Main Skills in Demand for IELTS Reading Section

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The purpose of IELTS reading test is to assess your ability to quickly identify relative topics in the essay which is very crucial in academic environment where a student have to go though thousands of reference materials for each subjects.

skills for IELTS reading section

There is no other reason why people should read so thoroughly for example reading for entertainment. So, get this fact before you read any IELTS reading task passage that you are not reading for knowledge improvements or amusement rather than reading technically by focusing on questions only.

Throughout the one-hour assignment, there are three readings, of steadily expanding difficulty level, with what added up to roughly 40 questions with approximately 13 questions on each (The number changes from exam to exam).

The task rewire to concentrate on question specific inquiries that doesn't necessarily demand seed reading but quick reading.

Four reading skills are incorporated in the IELTS reading:

  1. Read the instructions carefully:  Candidates need to look what the question ask to write for example instruction of not writing more than 3 words. However, there are eight broad categories of questions which the candidates need to be familiarize by practicing before the exam so that they can make themselves comfortable during test period of one hour.
  2. Get the overall meaning: Students do not require understand the deeper meaning of the passages. They just need to learn the overall meaning. Some passages may based upon expert ideas but can be understood at general level by every types of readers. For example, the readers may be from non-scientific background, but they can get the reason behind high tide and low tide in rivers for the gravitational force of moon.
  3. Finding related points in the passage: Each argument or idea in the passage is supported by sentences around it. The question is focused on those main ideas and examinee need to identify supporting points to answer some questions. Understanding the morphology of English essay writing like introduction-detailing-conclusion is crucial in IELTS reading test as the reader must discover how the ideas are connected in the essay.
  4. Avoid test takers trap: Some question in True/False/Not Given type are just follow same sequence of words as in the reading passage so that the candidates thinks those as true statement. But, most often those statements are joint with extreme words like “most of the” “all” etc which makes them false statement or can be tagged as not given.
  5. Look what lies beneath: Several passages start with supporting a main topic but ends with completely different argument. So, candidates need to grasp the main idea of the passage. For example, passages can be toned as positive or negative approach on a point of view, irony of disagreement., fact finding or simple describing something. Understanding writers point of view question can be answered in this way. But, remember it is the most difficult type of question in IELTS reading section as you will not find the writers point in any sentence of the passage rather it would be the gist of whole passage. Vast reading habit is demanded to acquire that reading insight. So, read as many passages as possible before the exam.
So, it is needless to say that reading task in IELTS can be the most easy part for many candidates who have extensive reading experience. For others it is a life-long skills to be achieved yet.