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

Today you’ll learn which reading questions you should do first on IELTS.

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I had a great reading question from a YouTube subscriber recently:

“Do you recommend answering specific types of reading questions first before going to other ones which are more difficult?”

For the most part, no! You can’t game the system on IELTS.

The best advice is to just follow the directions and do the questions in the order they are given.

If you haven’t prepared well for the exam, nothing will save you! There’s no magic shortcut you can take on test day that will change your scores.



Trying to second guess the test, doing questions out of order, will not save time, and can even get confusing.

You might end up writing the answers in the wrong place on your answer sheet as well.

Having said that, one question type you should save for last. That’s ‘Finding Information in Paragraphs’.


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This is one of the hardest question types because it requires you to read the most.

Thus, if you save it for last, you will already have read much of the passage, and will better be able to ‘guess’ where the information is located.

Also, ‘Matching Headings to Paragraphs’ is the only question type that comes before the passage. Still, follow the 3 Keys strategies– go straight to the passage and skim for one minute before looking at the first group of questions.

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