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IELTS Reading: True/ False/ Not Given

Many candidates find the True/ False/ Not Given question one of the most challenging tasks in the Reading test. In fact, the biggest problem is the ‘Not Given’ option. Most candidates are not used to having this option and it confuses them a lot. They spend too much time making sure that it is ‘not given’ and this affects the rest of their test.

Sahar Azzam, Regional IELTS Academic Manager, British Council Middle East and North Africa

IELTS Reading: Matching headings to paragraphs

The problem The IELTS Reading test includes unusual and difficult task types that are not typically found in other reading exams. These include Yes/No/Not Given, sentence completion and matching headings to paragraphs. Are you familiar with these question types? If not, you need to get to grips with them well in advance of your IELTS test day. In this post we’ll have a look at matching headings to paragraphs.

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

IELTS Reading: How important is culture?

Will your culture affect your performance in IELTS Reading? Back in 1978, researchers at the University of Illinois conducted an experiment in which they asked subjects from India and the US to read two passages: one about an Indian wedding and the other about an American wedding. They then tested their reading comprehension. They found that ‘Subjects read the native passage more rapidly, recalled a larger amount of information from the native passage, produced more culturally appropriate elaborations of the native passage, and produced more culturally based distortions of the foreign passage.’ In other words, they found that your culture does affect reading performance and the way you interpret a … Read more

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Reading: Six handy tips

Are you having an IELTS test soon and looking for some quick tips and insights? Read on for six handy tips that I have come up with through the years as an IELTS trainer.

Steve Maginn, Author and IELTS trainer

IELTS Reading: Keyword synonyms

The problem Many candidates think Reading is one of the hardest modules in the IELTS test — the timing is so tight, and understanding the questions correctly while you are under pressure is no easy task. And on top of this, the examiner is constantly trying to confuse you! To perform well in the IELTS Reading test you need to develop strategies. The most important technique for matching the information in the question to the answer in the text is to think of keyword synonyms.

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong