELTS Reading is one of the components of the exam that many examinees find the most challenging.
Why is this part of the IELTS Exam so tricky when it looks quite manageable from the outside? The answer is very simple. Only a person with advanced reading skills can get a high score on this part of the test. The nature of the test is based on the main purpose of the exam—which is to determine the level of skill of the person.
There are three reading passages contained in the IELTS exam. These passages are taken from different sources, including magazines, books, and newspapers. There is a high level of difficulty with regard to comprehending the articles despite the fact that the content isn’t specialized in any way. There is no need for prior knowledge of the topic for the reader for answering the questions posed afterwards. One of the passages will present a complex argument and another will present the examinee with a diagram or chart.
This part of the IELTS exam is rather long because the readings have 900 words each. The whole test should be finished within an hour, which makes it very challenging for those who took the IELTS Course to understand the text and figure out the meaning of all the words unknown to them.
In order for the person taking the test to provide the right answer, his or her comprehension of the content must be spot on. There are different types of questions used, like sentence completion, classifying, multiple choice, short answer questions, matching, and yes/no/not given. In addition, the test also requires labeling of diagrams, or completion of a summary, and labeling the paragraphs with headings.
It is important for someone who is taking this part of the IELTS exam to distinguish between reading skills and learn what to apply in order to answer the different types of questions. For example, the reader must know that skimming is the skill needed to get a rough idea about the paragraphs. On the other hand, scanning is the skill needed to get an in-depth understanding of the content.
The IELTS reading test gets even more complex as the examinee moves onward to the end of the test. Due to time constraints, it is important to have a strategy. Rather than mull over one question for a long time, it is wiser to just move onward to the next question and then come back to the question without an answer later on.
In formulating the answers to the questions, make sure that your grammar and spelling are impeccable or there will be a reduction in the score. Follow instructions as well. Don’t write four words if the requirement is just a maximum of three.
There’s no separate answer sheet to the IELTS reading test booklet. All answers must be written on the booklet. Do it right and make sure your penmanship is readable. If you changed your answer, label the final answer clearly.
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