A Powerful Tactic to Answer IELTS Reading Questions Quickly

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

IELTS reading part is the most difficult one for most of the candidate.

There are several tips and tricks available in the when and printed books. But, at what extent it can help the IELTS candidate is a matter of big Question.

So, lets assume instructing candidates is not a BIG DEAL. What really matters is how to solve each 40 question in the reading section within limited time frame.

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I am going to guide you solve the IELTS Reading practice test 7-2 sequentially so that you can learn practically how to solve the Reading passage.

First open the passage in a different tab or window in your browser and follow read through the rest of post very carefully.

Now, Just look below the first passage of the paragraph and highlighted parts.

Applying human intelligence tests to animals has been largely discredited, as these are designed to measure human intelligence. Even time-honored tests like putting rats into mazes can be deceptive, since such tests assume the animals will rely on the same senses as we do. A rat’s primary sense organ is its nose, not its eyes. Give a rat a maze of smells, not just visible walls, and it can solve it as fast as a human can.

The paragraph says something about human intelligence. And the last sentence says something about Rats.

You have to make a mind map about each paragraph by reading the first and last sentence like this.

You need to spent 3 minutes to make a mind map on each 3 passage of IELTS reading section .


To answer this question, lets solve the first question of the passage which is as below

Questions 14–18

Complete the table below using information from the text. Write the correct letter, A-H, in boxes 14-18 on your answer sheet.

  • Rats 14…………..
  • Dolphins 15………
  • Monkeys and apes 16………
  • Sheep 17…………
  • All animals 18…………..

(A) can collaborate with each other
(B) can give instructions to other animals
(C) transfer knowledge to their offspring
(D) can recognize many different human faces
(E) use many of the same strategies as humans in their dealings with each other.
(F) solve problems in their daily lives
(G) can create images
(H) can solve certain puzzles very quickly

The first question is  Rats 14………….. where we need to fill the gap that matches the sentences from A to H.

From the previous mind map , we already know the first passage gives information about RATS.

So, scan through the first passage and we find “Give a rat a maze of smells, not just visible walls, and it can solve it as fast as a human can”.

That means a rat can solve the puzzle (synonym: maze) very quickly (as fast as). So, the answer is H.

But, for some questions like  Dolphins 15……… finding answer can be more tedious as four paragraphs in the passage contains information about Dolphins.

So, skip this question would be wiser, we can definitely come back to solve it while we can get time after solving easy questions.

So, after skipping Dolphins related question we come to  Monkeys and apes 16……… question.

The first paragraph before last one represents information about Monkeys and apes where it says Chimps can “perform surprisingly complex sequences of actions….............the ability to plan things in their minds before starting the task” which are very human like behavior.

So, the answer is E (use many of the same strategies as humans in their dealings with each other).

In this way we can solve the 17 and 18 for Sheep and all animals. Let`s show you how this MIND MAP can help you to solve problems for the next questions which is Yes/No/Not Given related.

The first question is “19. Human intelligence tests are inappropriate for animals.”

The first line of fist paragraph says something about Human intelegence and it says “Applying human intelligence tests to animals has been largely discredited, as these are designed to measure human intelligence.”

So, it is TRUE (YES) that human intelligence tests are inappropriate (discredited) for animals.

Are we clear now how establishing a mind map before solving questions can be helpful.

It can not only save your time but also brings relief to candidates’ headache about answering correctly with ease.

The another beauty of IELTS reading test is that the answer comes sequentially. That means if we find the answer of question 19 in fist passage, we will find the answer of question 20 down to the first passage.

ielts reading answer sequentially

For example, the question 20. In some cases, animal abilities can be considered superior to human abilities.

This is a question based on inference. From the last sentence of first paragraph we find “Give a rat a maze of smells, not just visible walls, and it can solve it as fast as a human can.”

So, if a Rat can solve the maze of smells, then it is certainly TRUE (YES) that in some case animal abilities are superior to human.

Now, come to the next question 21. Animals learn to recognize images more slowly than humans.

Coming down to first paragraph, we can find information about “images” in the third paragraph which is below the first paragraph.

Now, it may be clear to what I mean by “answer comes sequentially”.

In the third paragraph it says “What seems to differentiate humans……. the ability to create new ideas and images……...”.

This line does not give any comparative view of recognizing images between humans and animals by stating that animals can recognize images more slowly.

So, the answer to the question 21 is NOT GIVEN.


IELTS reading could be hack of a easy section for candidate if they know how to find answers smartly.

But knowing those techniques are not sufficient enough to make big band score. You need to know how to apply them appropriately.

To do this, one need to practice as much as IELTS reading passages as they can before registering for the real IELTS exam.

Sufficient practice by following useful tactics is key to success in this section of IELTS exam.


  1. Hey I've given ielts 4 times but I didn't score well in reading so how can I improve my reading

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