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

Today you’ll get a sample New York Times IELTS study plan for weekly test preparation.

We’ve mentioned before that reading the newspaper, especially a high-level one such as the New York Times, is a must in IELTS preparation.

You may think this is mainly to improve your reading comprehension, but that’s only one of the benefits.

The chief gain in reading the newspaper is to add to your ideas for Speaking and Writing, and, additionally, to enlarge your vocabulary.

When I went to the homepage of the Times this week,, there were 17 sections listed at the top.


Your goal is to read an article from a different section each time you visit the page.



Keep in mind, though, that the New York Times only allows you to read 10 free articles per month, so, when those run out, you can switch to reading The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Sample IELTS Newspaper Study Plan:

Monday: Science section, Barbra Streisand Cloned Dog, For $50,000 You Can Clone Yours (IELTS topics: science, future, technology, celebrities)


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Wednesday: Travel section, How to Travel with Children (IELTS topics: parenting, family, travel)

Friday: Opinion section, Our Newest Culture Warriors: Activist C.E.O.s (IELTS topics: opinion, government, culture, business)

Remember, though, to pass the IELTS Reading Exam, you not only need to understand what you read, but, mostly, you need time-saving reading strategies, such as those in our course!

What was the last newspaper article you read?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!


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