IELTS Reading

In IELTS Reading module, the test takers are given either an Academic Reading test or a General Training Reading test. Both the tests consist of three sections with increasing order of difficulty.

The coaching at BRITISH IELTS CENTRE would help you to understand and use various techniques to score high in IELTS Reading Test. You will also attain various sub skills required for scoring high in the Reading Module. With the help of different exercises, you will improve your reading speed, concentration span, skimming, scanning and imbibing abilities.

The experienced trainers at BRITISH IELTS CENTRE will also help you to develop reading habit as IELTS Reading Test specifically analyses the reading habit of a candidate. The training program would also help you to improve the spelling, vocabulary and synonyms. Hence, you would gradually find the Reading Test much easier and the special practice papers would help you to identify the right answers to the given questions.

In the past, BRITISH IELTS CENTRE has trained many students from non-English medium background, who finally scored 9 bands, 8.5 bands and 8 bands in IELTS Reading Test.

Read a lot of Academic texts

Developing a habit of reading during free time through resources like newspapers or any informative resource to enhance reading skills. IELTS is categorized into two different type’s general, academic. The academic reading is composed of sections where you are required to go through unseen passages this implies of various resources such as textbooks and specialist magazines and journals. In case you are not familiar with reading such kind of texts in English then you need to start reading them so that you become familiar with the words and language also with the structure used when you meet them in the exam.


Your focus should be on the text first, then on the questions! Only if you have a good understanding of the text, you can answer the questions more precisely and effectively.

Be able to Categorize

IELTS exam writers select a range of specific type of texts. You need to learn to recognize the type of text you are reading. It will help you predict its structure and you will be able to understand it more rapidly. There are four types of IELTS Reading texts –

  • A) analytic texts that will discuss the reasons why something happened or make recommendations or explain a concept
  • B) Descriptive texts that describe a situation explain how something is done or categorize something
  • C) Discursive texts in which different opinions are expressed about an issue and D) narrative texts that explain a chronological sequence of events.


Develop the ability to skim. Skimming means to read quickly by skipping the unimportant words like prepositions and ignoring the difficult words that you don’t have to understand. You should do this to get a general idea about a text or a paragraph or while intensively searching for the answer of a question.


You must learn to scan. Scanning is exactly what you do when you look for a price in advertising text or a name in a telephone book. While scanning you do not actually need to read the text but move your eyes quickly over it. You can scan either left to right or right to left, from top to bottom or bottom to top. You should do this to find out the location of answers in the texts looking out for easy to spot words like numbers, dates and words beginning with capital letters such as place names.


Learn to recognize paragraph structure. This involves spotting the relationship between main ideas and supporting ideas in a paragraph. Paragraphs are mostly descending i.e., they start with the main idea somewhere near the start and develop from there, however some, frequently first and the last paragraphs of the texts, are ascending – the main idea is found to be located towards the end. This can prove to be helpful particularly when matching the headings to the paragraphs.


Get the overview of a text before beginning with the questions. Do this by reading the title and the subtitle as well as focusing on the beginnings and ends of paragraphs. This will help you process the information in a text.

Similar phrases Develop the skill to spot similar phrases. There are different ways of expressing the same thing, such as, “I like to ski” and “skiing is enjoyable”. Many questions, for example, YES NO NOT GIVEN questions and gap fills, test your ability to match up a parallel phrase in the task with its equivalent in the text.

Don’t panic when you come across some difficult word. IELTS texts are packed with highly specialized vocabulary and therefore you are advised to read relevant texts beforehand to prepare. For words you need to understand, practice try to guess their meaning using the overall context through readability and reliability.

Time management

Time management is the utmost important concept. Most of the IELTS candidates complain about running short of time. Go through each text about 15-20 minutes (the examiner will bring it to your notice when 20 minutes have passed). Never spend too long on a single question, skip the question for a while and return to back to it later.


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