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Video: Keywords

Narration: There are certain types of keyword in the IELTS test that can help you easily scan for information. These words are generally not rephrased in the passage. For example: Place names, people’s names, anything in bold or inverted commas (‘ ‘), acronyms, dates, years, times and numbers. Be aware, however, that some keywords may … Read more

Prefixes

Here is a list of some of the more widely used prefixes in the IELTS reading test. Make a note of any that you do not know. Once you have studied the prefix list, move on to the next part of the lesson.   AFTER Following behind Afternoon, afterthought ANTE (SEE ALSO PRE) Before Antecedent, … Read more

Reading in detail

In the next exercise, you will practice reading in detail. When you begin the video, you will see a question. The paragraph you have just seen will appear on screen again briefly, just long enough for you to practice reading in detail. You have 5 seconds to read the questions before the paragraph appears. Read … Read more

Video: reading in detail

Narration: When reading in detail, there are a number of points you need to consider. First, synonyms. Synonyms can be used to express the same information, but using different vocabulary. For example, in the question, we see experts suggest, in the reading text, this is changed to specialists advise. Needed has changed to required; debate … Read more

Scanning practice

Instructions: In this exercise, you will practice scanning. When you begin the presentation, you will see 2 questions. A short paragraph will appear on screen briefly, just long enough for you to practice scanning. You have 5 seconds to read the questions before the paragraph appears. Scan the text for the answers.

Video: scanning skills

Narration: Like skimming, when you are scanning it is important that you do not look at each word individually or start ‘saying’ the words you are looking at. This can mean you lose focus on what you are actually scanning for. One way to make sure that you remain focused is by repeating the word … Read more

Skimming practice

Instructions: When you play the video above, you will see a question. A short paragraph will appear on screen briefly, just long enough for you to practice skimming. You have 5 seconds to read the question before the paragraph appears. Skim through the text for the answer. For the best practice, do not pause the … Read more

Video: Skimming skills

Narration: Skimming can be a difficult skill to master because most people try to say the words to themselves as they read. This will slow down your reading speed to only as fast as you can speak. In order to skim effectively, you need to practice not saying every word, but to keep moving your … Read more

Video: How to approach the reading test

Narration: To improve the speed at which you can complete an IELTS reading test, it is important that you have a clear plan about how you are going to approach the test. The skills you need to effectively answer the questions have just been mentioned – skimming, scanning and reading for detail. However, how you … Read more