Reading Tips

You will need to read quickly and efficiently, and manage your time

It is essential that you write your answers on the answer sheet. Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.

  • make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully
  • look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, figures, graphs and tables
  • pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text
  • check your spelling and be careful to use singular and plural correctly
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose
  • check your answers

Following 10 Reading Tips are most frequently use

Skim over and watch for the answers

Skimming refers to looking only for the main ideas. You don't need to read attentively every word. Remember, you just need to answer the questions, nothing more. So skim over the text and then start looking for the answers.

Watch your time

Watch your time

Don’t forget you have only 60 minutes to read three texts and answer 40 questions. You won’t get additional time for filling your answer sheet, so make sure manage your time properly.

Is your spelling correct?

heck your spelling before writing your answer on the answer blank. You will get zero points for the answer if it's spelled incorrectly.

Keep the order

Remember that the questions follow the order of the text in most cases. So the answer to question 5 will come after the answer to question 4 and so on.



When you skim over the text, underline the most important phrases. It will help you to save some time when you will search for answers.

Unfamiliar vocabulary? That's OK!

Do not worry if the text seems unfamiliar to you or you don’t know some words. Every answer can be found in the text, you don’t need any additional knowledge to succeed.

Pay attention to the details

Pay attention to the details

Look thoroughly through the text. Any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables are likely to matter.

No blank boxes

Answer all the questions, even if you’re not sure in your answer. You don't get penalty for wrong answers, so try your luck and write the most probable anwer.

Cross out the wrong answers

Cross out the wrong answers

If you saw answer that you're sure is wrong, cross it out. This way you won't get confused and save your time.

Choose your own technique

It may sound strange at first, but... There is no ultimate advice which technique fits you the best. You should choose yourself how to search for right answers and what to do first: read questions or text. A lot successful candidates prefer to read the text first, and only then answer the questions. But some say it's better to do the other way. Practise doing IELTS Reading samples to determine which technique fits you more.

These IELTS Reading tips and you will definitely increase your score. But also don't forget that reading practice is crucial for success on IELTS Reading. So here are some useful resources for you: