- Some question types require you to read the whole text (think of the paragraph/heading matching question for example).
- Reading and understanding the whole text helps you to make intelligent guesses about answers you are not sure about
- You save and don’t waste time if you read the whole text first – you waste time by not knowing which part of the text to focus on
- If you want to improve your reading, you want to improve all your reading skills – meaning that your score may never improve if you don’t learn to skim a text for general meaning.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
IELTS: Tips for the Reading Section
Do I need to read the whole text first in IELTS is one of the more common questions. Put briefly, it is a very good idea to do this. There are four reasons for this:
If once you have skimmed the text for general meaning, you can’t remember what it was about, that may be a waste of time. So try making notes as you go – this is practical. How you choose to do that will depend on you. You can write, underline or highlight – use the method that works for you.
Okay, if it still doesn’t work, then maybe it is not a technique/skill for you. Try it your way. Different learners do differ and I’m always reluctant to say that something must be done one way. I would say though that it can help to read through all the questions first and look at the title of the text – that way you should get at least some idea of general meaning.