Paraphrasing and synonyms in IELTS reading

Synonyms and paraphrasing exercise for IELTS reading.

Updated: September 2023

A key skill for a high score is your ability to understand paraphrasing in IELTS reading. Paraphrasing is also a crucial skill for the writing section as you need to change the wording of the task question. It is also very useful in speaking and it shows up in the reading and listening sections.

Paraphrasing is when the wording changes but the same meaning is retained. It can be done with synonyms, changing the grammatical structure and the use of set phrases.

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Useful technique for ‘True, False, Not Given’

TFNG /YNNG: Changing the statements into questions.

Updated: September 2023

True False Not Given and Yes No Not Given questions are some of the most challenging for IELTS candidates. However, there is a technique you can use to successfully answer these questions, which is to change the statement into a question.

The IELTS reading test is actually testing your vocabulary, such as your ability to understand synonyms and how paraphrasing works in a text.

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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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