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IELTS Reading

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One  of  the  toughest  yet  scoring  sections  of  IELTS  is  IELTS  Reading  which  is  basically  an  assessment  of  the  individual’s  ability  to  infer  particular  answers  on  the  basis  of  reading  the  whole  passage.  In  order  to  get  an  overall  band  of  7  or  above,  scoring  a  good  band  in  IELTS  reading  is  definitely  required  because  it  totally  depends  upon  an  individual’s  understanding  and  the  extent  of  practice  done  by  him  or  her.  There  is  some  difference  in  pattern  of  IELTS  Reading  which  would  be  discussed  further. Get in touch with IELTS Reading Classes in Chandigarh, IELTS Reading Training Chandigarh, Best IELTS Reading Centre Chandigarh – CambridgeIELTS.


Ielts Reading


If  we  have  a look  at the  IELTS  Reading  for  Academic  section, then  the  pattern  is  as  follows:-

  1. The test consists of three passages in total, the context of which is related to some newspapers, generals, notices or magazines. The number of questions asked in this section are 40, each carrying one mark. Total time allotted for this section is 60 minutes and the candidates are required to write answers directly on the answer sheet unlike that of listening test where candidates are given a booklet first of all.
  2. The examiner checks the ability of the test taker to infer the main idea given in the passage as well as the details and gist of it, i.e. thorough reading. Apart from this, analyzing the logical reason behind an argument and recognition of the writer’s point of view is what is checked through this section.
  3. The candidate needs to be fully concentrated in order to infer maximum meaning of a particular passage in one reading so that he or she can save time for other passages too. Generally, it is advisable to keep 20 minutes for first 2 attempted passages and 15 minutes for the one attempted at last. The left 5 minutes should be utilized to check the errors in spellings or writing if any.

As  far  as  IELTS  General  Training  is  concerned,  the  number  of  passages,  questions and  marks  remain  the  same  where  as  the  context  of  passages  is  a  bit  different  as  compared  to  the  academic  one.

  1. The passages in this section generally deal with some daily issues in an English speaking country. They are taken from some advertisements, booklets, official documents , instruction manuals , magazines etc. and no one can question their authenticity.
  2. Section 1 generally consists of 2-3 factual texts e.g. An advertisement. Section two mainly focuses on jobs and work environment , staff and pay deals in foreign counties. The last and the final section is the most difficult of the three and hence requires more effort and concentration.
  3. At times, it is advisable to start your test by attempting the last passage and moving in a reverse order so that more time can be devoted to that section. There is a huge variety in the type of questions asked in reading section of both academic and general training.
  4. Firstly, they might range from multiple choice questions to short answer type questions for which detailed reading and understanding is required. Secondly, there are some questions in which a sentence is to be completed, students find such questions easy to attempt as a direct mention of the topic is given in the text. Thirdly, questions related to table completion or flow chart completion along with labelling a diagram are also asked . There are two other types of questions which prove to be a real puzzle for the students. They are ‘choosing a heading for the paragraph’ and ‘identification of information by writing- true, false and not given’. While choosing a heading, students generally get confused because for some paragraphs, two answers appear to be correct and that dilemma of choosing one between the two under time pressure often leads to marking wrong response.
  5. Finally, identification of information is another area of confusion because children often get confused to mark a response as ‘NO’ or ‘NOT GIVEN’. With a focused attention and complete understanding, it is possible to get complete 9 bands in IELTS Reading section because of it being an objective test.

Candidates  should  try  to  solve  those  passages  first  in which  questions  related  to  their  weak  points  like  identification  or  heading  are  asked. The  brain  is  fresh  at  the  start  and  hence  focus  is  better  which would  ultimately  reduce  chances  of  mistakes.


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