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IELTS Reading: Exam skills are critical to success

When I have a new IELTS class, the first thing I want to assess is their exam skills. So I ask them to read and complete some IELTS Reading tasks. Almost always the questions go to one side, and the candidates focus on the text and read it word by word from beginning to end. I can always see some students panicking about words they don’t know. Meanwhile the minutes are ticking away and no answers are being noted down…

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

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: Keyword synonyms

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!

Sieon Lau, Senior Editor, 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 can provide you as an IELTS trainer.

Steve Maginn, Author and IELTS trainer

IELTS Reading: A quick fix?

I often receive emails or Facebook messages from IELTS test takers saying ‘How can I improve my reading?’ or ‘I am poor at reading.’ The problem is not that these candidates need to improve their reading, but that that they need to do it quickly. You may be one of them.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish