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Tips to Improve IELTS Reading and Commonly Asked Questions in IELTS Exam

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:31

Right from our school life, we begin to develop our reading ability and this continues throughout our life. When this skill is developed by them right from their childhood, they can surely perform well in the reading module of IELTS examination. This module is included just with a view to assess the comprehending and reading skills of candidates, who wish to visit an English-speaking foreign nation either for higher studies or employment purpose. 

Tips to Improve Reading:

Practice: Practice is the key to performing well in the reading test and magazines and newspapers can be a great source here. This in turn will improve not only your reading speed, but also your ability to score high in this module.

Exposure to written language: Increase your exposure to written content wherever possible. Just reading the newspapers is not enough, whenever you visit some websites, just read some contents there from and the more you expose yourself to written language, better will be your ability to score well. 

Valuable online resources: There are some websites from where you can practice for this module. The more you can get the help of these online resources like viewing the past question papers and samples, the better are the chances to score more in reading test.

Daily thirty minutes practice: Daily spend 30 minutes on reading and this will slowly and steadily improve your reading ability. When doing this, judge your reading ability like how many words can be read within a minute. In addition to judging this, do not forget to analyze your comprehending skills by shortening what you have read and creating a different content. Here, it would be wise to use the same type of reading material as it can provide you the consistency needed for sensible practice.

Scanning and skimming: Generally, this module tests the skimming and scanning ability of candidates. Most of test-takers think that understanding the content of the passage is the thing that is tested. So, do not spend time in understanding. Rather, you can first go through the questions and just then read the content and this will be helpful for identifying the answers when you are reading for the first time itself. This will save you a lot of time.

Read every question four times: Some candidates waste their time by reading the paragraphs several times. But, you can reduce the time spent here by reading the questions several times. Once you understand the questions clearly, it will be easy for you to answer easily and quickly.

Underlining the verbs: The best thing about IELTS examination is that you can do all the rough work in your question paper itself and only your answer sheet will be judged. So, even if you commit mistakes in your question paper, ensure that you give the right answer in the answer sheet. When you can underline the verbs and give a different mark to the nouns for identification, it will be easier for finding answers. 

Identical words: For answering the questions in the reading module correctly, it is essential that you will have to develop this skill. This will be a difficult task for some people because as they cannot find identical words. On the other hand, some people can identify identical words, but it will be difficult for them to understand the meaning. This thing should be trained right from your practice sessions. 

Scoring good band in your reading test can contribute towards better overall score. So, practice well and try to prepare yourself with online resources for IELTS to do well in your exam.

Parts in Speaking Module:

Interview in IELTS denotes the speaking module, wherein the candidate will be talking to the examiner as if they are attending the interview. Here, the test is divided into three parts under the speaking module. 

In the first part, which is conducted just like question and answer session, the examiner will be asked general interview questions like his/her personal life, interests, familiar topics, etc.….  In the second part, the candidates will be provided with a card with some topics on it. They can select any one out of them and they will be given some time to prepare for the same. After preparing, they will have to talk on the topic for one or two minutes. Once the candidate completes the talking, the examiner will be asking some questions from the points expressed by them. The Third part involves a discussion session, wherein the examiner will be discussing on the topic on which the candidate spoke in the previous part.

Commonly Asked Questions:

•Tell me about yourself….

•Tell me something about your native place ……

•Describe some details about the employment process in your country….

•Speak something about the education system in your nation and express its advantages and disadvantages….

•Compare the features of your hometown with that of other important cities in your country…..

•Do you have the desire to visit a particular country and the reason behind your wish…


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