Useful Reading Tips

4 Tips to Understand All Difficult Words in IELTS Reading

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to understand difficult words in contexts in IELTS Reading.
So many candidates can't finish the texts in 1 hour and they get a low score in IELTS Reading, especially in Academic Reading, due to so many difficult words in the passages.
But, do we need to understand every single word in the IELTS Reading to get band 9?
Watch this video to the end to learn the answer and tips on how to tackle this problem.

3 silly mistakes you must avoid in the IELTS Reading test


True, False, Not Given

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.

How to read faster & answer all the questions in IELTS Reading

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we want to teach you a very important lesson in your IELTS reading. By the end of this video, you will have learned about some mistakes that you’ve been making all this time and wondering why no matter how much practice and time you put in, you don’t improve.

So, don’t miss this one as with only 5 easy but practical tips, you will make a big difference in you IELTS reading score.

You'll learn how to manage your time, skim and scan read the text as well as answering all the 40 questions in IELTS Reading in both Academic or General module.

1. Don't spend much time in one passage - because it gets harder and there are 3 of them

2. Don't spend much time on one answer - move on to the next one if you don't know the answer and go back to it if you know the answer

3. Scan and skim read the text - use this to your advantage to get the idea of it and when looking for an answer

4. Underline the keywords - underline the nouns and main ideas of the sentences to help you find answers easier

5. Follow the lines/words with a pencil - because you tend read fast if you're following the words. This is also a technique for speed reading.


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.

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.