Make sure you listen to the invigilator’s instructions and read the instructions on the question paper carefully.
1. I’m going to say it again! Listen carefully to the invigilator’s instructions. He/She will tell you how to fill out the answer sheet.
2. When you have been given the question paper, you should read the instructions on the front but DO NOT open it. If you open your question paper before you are told to do so, it may be considered as cheating. Check that you have been given the correct paper; Academic or General Training.
3. Unlike the listening test, in the reading test, you are NOT given time at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. You must do it as you go along. I suggest you transfer each reading test answer as you go; don’t wait until the end. You need to manage your time well in the IELTS Reading Test and it would be terrible to lose marks just because you didn’t have time to transfer your answers at the end.
4. Read all the questions for a section before you read the text. If you know what the questions are before reading the text, it will be much easier and quicker to answer them. Remember that sometimes there are questions before the text, sometimes after and sometimes before and after.
5. When you are transferring your answers, make sure you transfer them to the correct number on the answer sheet. Check your spelling and write clearly.
6. Transfer all the questions you have answered first and then use the remaining time to review the questions you didn’t answer/weren’t sure of.
7. Once you’ve transferred all the answers you are sure of, you’re now left with time to review the others. I highly recommend that if you don’t know the answer to a question, you make an intelligent guess. Don’t leave it blank; if you leave it blank, it’s definitely wrong. I also recommend that you review the texts in order as they get progressively more difficult throughout the test. Deal with the easier questions first.
8. When you hear the instruction to stop writing, make sure you do so. If you don’t stop writing when told to do so, it may be considered as cheating.
Some of these tips really are just common sense but when we’re under pressure, we often forget our common sense. Keep these tips in mind to help ensure your success in the IELTS Reading Test.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!