Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

You may think it’s impossible. It most certainly is not!

Recently, we have been noticing a great deal of our students in 3 Keys IELTS getting 9’s on their Reading exams. So, I thought I’d share some of their common habits with all of you, so you can aspire to such great Reading heights as well!

Follow IELTS Reading Strategies

  • You MUST follow a system. You need to learn the strategies to find all 40 answers in 60 minutes.
  • You must also TRUST the system. You can’t read too much, or think too much, or you will not find the right answers in time.
  • The IELTS Reading exam is not really a reading comprehension test. You need to employ the skills of skimming and scanning, as you do not have time to read every word of the passages.

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Practice the IELTS Reading Strategies

  • After learning the strategies, you must follow them diligently, step by step. Do not time yourself at this stage- only focus on adhering to the system and finding the answers.
  • When you feel confident in the reading strategies, you can start timing yourself. You must practice under test conditions at least 2 weeks before your IELTS exam date, so you are ready to do well on exam day.

For every IELTS candidate who nails that 9 on the Reading exam, they are doing all of the above.

I realize that it takes time- everything worthwhile does. If you have a huge challenge in front of you, such as scoring highly on the IELTS exam, you must be willing to sacrifice your free-time for 1-2 months in order to reach your goals.

Also, be aware of where you are finding the Reading strategies. Make sure that they are simple and easy to understand, as that is the only way you will be able to apply them effectively on the exam.

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