IELTS READING GUIDE

Resources to Help you Prepare for the IELTS Reading Test

Learn IELTS reading preparation tips, reading exam information, and much more. These guides contain everything you need to know for a high IELTS reading score.

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IELTS Reading Guide Glossary

IELTS Reading Short Answer Question Type

In your IELTS preparation, you’ll need to practice a total of 11 IELTS reading question types. In this article, we’ll look at the Short Answer IELTS reading question type in detail and provide you IELTS reading exam tips on how you can successfully answer it.

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IELTS Reading Diagram Label Completion Question Type

In your IELTS preparation, you’ll need to practice a total of 11 IELTS reading question types. In this article, we’ll look at the Diagram Label Completion IELTS reading question type in detail and provide you IELTS reading exam tips on how you can successfully answer it.

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IELTS Reading True/False/Not Given Question Type

Out of the 11 IELTS reading question types, one of the most difficult to answer is likely the Identify Information question type. Also known as “TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN” questions, these questions will require you to decide whether some statements made about the reading are TRUE, not true (FALSE), or not possible to answer from the information (NOT GIVEN). To answer these IELTS reading questions successfully, you’ll need to get plenty of practice, as well as learn some tips about how to avoid time-wasting mistakes students sometimes make.

This article will help prepare you for the IELTS Identify Information reading question type, and give you some examples of strategies to succeed, as well as missteps to stay away from. You’ll then get a chance to practice with an example of an Identify Information question.

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IELTS Reading Matching Feature Question Type

While preparing for the IELTS, you’ll need get familiar with each of the different 11 reading question types. One type is the Match Feature question. For Match Feature questions, you’ll read a passage. At the end, you’ll need to look at a list of options, then match each of those options to another list of statements based on the reading. Knowing more about the IELTS Match Feature questions allows you to learn exactly how to approach them when reading, as well as things to watch out for.

This article prepares you to deal with IELTS Match Feature questions by teaching you how to identify them and avoid common mistakes some students make. In addition, you’ll get some tips on how to better answer Match questions, and finally a chance to practice one yourself.

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IELTS Reading Matching Heading Question Type

Of the 11 IELTS reading question types you’ll need to prepare for, the Match Heading question type is probably one of the easier ones. To answer Match Heading reading questions, you’ll need to be able to correctly match between 5-7 headings, or short summary sentences, to their correct paragraphs. When taking the IELTS, there are few strategies you can use to help you save time on these types of reading questions to use for other questions.

To learn how to recognize IELTS Match Heading reading questions, as well as find out more tips to save time on these questions, you can take a look at this helpful article. Here, you’ll also get a chance to learn about common mistakes, and then get some experience with a Match Heading IELTS reading practice question.

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What to do if you encounter unknown words on IELTS

An essential and often overlooked academic reading skill is to guess the meanings of words from the context. When you are doing the IELTS reading test, you will encounter words you don’t understand. Since it is a test, you are not allowed to use a dictionary to look up those words. In this scenario, you do not want to let these words stop you from understanding the rest of the passages, which is where being able to guess the meaning of a word based on the context it is used in comes into play. Guessing meaning from context in the IELTS exam is an important technique that will improve your reading skills.

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