IELTS Reading Tips

Time Management- IELTS Reading Exam

time management Tips On IELTS Reading 

Are you struggling to:

  • to manage time in your reading sections?
  • finish reading all sections?
  • identify your answers accurately?

in just 60 minutes?
…when you’re already exhausted from worrying about the other modules of the Test? Well, Worry no more because we are here to give you time management tips for the much-dreaded IELTS Reading exam.

There is a reason why the second section is Reading. The exam is designed in a manner that increases the skill load gradually. If you know the tips for time management then the Reading exam facilitates the assessment of your results. There are a few tips that can help you save time in the exam.

Identify the main topic of the sections
Identifying the main topic is tricky but there is an advantage. If you are able to identify the main topic of the sections, you are more likely to find the answers easily as you will be able to spot answers easily.

Read The Questions First
A lot of people start reading the passage right away; however, this is actually the wrong thing to do. You should always go to the questions first. Read the first question, underline keywords that will help you find the answer in the text, and only then start reading the passage.

Write the answers on the answer sheet rather than the practice sheets
Writing the answer on the answer sheet helps you save time as you can focus more on reading than transferring the answer. There is no extra time for transferring the answer.

Time your reading
Managing time is one of the most important skills for IELTS test-takers, so choose reading passages of between 700 to 1000 words, then give yourself 20 minutes to write down some of the keywords and the main idea, before summarizing what you read.
Underline any specific terms, keywords, the main point of the question asked.
It will help you save time and improve your accuracy.

Pay more attention to synonym
In most cases, if you pay close attention to the synonyms and the pronunciation of the words, you will find your answers more easily.

Don’t overthink an answer
Overthinking an answer can lead to time wastage as well as distract you from concentrating on the next question.

Don’t zone out during Reading
Most candidates often zone out or get lost in thinking and lose their train of thought along with the time and marks.

Allocate your time wisely
You must divide your time equally. In the actual test, you have 60 minutes to do three readings and, unlike the listening test, you don’t have 10 minutes to transfer your answers at the end. So spend only 20 minutes on each one and transfer your answers to the answer sheet in the 20 minutes too.

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