IELTS reading: 10 strategies for a high score

ielts reading tipsIs IELTS reading driving you crazy?

Updated:  September 2023

Did you know that the IELTS reading test is not really about reading? It’s a vocabulary test that tests your knowledge of paraphrasing, synonyms, collocations, and specific set phrases.

That’s why you should work on your vocabulary long before you take the IELTS exam. However, this takes time and there are no shortcuts so make sure you have realistic goals and expectations.

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IELTS Reading: summary completion lesson

7 tips and an exercise for summary completion (gap fills)

Updated:  September 2023

In IELTS reading, the summary completion tasks are gap fill exercises and these are a summary of the text. It could be about 4 to 6 sentences or it could be a whole paragraph. In this case, you need to either choose the correct word from a list, or there may not be a choice of words so you have to decide what words match.

There are 2 types of summary completion tasks in IELTS. In most cases, the answers are in order in the passage. Understanding paraphrasing and how to spot synonyms are key skills that need to be developed here, not just in summary completion tasks but for IELTS reading overall.

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IELTS reading: matching headings lesson

matching headings ieltsIELTS Reading: Matching headings tips, paraphrasing, and an exercise.

Updated: September 2023.

In the IELTS reading section, there are many types of tasks and you will get 3 different types of reading tasks to answer in this section of the exam.

One of the most challenging for many students is the ‘matching headings’  questions. For this task, you need to match headings to the paragraphs and there are always more headings than you need.

The ‘matching headings’ task tests your ability to understand the difference between the main idea and a supporting point. Matching heading questions can be quite challenging so practice this as much as possible using mock tests from the Cambridge IELTS books.

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