Familiarise yourself with the IELTS Reading test format and improve your chances of success by watching this video. Obtain tips for your IELTS Reading test and practise online.

IELTS Reading

  • It contains 40 questions in total.
  • It includes three texts written in English which can be taken from newspapers, magazines, websites or books.
  • The time to answer this section is 60 minutes.
  • In the paper version there is no extra time to transfer your answers. You will have to write them directly on the answer sheet as you progress. 
  • It contains different types of questions: multiple choice, sentence completion, locating parts of the text or stating the author's opinion.

Check out these recommended reading techniques

Skimming This is a speed reading technique where the text is read superficially in order to identify general ideas and important themes. It focuses on reading headings, subheadings and key words.
Scanning This technique consists in "scanning" the text for specific information. The purpose is to find specific information quickly.
Intensive reading  It involves a reasoned, slow and deep reading of the text in its entirety. Its objective is to know details and locate contextual information.

Tips for IELTS Reading

1. Start with speed reading and finish with intensive reading

Beginning the section by reading the text intensively may take time. That is why we recommend that you follow the above techniques in order.

2. Be aware of the synonyms

Some questions contain words whose answer is a synonym. This is why it is important to practise your vocabulary.

3. Practise with timed readings

Practise at home or whenever you are. You can use the free IELTS practice tests, which have timed versions to help you improve your reading times.

4. Look for diversity in your daily reading

Improve your reading skills by reading different types of texts. Read novels, poetry, chronicles, research and anything else that catches your attention. This will help you to get familiar with the different styles a written text can have.

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