Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, we are going to talk about the reading module of the IELTS.
I'm going to tell you some of my top IELTS reading tips. So let's get started.
During the reading module of the IELTS, there will be three passages that you read, and for each passage, there are a bunch of questions you have to answer.
The first tip I have for you is: don't spend too much time reading the passages.
What happens to a lot of students is they read word-for-word everything.
They see a word they don't know, they keep trying to understand the meaning.
You don't have to understand everything to understand the passage. If you don't know a word, that's fine.
The better thing to do than to slowly read, is to use skills such as skimming, which means you quickly read for the main idea, or scanning, meaning you look for key words or you look for specific detail.
A lot of students, what they do for the IELTS is they actually will read the questions first, and then they will read the passage. And that way, they... they know what they're looking for.
You don't have to do this, it's one technique. Some students find this a lot easier, other students like to read the passage first and then answer the questions.
I recommend trying both out. First do the reading, then the questions, then try to read the questions first and read the passage and see what you like better, what you're more comfortable doing.
So the key thing here is: don't read slowly.
It's a timed test, you have three parts, you have to get through 40 questions; it's very important that you read quickly.
You can start practicing reading quickly also. There are a number of resources out there where you can actually start practicing.
And time yourself when you practice, make sure you're not going over time.