Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out the three methods of scanning to use on the IELTS Reading Exam.

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One part of the 3 Keys Reading strategies is scanning.

Scanning is not reading– it is letting your eyes drift over the words because you are looking for something specific, like a name, or perhaps a synonym for the word ‘large’, for instance.

However, there are 3 different methods you can employ for scanning. You should try them all out and see what works best for you.

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3 Ways to Scan

1. Use your pencil/finger to follow under each line of text from left to right, and your eyes follow.

2. Use your pencil/finger to follow under each line, but go back and forth- left to right, then right to left, etc.

3. Move your pencil/finger just down the middle of the text, letting your eyes drift from side to side around it.

Remember, a key part to getting the answers correct in IELTS Listening and Reading is being active, and these scanning methods help you to do that.

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