“How do I get a high band in IELTS academic reading?” , this is the common question that every student out there is trying to find out the answer. How about you? Have you ever asked yourself or others this question?

There is no secret or magical method that may help you do it just in a second. I mean, you cannot achieve your dream band score without time and effort. So keep calm and make it real step by step.

These are some advice that you can apply!

First and foremost, you MUST read information about the format of the exam. You cannot perform well in any sectors if you do not know clearly requirements or expectations.

So how can we know? Just read the format? Is it enough?

The answer is NO!

You should do couple of practice tests as well.

You can print them out and follow the guidance step by step. At this phrase, you should not limit your time. Take it easy!

Do it on your own or try these steps:

  • Take a quick look at the text (not the questions yet) for a few seconds to define:

+ where it begins and ends,

+ what the topic is,

+ and what the structure is (e.g. “There are 5 paragraphs or 4 paragraphs; which one is far longer than the other paragraphs.”)

  • Normally, each paragraph in every Reading text used in IELTS contains a “topic sentence”. This is the sentence which shows what the paragraph is about. It’s usually the 1st or 2nd sentence of its paragraph. Find and underline the topic sentence in each paragraph.
  • Look at the text again very quickly and circle key content words relating to the topic of the text.
  • Look at the questions (for the 1st time) and predict quickly the paragraphs that the answer are located in, perhaps writing the question numbers next to the paragraphs. Remember that the questions and answers are normally in the same order.
  • Now try to answer the questions on the question paper, skipping over difficult ones.
  • Perhaps review your answers briefly, looking again (not for too long!) at any that you have skipped.
  • Transfer all answers that you are happy with over to the answer paper (if you do Paper-based IELTS)
  • Quickly guess the other answers if there are any that you still haven’t decided, and transfer these to the answer paper too. (You can go back to these if you have time to spare after you have tackled all 3 texts.)
  • Check the answers and find out how many types of questions in ielts reading or why you did the mistakes.

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