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

Do you know the skills you need to raise your IELTS Reading scores?

The two most important skills you need are skimming and scanning.

You may know about skimming– your IELTS teacher probably told you to skim the passage quickly to get the gist, or main idea.

However, when you skim, do you remember what you read?

Also, you probably know about scanning for key words.

However, are you quick when you do this, and do you find what you need?

Activity to Practice Skimming, and Remembering!

This activity strengthens your comprehension, reading speed, and memory.

  1. Choose an newspaper article. We recommend the New York Times.
  2. Read the the first two lines of every paragraph.
  3. As soon as you finish, write down everything you remember. Do not look back at the article while you do this.
  4. Go back to the article and read the whole thing. Check the notes that you wrote, and see if you remembered information correctly.


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Activity to Practice Scanning

Scanning is not reading!

  1. Get a newspaper article.
  2. Scan from right to left, so you don’t read.
  3. Every time you see a name or a number, circle it, and keep scanning.
  4. For everything that you circled, read the whole sentence containing that name or number.
  5. Paraphrase the sentence.

These skills are part of our 3 Keys IELTS Reading strategies. These strategies have helped many of our students get 9’s on the IELTS Reading exam!

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