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How to Score High on the IELTS Academic Reading Test

January 2017

IELTS i.e. International English Language Testing System is a standardized English proficiency test that assesses English Language skills in the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP- Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL EXAMINATIONS.

The IELTS has two types of modules - Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who wish to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for candidates who wish to pursue vocational studies or plan to immigrate.

There are different types of questions in the Reading test, and these test a range of reading skills that you will need for study purposes. You will be expected to find detailed or factual information, identify views, arguments and claims in addition to identifying the overall idea of the passage.

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Look at the questions before you start reading the text

Go through your questions before you begin reading, so you know what to be on the lookout for. When reading, ensure that you remember where certain information in the passage lies, this will help save time.

Solve more reading tests

This is the best way to prepare for the exam and will help you with the type of questions that you face a problem with. Practice will help you better prepare for each type of question. Solving practice tests will help you divide your time, so you won't have to worry about working against time.

Read the instructions carefully

Before you begin a particular task, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Most of the reading tasks that appear on the test will be similar to what you have been practicing. Make sure you don't go over the word limit as particular questions will require you to answer the question in just one word or two.


This is a great way to understand the main ideas of a text, and find key words easily. By scanning, you will be looking out for information that you will need to read in more detail. You should also be on the lookout for footnotes, key words and numbers in figures.

Speed Reading

The more you read, the quicker you will get at reading. It is a good idea to read texts and articles that are like the IELTS texts in terms of length and complexity. Speed reading is not just about fast reading, but on how much information you can remember when you have finished reading.

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"IELTS has always been one of the core exams when it comes to going overseas either for academic purposes or even for work/migration and it is always a scary thought of achieving the desired hand score. Edwise has always been acting as a strong catalyst in training students for the IELTS exam. Edwise looks for every volume and expert knowledge of trainers it with no exception becomes the most liable choice as a student for IELTS coaching."
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"I am very thankful to Edwise for helping me score an 8.0 band in my IELTS. I joined the IELTS classes with a lot of apprehensions. But from the first class itself I felt extremely comfortable. The faculty here has provided me with personal training and this has helped me clear my examination with flying colors. I would once again like to thank the entire staff of Edwise who helped my dream come true."
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Also read: Tips To Prepare For IELTS Exams


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