The IELTS test can be stressful, right?
Your IELTS result can mean the difference between going to university or not. Your IELTS Band score can make a BIG difference to your life, so there is a lot at stake and of course, you really really want to do as well as possible when you are taking the exam.
An extremely important part of how to do well during the test is having great exam technique.
You must practise the IELTS questions before you do the exam for real, so that you know the kind of thing that you are being asked.
A lot of students who sit the IELTS exam say after they have done the Reading Test things like:
“Oh, I got stuck on this one question!”
“I ran out of time”
“I couldn’t finish all the questions”
“There was a question that I just didn’t understand. It was so difficult!”
“I couldn’t find the answer to a reading question”
All of these common statements above show that the student had bad exam technique in the IELTS Reading Test.
There is soooo much to do and soooo little time to do everything in IELTS Reading….
When you see these Reading Test facts below, you will understand why people run out of time!
Let me just repeat that last fact – there will be more than 2000 words to read in the 3 texts!
You have to read those huge number of words AND answer 40 questions relating to those texts in under an hour!!! That’s almost impossible, isn’t it?
Tomorrow, in another IELTS Reading Tips article, I will show you HOW you do not have to read every single word to be able to answer the questions, but for now…
In the IELTS Reading Test:
= FORGET ABOUT IT and MOVE ON to the next question.
Why? Why miss out a question?
There are so many advantages to missing out a difficult question!
When you miss out a difficult question, you will:
Let’s just imagine that you do not agree with the advice above.
Imagine what will happen if you use up lots of time when you keep trying to find the info for an answer to a difficult question.
When you use up lots of time with a difficult question, you will:
IT MAKES SENSE TO MISS OUT A DIFFICULT READING QUESTION