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

Today let’s talk about our IELTS Reading test strategy.

On this Reading test you need three skills.

These are skills that you already know how to do.

You just need to transfer them into the test and then you need to spend time practicing and getting familiar with how to use them on the test.

Skill 1: Skim

When you skim you get the main idea or the “gist” of the passage. You might skim a newspaper article to get the basic idea.

Skill 2: Scan

You look for specific information. You might do this when you look for information on a website or if you are looking at a movie schedule in the newspaper.

Skill 3: Reading for detail

When you read for detail you are reading slowly. You read every word. You would do this when you read a novel, textbook, or comic book. You do this after you scan and find the key word and then you start reading for detail to find the answer.

Remember, it’s not enough just to know that these are the 3 steps. You must know how to use them on the test and you must spend your time practicing these 3 skills. We show you how to do this in our 3 Keys IELTS Success System course.

Do you have any questions about the Reading test?

Please let us know in the comments below.

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