IELTS Reading test. What not to do!



By far the biggest mistake that I have seen students make when doing a mock test for the IELTS is that they READ the passages before attempting to answer the question. You simply do not have time to do this. Simple mathematics will explain. The test is 60 minutes in duration. There are 40 questions.

60 ÷ 40 = 1.5 (one and a half minutes, or 90 seconds)

You have 90 seconds to answer each question. If you spend five minutes reading each passage, your answering time will be dramatically reduced.

60 – 15 (5 mins for each passage) = 45

45 ÷ 40 = 1.125 (67.5 seconds) to answer each question

What you need to do in the IELTS test is to spend half a minute scanning the text and then move straight to the question. READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY and UNDERLINE the KEY WORDS. Then SCAN the text to FIND THE KEY WORD, or a SYNONYM or an ANTONYM of the key words. When you have found your place, THIS IS THE TIME TO READ THE SECTION OF TEXT CAREFULLY.



Ninety seconds may not seem like a long time, but try it out with your phone or smartwatch … it is enough. Imagine a miniature teacher sitting at your desk with you – you have to show them why the answer is correct before you choose it …. Rushing in in a panic is understandable but will cost you points you can’t afford to lose. Therefore, it is important to develop strong SELF DISCIPLINE while you are practicing for the test.


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