IELTS Reading Test Tips


The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is an exam for testing English language proficiency of non-native speakers globally. 

IELTS test consists of four parts which are:

  1. Reading 
  2. Writing 
  3. Listening 
  4. Speaking 

The score of the test is given in the form of bands ranging from 0-9. Each part is given individual bands and at the end, a collective score is given that too in the form of bands. 

Today, we’re going to walk you through some IELTS Reading Tips so you can perform better and hit the ball out of the park. Have a look below:  

The Reading Part:

This part is known for its difficulty and many candidates secure the least in it. The reading part comprises of three sections which mean that you will have to read three sets of texts. Each part has its own questions. The texts are usually long and questions are plenty. You are given 60 minutes to complete this section. 

Following are the types of questions asked in the reading part:

  • Multiple Choice Questions 
  • Gap Filling Tasks
  • Sentence Completion Tasks
  • Short Answer Questions 
  • Diagram Completion Tasks
  • True/False Questions 

You are provided with a booklet and an answer sheet. 

Tips On Scoring High On This Part:

There is definitely no rocket science involved behind getting higher bands on the test or particularly any part. It is, in fact, a result of combined tricks and tips. Some of these tips are as follows:

Distribute Your Time Wisely:

This is the most important tip one can ever get and not only for the reading part but for any test in life. Make sure to allot 20 minutes for each part so that you can easily manage to answer all the questions of all three sections. 

You should write answers directly on the answer sheet to save time. If you are stuck on a difficult question, leave it for the end and don’t waste your time.

Read all the Tasks Carefully 

You must read the questions carefully and not waste your time reading the long texts. Be careful not to miss any task. Read the text first and then find the relevant answers in the text. 

Develop Speed for Reading 

While preparing for the text one thing that you must do is practice your reading skills and develop your speed. So that you can read more text in lesser time. Also, it will help you in understanding text faster. 

Master the Art of Skim and Scan

Scanning is a technique in reading that helps you find your relevant answer in the text faster without reading every word thoroughly. This technique comes with practice only.

You need to master the art before the test so that you find your answer from the text in lesser time. As a result, you will be able to give quality answers in ample time. 

Develop Good Vocabulary

When they say it is a vocabulary test, they are right. The test has questions which include synonyms and paraphrases to test your vocabulary. Having a good vocabulary is very beneficial not only for the test but generally too. 

When your vocabulary is good, your writing will automatically impress the readers. So you must start improving your vocabulary a few weeks before you plan to take your test. 

Always Read Questions/Tasks First

Each part has a long text and relevant questions. Many people make a mistake where they read the text first. That consumes your most of the time. Read the questions first and then skim and scan through the text to find answers. Chances are when you have a question in mind you will be able to find answers correctly.

Attempt Every Question

One very important thing is not to miss any question as it leads to negative marking. Answer all the questions whether you know the answer or not. Besides, this puts a good impression on the checkers. 

Carefully Transfer Your Answers 

One common mistake that test-takers make is that they see the question from the booklet and do not transfer it correctly on the answer sheet. 

Imagine what a waste if your correct answers are in the wrong place and thus you lose all your marks!

Get Your Grammar Right

One very important thing is your grammar. If your sentences are grammatically correct, it will put a very good impression. And ensure you higher bands on the test.  

Don’t Use Your Own Knowledge

You must remember that you are not being judged on the basis of your own knowledge but your IELTS skills. This is a very common mistake that most students make.

When a question is asked, you must answer it from the text provided and not from your personal knowledge. 

Relax 

Last but not least, you must stay calm and relaxed throughout your exam. If your nerves are calm, you will perform better on the test. 

If you know all the answers but you are having anxiety during the test, how can you expect to perform efficiently? So calm down, keep your senses right and ace your exam.