Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Are you not getting the results you want on the IELTS Reading exam?

We’ve been doing a series on the top 5 mistakes that students make, and today we cover the Reading test.

Click these links to listen to the previous shows in this series:

Top 5 mistakes for speaking

Top 5 mistakes for writing

Top 5 mistakes for listening

So, what are the ruinous errors that IELTS candidates make every exam? Read on!

Trying to read everything

You don’t have time to read all the words and answer all 40 questions in one hour.

You must have strategies to find the answers and save time.

Reading the questions first

This is a mistake, because you don’t know the topic of the reading, and you won’t understand immediately what the questions are saying.

You must skim first to warm up your brain, then you can comprehend and think about the questions and possible answers.


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Getting stuck on unfamiliar words

Don’t waste time on words you don’t know.

If you are of an intermediate level or higher, you know enough vocabulary to find the answers. IELTS won’t hide answers in advanced vocabulary.

Spending too long looking for an answer

Do not spend more than a minute looking for an answer.

Just skip it and continue with next questions, and you will probably find the one you missed as you continue!

Not having Reading strategies

It is impossible to pass this test unless you have clear, simple strategies.

Many students in our course are getting 9’s on the Reading exam, because they know our system and have practiced our 3 Keys strategies.

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