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IELTS Reading part tips

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Reading is the second part of the IELTS test consisting of 3 reading passages. There are 40 questions you need to answer during this test. You have 60 minutes to complete and no extra time is given. Therefore, you must be very focus, organised and use effective time management.

Students usually find this task to be the most complicated in IELTS test. The IELTS Reading part mainly tests the following:


  • your vocabulary range
  • paraphrasing skills
  • ability to understand complex authentic texts of various styles and topics
  • ability to operate the unfamiliar texts efficiently to quickly find the required information.

Therefore, high organisation skills are required. Take a look at 10 IELTS Reading tips that will really help you to overcome your worries and succeed in this part:

  1. Follow the instructions

Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully. Pay attention to the word limit allowed by reading passage instructions and write the answers on the answer sheet as presented at the beginning of the test.

  1. Skim through the text

You don't need to read carefully every word. Remember, you are reading for a purpose of finding the answers and alternative words in order to complete the task. Skim through each text to get a basic understanding of the main topic.

Attention to detail reading skills IELTS


  1. Find the main idea of each paragraph

Find out what the main point of each paragraph is. Each paragraph contains a separate idea. The TRUE, FALSE, NOT GIVEN questions will focus on these main ideas.

  1. Follow the order of the questions

Remember, questions appear in the same order as the answers in each passage. Therefore, you should look for the answer accordingly.

  1. Time management

You have to be able to multitask! Don’t forget that you have only 60 minutes to read three texts and answer 40 questions. You won’t get additional time for filling your answer sheet, so make sure manage your time properly.


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  1. Check your spelling

Check your spelling before writing your answers on the answer sheet. You will lose points for the answer if it's spelled incorrectly. Be accurate!

  1. Underline important words

When you skim over the text, underline the most important phrases and words (such as names, places, and any other factual information) which will help you to save some time when you search for answers.

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  1. Don’t try to understand each word

Don’t’ start panicking if the text seems unfamiliar to you or you don’t know some words. Find the main idea of the paragraph. Every answer can be found in the text, without knowing every word.


  1. Hope for some luck and answer all of them!

Answer all the questions, even if you’re not sure of your answer. Remember, that your chances are higher when you write a random answer instead of leaving it blank.


  1. Final checking

Even if you finished earlier, check your answers again. It would be such a pity if you missed a misspelling or put an answer in a wrong box. Be vigilant at all times!