Reading Strategies: Matching Headings
Jun15

Reading Strategies: Matching Headings

In the IELTS Reading exam, one really common type of question is matching a heading to a particular paragraph. The reason for this is that finding the main idea in a paragraph is one of the most important reading skills. Students need to be able to identify the main idea and match it to a suitable heading. Below, I’ll explain an important strategy for achieving this.   Skim the article You don’t have to read every...

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Sentence Completion Tips for IELTS Reading
May13

Sentence Completion Tips for IELTS Reading

In the IELTS Reading Exam, you will likely be required to do some sentence completion questions. They will look something like this: Some governments feel that it is not wise to focus on a country’s ______________. Pay attention to the question. It might say that you should use “no more than two words,” in which case you may only use one or two words to fill in the blank. Otherwise, it might say “no more than...

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Modifiers and Intensifiers for Reading Skills
May10

Modifiers and Intensifiers for Reading Skills

Modifiers and intensifiers are important in English and you need to have a good grasp of them to read, write, speak, or listen well. But how can we learn them and what is their importance for the IELTS Reading Exam? Modifiers and intensifiers are often used with adjectives to give a slight change in meaning. This can, for example, make the statement more precise or give the author’s opinion. In the IELTS Reading Exam, this is...

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5 Tricks to Boost Your IELTS Reading Speed
May03

5 Tricks to Boost Your IELTS Reading Speed

The IELTS Reading Exam is difficult for a few different reasons, but perhaps the most obvious is the time limit. With only an hour to answer all those questions on three different reading passages, it really is a challenge. So how do you succeed? Is there a quick fix? No, sadly there are no easy ways to pass the IELTS Reading Exam. However, there are some different approaches you can consider. 1. Questions First Some people like to...

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IELTS Reading Practice: Food Article
Apr04

IELTS Reading Practice: Food Article

I recently read a fascinating article in The Economist, which made me think of the IELTS Reading Exam. The style of the article was reminiscent of IELTS Reading Exam texts, and so I thought I’d put together a few questions for my readers to practice. Below, I have listed five questions to test some of your IELTS Reading Exam skills. The first question requires you to read very quickly and tell the overall idea of the article, aka “the...

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IELTS Reading Overview
Mar17

IELTS Reading Overview

I made this short PPT that gives a brief introduction to the IELTS reading exam, as well as some useful hints and tips for IELTS success. Overview of the IELTS Reading Exam from David...

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