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Jason Lau
hardest IELTS reading ever Today's IELTS reading test in mainland China is the hardest one I have ever seen, so unfortunately, my second chance may be ruined by it. Sad day. I sure that I still have difficulty in fast reading and get the outline of passage. How could I improve my reading skill?    
Aug 20, 2016 2:10 PM
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I am also preparing for the IELTS. There are some tricks how to save time and gain a good score. The main method: do not read the text completely. Firstly, you should look at the questions and emphasize key words, and find a piece of text with these words, using the technique of scanning. It's great to help to save your time, because you will not waste time for unnecessary information. Although you will not read the text in full, you will understand the meaning. You shouldn't waste your time,delving into the meaning of each word, you should running quickly through the text. I will be glad if my advice helps you.
August 20, 2016

Some things I would recommend are:

(1) every day / before the exam:

- read, read, read. Practice makes perfect - and it's not a cliché, it really does!

- when you come across a new word/phrase, try to work out its meaning from the context before you check it in a dictionary. This skill will be extremely useful in the exam.

- study key vocabulary - if it's Academic IELTS you're doing, check out the AWL (Academic Word List) = these words are extremely common in academic texts and they always come back, regardless of the topic.

- when you study vocabulary, always make sure you know at least 2 synonyms for the new word if possible. Most questions in the IELTS want to check if you know many ways of saying the same thing

- pay attention to reference words, such as "it", "they", "those", "such", "the following", etc. They usually show relationships between words

- fast reading: (a) practise reading "in chunks" (not word by word, but trying to take in a few words at a time, e.g. a clause or a prepositional phrase)   (b) timed reading - every day, take 30 lines from a random text, time yourself reading them, then cover and try to recall main points   (c) make sure you are familiar with the skimming / scanning techniques; often you don't really need to read the whole text to get the answers to some questions

(2) in the exam / when doing practice exams

- be extra careful when questions contain words such as: "always", "every", "the most", "the only", "main", etc. Double check if the reason they're asking you, for example, is really the main reason, or perhaps only one of the reasons.

Good luck!

August 20, 2016
Thanks for all your advice
August 21, 2016
Jason Lau
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Korean
Learning Language
English, French, Korean