Useful Reading Tips

IELTS Reading general tips

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you will get familiar with everything you need to know about the IELTS Reading test.

In addition to that, you will learn two important techniques for reading, which are skimming and scanning. Remember practice makes perfect and to be ready for the real test you have to take as many tests as possible.


True, False, NG Vs. Yes, No, NG 

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we're going to talk about the difference between True/False/Not Given and Yes/No/Not Given types of questions in Reading.

As these two question types look similar, the candidates consider them as one and lose mark for that reason.

TRUE: means the sentence is 100% according to what is mentioned in text.

FALSE: here, the given sentence is 100% in the contrary with what is mentioned in the text.

NOT GIVEN: You can only use this when the given sentence is not mentioned in any part of the text, whatsoever.

In Yes, No, Not given, the writer’s general idea in the passage is important and not the general facts and information of the text.

Yes: The given sentence is exactly the writer’s idea.

No: The given sentence is exactly against the writer’s idea.

Not Given: The given sentence is not mentioned in any part of the passage.


Time Management 

As you know, in the IELTS reading, there are 3 passages. The first and second are shorter texts but the third one is longer and it normally has three different types of questions.

Before I tell you about the strategy for going through passage 3 without running out of time, I should let you some other tips.

The first and the second passages each include 27 easy questions that all have the same score. It means that if you answer question number 39 or question 1, you will get the same mark.

So, give them all the same importance, scan through the text, and don’t get stuck on the meaning of words.

Reading Time Management Strategy

The third passage, which is longer, usually includes Matching Headings, True False Not Given, and Summary Completion.

The common mistake here is that the candidates read the passage once for each type of question, which makes it 3 times!!! This results in running out of time, getting stressed out, and losing marks.

What to do?

Start reading from the first paragraph. Then move on to the first question type, which is normally Matching Headings, and find the answer for the first paragraph. Then look at the second and third question types and answer the related questions as well.

After that, go back to the passage and read the second paragraph, and so on. When you do so, you only tread the passage once and you answer three different question types at the same time without losing your time.

As you saw, each passage and question type has its own strategy that will help you find the right answer without running out of time.