For some, IELTS reading is fun. For majority, it is the nightmare. Still there are techniques those surely help to score high in IELTS reading.
The reading module of the IELTS test requires answering just 40 questions. There is obviously no short-cut to score really high in IELTS Reading without a truly good understanding of English. However, surely there are time saving techniques those can enhance the comprehension level of any non-native English user up to a certain level and thus leads to a better IELTS score.
Enriching Vocabulary Surely Has Its Pay Back:
Learning new words must be the most painstaking endeavor towards acquiring any new language. Expanding the vocabulary is never a short-cut; rather it must be considered a long term venture. Most of the questions in IELTS Reading require the examinee to find out the same information in the reading passage. Yet, the particular information that is asked to be looked for is disguised with only two different masks namely synonym or antonym and paraphrase. To make it clear, as synonyms are the exact equivalent of any particular word, paraphrased version of any sentence serves the same purpose for any sentence as a synonym of a word is a different word than any particular word but has the same meaning. So, if put in a more straight-forward manner, IELTS Reading is just a puzzle solving game of synonyms and paraphrases. Moreover, a rich English vocabulary is also a life long investment for any non-native learner.
If There Is a Long Sentence, Brief Yet Meaningful Chunks Must Be Found Within:
The idea of chunks of meaningful fractions within a sentence is borrowed from the concept of ‘Speed Reading’ by Tony Buzan. Reading passages in the IELTS Reading module are full of very long sentences those simply perplex any non-native English user. It is close to impossible to grasp the complete meaning at a glace. Rather, it would be helpful if a group of meaningful words are taken at a time. When the meaning of the first group is clear, then proceed to the second group. Now combine the meaning of both the groups and move to the consecutive groups. This process might be a bit time consuming but as the overall comprehension is concerned, accuracy is more important than speed.
Common Sense Does Matter in IELTS Reading:
However, it does not mean that questions in IELTS Reading can be answered only by common sense. As there are so many questions those require a somber reasoning capability, common sense is sure to play a vital role. To be more specific, only locating the exact information in the respective reading passage is not sufficient. Especially for questions those require justification of some cause and effect relationships, ability to think step by step would enhance the chance towards greater accuracy.
Still, the technique that requires no explanation is that understanding questions, 40 in case of IELTS Reading, is one-third of the test. Because, when searching for something lost, to know what is lost is obviously the foremost.