How can I manage my time in the IELTS Reading Test?

by Hala Aldari
(Jordan)

The Reading Skill is very difficult???

And the time is not enough to cover or finish all the 3 topic ...

please advise me how to control or balance my time with the 40 questions of it ...


thanks,

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Sep 25, 2014
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How can I manage my time in the IELTS Reading Test?
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

You should make sure that you only spend 20 minutes on each reading. If you have not finished one reading you should still move on to the next (you can return to it if you have time at the end).

Also, do not spend too much time on one question. If you cannot work out the answer then guess.

Other strategies for improving your time come from knowing the tips of answering specific types of reading question. Take a look at the reading lessons for tips on answering specific question types:

IELTS Reading Lessons

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How much time can we spend on each passage in the IELTS Reading Test?

by Azutrum

Hi,

For the reading section, there are three passages that we have to read.

Are we limited to 20 min/per passage?

Or can we spend 15 one one, 25 on another and 20 on another?

thanks

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Mar 06, 2015
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IELTS Reading Test - Time Per Section
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Azutrum,

It's recommended to spend 20 minutes on each passage as there are 3 and you have 60 minutes, but you can split your time up exactly as you like. There are no rules so it is ultimately up to you.

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My reading is very bad

by shani shah
(pakistan)


hi,

Can you plz help me with my academic reading. I can't manage my time.

One hour is too short for 3 passages. The third passage always remains untouched and in this fear of time shortage the first two passages are not even rightly attempted.

True false and not given questions are really confusing. Fill in the blanks questions questions are tough too. I wanna score at least 6.5 bands in it.

How can I improve my reading score? Sometimes I can't even get what the context means. :/

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My reading is very bad
by: IELTS buddy

Really there is not much more to say to you other than that you need to keep practicing.

It sounds like you really don't fully understand the readings which means your English level is too low at the moment.

It is a slow process to improve and there are not just a few tips that you can be given to suddenly make you a great reader. It takes time and practice.

You need to make sure you improve your knowledge of vocabulary so start working through the Academic Word List.

Also check out these IELTS Reading Tips as they will point you in the general direction of how to approach your study.

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Skimming Speed

by Rana

How fast are you supposed to skim read a reading passage? I can't manage to read faster than 200 words per minute and I need to score at least 6.5.

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Sep 04, 2016
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Skimming Quickly
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Rana,

There is no specific time, everybody may be a bit different.

But of course you need to have enough time to answer the questions.

200 words a minute sounds ok. Most texts are around 600-900 words, which means you will have skimmed it in around 4 minutes.

If you are finding that is enough time to have understood the reading and start finding the answers to the questions then you should be ok.

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