Tuesday, June 12, 2007

IELTS Reading Test

There are three reading passages and test takers are required to answer 40 questions within 60 minutes. Test items are graded in terms of difficulty. The length of the passage is between 1500-2500 words. Due to the length of the texts and the time constraint, students often make mistakes which include rushing through the text without really understanding what they read or reading too slowly with the result that they are unable to answer all the questions.

To avoid these mistakes, learn to speed read. Take a reading passage which is about 1500 words long, time your reading and calculate your reading speed by dividing the number of words read over the time clocked to get your speed per minute.

Learn to skim over a passage very quickly to get a general gist of the article. Then read more carefully, underlining important points, taking into consideration, topic sentences as well as discourse markers before reading the comprehension questions. Then scan for the answers.

When you come across a difficult word, read the sentence before and the sentence after
it to make an intelligent guess of the meaning. You will not be penalized for wrong answers, so make sure you attempt all questions.

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