Three time-saving tips for the IELTS Reading test
When I ask candidates about the IELTS Reading test, a common answer I get is that there isn’t enough time to read all of the texts and answer all of the questions.
So, for those of you taking an IELTS test soon, here are three tips for saving time in the IELTS Reading test (Academic or General Training).
Have a plan before you start your test
If you know exactly how you’re going to approach the IELTS Reading test before you start, you won’t waste any time in the test thinking about what to do first, second, third, etc.
If you haven’t got a plan, here are some questions to help you make one and save time in the test:
- Which text/section are you going to start with?
- How are you going to manage your time in the IELTS Reading test? How much time are you going to spend on each text/section?
- For each text, are you going to read the questions or the text first?
- When are you going to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet?
Remember which types of IELTS Reading question are in text order
If you know which IELTS Reading questions are in the same order as the information in the text, it can save you time looking for the answers. If you know, for example, that the answer to question 12 comes after the answer to question 11 in the text, you won’t waste time looking for the answer in the wrong part of the text
The following types of IELTS Reading question are always in order, i.e. the questions are in the same order as the information in the text.
- Multiple choice questions
- Matching sentence endings
- Sentence completion
- Short-answer questions
The following types of IELTS Reading questions are usually in the same order as the information in the text.
- True, False or Not Given questions
- Yes, No or Not Given questions
You can find out more about the different types of IELTS Reading question here.
Number each answer in the text when you find it
You may need to go back to an answer and read it for a second (or third) time, and this can use up valuable time in your IELTS Reading test if you can’t find the answer again quickly.
If you put the question number next to each answer in the text the first time you find it, you’ll save time if you need to find the answer again.
If you have any other tips for saving time in the IELTS Reading test, please leave a comment below.