One of the toughest yet scoring sections of IELTS is IELTS Reading which is basically an assessment of the individual’s ability to infer particular answers on the basis of reading the whole passage. In order to get an overall band of 7 or above, scoring a good band in IELTS reading is definitely required because it totally depends upon an individual’s understanding and the extent of practice done by him or her. There is some difference in pattern of IELTS Reading which would be discussed further. Get in touch with IELTS Reading Classes in Chandigarh, IELTS Reading Training Chandigarh, Best IELTS Reading Centre Chandigarh – CambridgeIELTS.
If we have a look at the IELTS Reading for Academic section, then the pattern is as follows:-
The test consists of three passages in total, the context of which is related to some newspapers, generals, notices or magazines. The number of questions asked in this section are 40, each carrying one mark. Total time allotted for this section is 60 minutes and the candidates are required to write answers directly on the answer sheet unlike that of listening test where candidates are given a booklet first of all.
The examiner checks the ability of the test taker to infer the main idea given in the passage as well as the details and gist of it, i.e. thorough reading. Apart from this, analyzing the logical reason behind an argument and recognition of the writer’s point of view is what is checked through this section.
The candidate needs to be fully concentrated in order to infer maximum meaning of a particular passage in one reading so that he or she can save time for other passages too. Generally, it is advisable to keep 20 minutes for first 2 attempted passages and 15 minutes for the one attempted at last. The left 5 minutes should be utilized to check the errors in spellings or writing if any.
As far as IELTS General Training is concerned, the number of passages, questions and marks remain the same where as the context of passages is a bit different as compared to the academic one.
The passages in this section generally deal with some daily issues in an English speaking country. They are taken from some advertisements, booklets, official documents , instruction manuals , magazines etc. and no one can question their authenticity.
Section 1 generally consists of 2-3 factual texts e.g. An advertisement. Section two mainly focuses on jobs and work environment , staff and pay deals in foreign counties. The last and the final section is the most difficult of the three and hence requires more effort and concentration.
At times, it is advisable to start your test by attempting the last passage and moving in a reverse order so that more time can be devoted to that section. There is a huge variety in the type of questions asked in reading section of both academic and general training.
Firstly, they might range from multiple choice questions to short answer type questions for which detailed reading and understanding is required. Secondly, there are some questions in which a sentence is to be completed, students find such questions easy to attempt as a direct mention of the topic is given in the text. Thirdly, questions related to table completion or flow chart completion along with labelling a diagram are also asked . There are two other types of questions which prove to be a real puzzle for the students. They are ‘choosing a heading for the paragraph’ and ‘identification of information by writing- true, false and not given’. While choosing a heading, students generally get confused because for some paragraphs, two answers appear to be correct and that dilemma of choosing one between the two under time pressure often leads to marking wrong response.
Finally, identification of information is another area of confusion because children often get confused to mark a response as ‘NO’ or ‘NOT GIVEN’. With a focused attention and complete understanding, it is possible to get complete 9 bands in IELTS Reading section because of it being an objective test.
Candidates should try to solve those passages first in which questions related to their weak points like identification or heading are asked. The brain is fresh at the start and hence focus is better which would ultimately reduce chances of mistakes.
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