Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn the truth about skimming strategies for IELTS Reading.

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How do you know who to trust?

If you do an internet search for IELTS Reading tips, you’ll get thousands of results.

The fact is, there is a lot of really bad IELTS advice out there, from teachers who do not know this unique exam.

Make sure the teachers you are learning from specialize in the IELTS exam!

Beware of bad IELTS information online

Recently, we heard some bad advice on another podcast about IELTS.

The teacher told listeners to spend 3 to 5 minutes skimming, before looking at the questions.

There are two main reasons why this advice will not help your Reading score.

  • First, it’s too vague.

Doing well on the IELTS Reading exam comes down to simple, clear strategies.

Those strategies must involve controlling your time very strictly.

That’s the next reason why this advice will not help you.

  • It’s much too long!

If you spend that long skimming each passage, you will not have time to answer all 40 questions in the one hour allowed.

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How long should you skim the Reading passages?

Our advice is to spend just one minute skimming the passage before you look at the questions.

Then, you’ll spend about a minute looking for each answer.

If you can’t find the answer in that one minute, skip it and come back later if you have time.

Why should you skim?

Another piece of poor advice we’ve seen from other IELTS tutors is to skip skimming altogether, and just look immediately at the questions.

Again, this is not an effective strategy.

You must warm up your brain before you look at the questions, so you know what they’re about.

The purpose of skimming is simply to get the gist, or main idea, of the passage, and get an overall understanding of how the information is organized.

Then, when you look at the questions, you know what they’re talking about.

If you skip skimming and look directly at the questions, you’ll have to read them a few times to even understand what they’re about.

This wastes time!


Our 3 Keys’ student Pawan used our time-saving, straightforward strategies, and she got a 9 on Reading!

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