STRATEGIES TO BEAT THE IELTS READING - TESTURU

18-Dec-2019
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Reading is one of the "hardest to swallow" parts of the four IELTS skills because Reading not only requires a solid knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and social understanding but also requires candidates to highly focused and accurate test skills. Question types in the Reading section are divided into 14 different types:

1. Multiple choice questions 

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Enter the correct answer letter in the Answer Sheet. Frequently asked questions choose 1 of 4 options A, B, C, D (or 2 of 5 options A, B, C, D, E, or 3 of 7 options A, B, C, D, E, F, G). The questions appear in the same order as the information in the post.

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  • Read quickly to get the main idea (can note/underline keyword)
  • Read the requirements carefully to see how many characters are needed
  • Identify whether the question asks you to find specific information or understand the whole article/paragraph (note the corresponding keywords in the article and the question)
  • If the answers are quite similar, use the exclude method to find the best answer.

2. Short-answer question

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Answer the questions according to the information in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. The questions appear in the same order as the information in the post.

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  • Skim for the main idea
  • Underline keywords that contain the most information (figures, names, times, etc.)
  • Find information for answers (note the keywords in the question)
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...) to complete the sentence meaning and grammatically correct.

3. Sentence completion 

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Fill the sentence with the words given in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. The questions appear in the same order as the information in the post.

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  • Read quickly to get the main idea (note/underline keyword)
  • Determine the type of words to be filled (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers,...)
  • The summary must be grammatically correct, making sure the word you choose matches the general grammar of the sentence.
  • Find the information position to fill.
  • Synonyms are also an important factor because the question often does not match the words in the text.

4. Table completion 

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Fill the board with the words provided in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. The question will not necessarily appear in the same order as the information in the post. The answers are usually in small paragraphs of the text.

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  • Quickly read the article to find information (similar keywords in the article and the table)
  • Read the column/row headings in the table
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...) so that the information has meaning
  • The answers are usually in small paragraphs of the text
  • Quick reading for main ideas (can underline/comment key words)
  • Locate the information needed to answer (search by the corresponding keyword)

5. Summary completion 

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Fill out the summary with the given words in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. The question will not necessarily appear in the same order as the information in the post.

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  • Quickly read for main ideas (underline / keyword notes)
  • Find the position of the information to fill out (can be based on the corresponding keywords in the article and the summary)
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...) to complete the sentence's meaning and grammatically correct.
  • The answers are usually in small paragraphs of the text.

6. Note completion 

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Fill in the note with the words provided in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the Answer Sheet. The question will not necessarily appear in the same order as the information in the post.

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  • Quick reading for main ideas (underline/comment key words)
  • Locate the information needed to answer (search by the corresponding keyword)
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...) so that the sentence has a meaningful meaning
  • The answers are usually in small paragraphs of the text.

7. Diagram completion 

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Fill the chart with the words given in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. Questions will not appear in the same order as the information in this article.

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  • The diagram may be of some kind of machinery, parts of a building or any details expressed in images.
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...)
  • Locate information in the text
  • The answers are usually concentrated in a particular paragraph of the text

8. Flow chart completion 

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Fill the diagram with the words given in the text. You need to fill in the correct words/figures in the answer sheet. Questions will not appear in the same order as the information in this article.

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  • Read the text quickly to find information
  • Use the direction of the arrows and the frame to track the sequence of information in the diagram
  • The answer can only include one, two or three words. Note the request to not exceed the number of words allowed, if exceeded will lose points. Hyphenated words are counted as individual words
  • Determine the type of words to fill (nouns, verbs, adjectives, numbers, ...)

9. Identifying information (TRUE / FALSE / NOT GIVEN)

Decide whether the information given in the question is true, false or mentioned in the reading. You will have to enter TRUE / FALSE / NOT GIVEN in the Answer Sheet.

Understand the meaning of each answer:

  • TRUE = similar information is presented in the text
  • FALSE = conflicting information is presented in the text
  • NOT GIVEN = information is not presented in the text

10. Identifying writer’s views/claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN) 

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Understand the meaning of each answer:

  • YES = information is similar to the author's intention
  • NO = information is contrary to the author's meaning
  • NOT GIVEN = information not mentioned by the author Read and understand the opinions and views of the author about the issues mentioned in the text. Understanding and finding other expressions in the question before finding answers in the lesson.

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  • Break the question down into several sections and compare each part with the reading. Typically, the "traps" that the person put out are not in the main information but in the extra information such as time, place, ... Taking questions to compare with the reading will help. You should not miss any information - not even the smallest detail
  • Read the whole lesson, do not use keywords, do not apply skim and scan skills
  • Do not apply subjective thoughts and personal knowledge to answering questions
  • Very awake with adverbs of frequency (often, sometimes, always, ...), adverbs of ability (probably, likely, ...), adverbs (some, many, ...), verbs with disabilities (can, should, ...) or the words everybody/nobody/rarely/little/...
  • Do not spend too much time on one question. If you find the NOT GIVEN question too difficult to answer, you can use the exclusion method. That is to see if it is True or False.

11. Matching Headings

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Select titles from the list provided to connect with a section/paragraph in the reading. Fill in the letter corresponding to each title in the answer sheet.

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  • Understand the general and specific content of each section/paragraph
  • Read through the titles before reading the article
  • There are usually more headings than the number you need to choose
  • The main idea is usually in the first sentence or the last sentence of each paragraph
  • Analyze headings before connecting them to paragraphs
  • The answer is usually marked in Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv ...), please read the instructions carefully to complete your answer.

12. Matching Information

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Match the information in the question to the correct paragraphs. Fill in the letter corresponding to each paragraph in the answer sheet.

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  • Understand and try to interpret the information given in the question
  • Circle important keywords in the question to find the right paragraph.
  • Find information in the text
  • Answers are usually marked with letters (A, B, C ...), please read the instructions carefully to choose the correct one
  • Not all paragraphs will be used for questions

13. Matching Features

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Choose the correct answer from a list of given ideas, a piece of information or a name. This type of subject is different from the Multiple Choice form in that the questions are all related to a long list of given options. Enter the letter corresponding to the answer in the answer sheet. 

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  • Read and find detailed information in the text (underline keyword)
  • Locate the information in the text and highlight keywords in the question
  • Find information in the reading text based on the keyword
  • Prefer to find the information in the previous list because it is usually short and prominent
  • Answers are usually marked with letters (A, B, C, ...), please read the instructions carefully to choose the correct one.

14. Matching sentence endings

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Select the most appropriate paragraph to complete the sentence. The links are listed in the list provided. You need to enter the letter corresponding to that end in the answer sheet.

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  • Read through all the sentences and the endings
  • Circle the keyword in the given sentence to find in the text (note the synonyms and the different expressions)
  • Check the grammar of the sentence after it is completed
  • You can give more endings than you need
  • Questions will appear in the same order as the information in the text

 

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