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Reading Guide for IELTS


Reading is one of the four tests in IELTS examination. Both general and academic candidates have the same reading tests. We have come across to many people who have admitted that completely reading 3 big paragraphs and answering 40 questions within 1 hour is just tough. So, just like we have given you a comprehensive guide regarding the WRITING test of IELTS, we will focus on only READING test of the same today.

Reading Guide for IELTS

It is a fact that every student has their own strategy to approach this test. It is up to you how you can read 3 big paragraphs and answer so many questions, all in just 1 hour. We also admit that it is a tough task. The most critical part is that you have to copy your answers to the answer sheet and for that you will be given no extra time. But, from the very beginning we want to be very clear to all our readers. If you are really determined to immigrate to a country like Canada whether for education and professional purpose, it’s a high time now and you should take IELTS exam very seriously.

If you are among them who wants to go abroad without giving this test, then, we are assuring you that you cannot aim high in there, rather, you can end up in a very unexpected condition. So, no matter how tough the exam is to you, practice can make you perfect. Right? Give your endeavor and endurance to your dedication and after sometime, you can enjoy the results. We obviously will be there to help you. Have some free time for you and consider reading this post cool heatedly so that every tips and tricks get memorized and you can include them in your strategy to improve your performance

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Details about IELTS Reading Questions

In this part, you will be receiving a total of 14 different types of questions. You will obviously have only 60 minutes in your hand. A total of 40 questions will be there. These 40 questions are categorized into different sections which you must complete. For each passage, you will be getting 3 to 4 different types of questions. From these clues, you can well imagine that how strong your PREPARATION has to be. Don’t think that it is just a mere reading. No, managing your time effectively is the main challenge here and for that you must be thoroughly accustomed with the instructions for each question pattern in the form of your preparation. We will discuss about the types of questions that comes in IELTS READING part so that it becomes a little easier to you.

1. Matching Heading Questions

Task: You have to select a heading that matches a paragraph or section in the passage

Skills:

• Understand the aim of a paragraph or a section
• You must be able to detect the main and the supporting ideas
• Also understand the general content of the paragraph

Tips:

  • Focus on the headings of the paragraphs
  • Try to analyse every headings
  •  Answers don’t come in orders

2. True/False/Not Given/Yes/No/Not questions

Task: You have to decide if the writer’s opinion can be found in the passage.

Skills:

• Scan a paragraph well so that all information is cleared
• Pick out specific information from the passage

Tips:

• Yes/true- information is in the passage
• No/false- information is just the opposite than that in the passage
• Not given- information is missing in the passage
• Paraphrase the statements here before locating your answer
• Answers come in order

3. Matching paragraph questions

Task: You have to match the information of the question from the paragraph

Skills:

• Pick out specific points and scan that

Tips:
• Paraphrase the information you have found in the passage
• Answers don’t come in order

4.Summary Completion questions

Task: You need to complete a summary either using words from the passage or with the words given in a box.
Skills:
• Scan for specific information in a passage
• Pay attention to the main and supporting ideas
• Selectively choose appropriate words
Tips:
• Identify the exact type of word required to fill every gap (verb/noun/adjective etc.)
• Point the information in the passage for selecting the right word.
• Pay attention to your grammar while writing a sentence.
• Pay attention to the word count that can be used for every answer.
• Answers, generally comes in an order

 

5.Sentence Completion questions

TaskYou have to complete the sentences by taking words from the passage

Skills:

  • You have to scan for specific information
  • You have to select the most appropriate words
  • You should understand all information given in a passage.

Tips:

  • Identify the exact type of word required to fill every gap (verb/noun/adjective etc.)
  • Point the information in the passage for selecting the right word.
  • Pay attention to your grammar while writing a sentence.

• Pay attention to the word count that can be used for every answer.
• Answers, generally comes in an order.

 

6. MCQ

Task: You have to choose the correct answer from the options given with the questions.

Skills:

• Scan and understand the specific information in a passage
Tips:
• Locate the precise information
• Paraphrase the information in options and questions
• Answers come in order

 

7.List Selection

Task: You have to choose the correct information from a list of words or information.
Skills:

• Scanning and understanding specific information.
Tips:
• Identify the key words in a question
• Prepare paraphrases while going through the list
• Answers come in order

 

8. Title selection

Task: You have to select an appropriate title from a given list
Skills:

• Pay attention to the aims, main idea and supporting ideas of a passage
Tips:
• Focus on the opening and closing of the paragraphs
• Find out the differences of the possible titles
• Avoid spending too much time on this question as it carries only 1 mark.

 

9. Categorization Questions

Task: You have to find out the category to which the information from a given list belongs.

Skills: 

Locate specific information from the passage and categories that

Tips:

• Find out the given information from the passage
• Detect the category to which it belongs
• Focus on paraphrasing

10. Matching endings of the sentences

Task: You have to match the starting of a sentence with the correct ending given in a list.

Skills:

• Pin point specific information from the passage and understand that well.

Tips:
• Go through the sentences carefully to find out the possible endings
• Choose the best ending to perfectly match a sentence
• Paraphrase the main idea and specific information from the passage

• Pay attention to your grammar

11. Table Completion

Task: You have to complete a table using correct words from the passage

Skills:

• Find out the specific information and understand the details

Tips:

• Scan the passage carefully as information are often located in specific part of a passage
• Pay attention to the column headings and allotted word count for answers

12. Flow Chart Completion

Task: You have to complete a flow chart using appropriate words from the passage.

Skills:

• Pick out the specific information
• Choose appropriate words
• Pay attention in understanding the details

Tips:

• Focus on the types of words needed to fill each part of the flow chart
• Scan a passage thoroughly
• Answers don’t come in order
• Follow the directions and arrows in a flow chart and pay attention to the allotted word count

13. Diagram Completion

Task: You have to label a diagram

Skills:

• Locate specific information in a passage and relate that to the diagram
• Choose correct words

Tips:

• Identify the exact type of word required to fill every gap (verb/noun/adjective etc.)
• Information is generally located in specific parts of a passage
• Pay attention to the word count
• Answers don’t always come in order

14. Short answer Questions

Task: You have to answer questions on the basis of the details in a passage

Skills:

• Find out specific information from the passage
• Pay attention in understanding the detail and specific information

Tips:

• Identify the exact type of word required to fill every gap (verb/noun/adjective etc.)
• Paraphrase the vocabulary given in these questions
• Scan the passage thoroughly to pick out the specific information
• Check for the word count
• Answers remains in an order

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