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How to succeed on IELTS Reading

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Taking the IELTS Get a better score by watching this simple lesson on the IELTS reading section Ill give you my best advice on how to succeed on your reading test based on years of helping students to pass the IELTS exam Whether you are just starting to study or you have an exam scheduled tomorrow these tips will help you to get a higher mark Take the quiz to continue preparing
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Good My name is Emma and in todays lesson I am going to teach you some very good tips on how to succeed on the reading module of the IELTS So this video is for anyone who is taking the IELTS This video will really help you learn about some of the question types and how to do well on them So lets get started

My very first tip is very important When youre practicing doing the IELTS when youre preparing for the IELTS one way to prepare is to start learning synonyms Now whats a synonym A synonym is a copy of another word where the meanings are the same but the words are different So an example intelligent and smart These are synonyms They have the same meaning but theyre different words

Now why should you learn different synonyms for the IELTS Well one very good reason is oftentimes on the IELTS you will have a text or a reading passage and then after that you will have a bunch of questions Now sometimes in the questions you need to look for certain information in the reading passage So you read a question and you need to find the answer in the reading passage Now one way to do this is looking at keywords You might see a keyword in the question And youre looking for that same word in the reading passage But they often dont use the same words in the question and the reading passage Oftentimes they will use synonyms So for example maybe in the question the keyword is intelligent In the reading passage the word that youll actually need to find is smart So by knowing synonyms youll be able to do the questions a lot faster and youll be able to find information faster And on the IELTS time is very important so you want to be able to do things very quickly

My second point has to do with a lot of the question types especially the not given question types Theres a question type called True False or Not Given Theres also one called Yes No Not Given This point is for those

Oftentimes you need to pay close attention to negative words on the IELTS So for example never rarely hardly seldom Depending on what the question is sometimes if its a true or false question its very important to look for these words This is one of the tricks you might find on the IELTS -- well its not exactly a trick but sometimes you might put down true but the answer is actually false because of these negative words So key point Notice and pay attention to these types of words in both the True False and Not Given and the Yes No Not Given

Point No 3 Similar to point No 2 its very important to pay attention to frequency words especially in the same part and the True False Not Given You might see always often sometimes never Why is this important Well if you see something that says Sometimes the Pharaoh of Egypt -- or the Pharaohs of Egypt were buried in tombs but the actual answer is true or false and it says Pharaohs were always buried in tombs you might get confused You might put down the wrong answer So its very important to pay attention to always often sometimes never in true or false questions

Point No 4 This is probably one of my favorite points During tests -- this happens to all students -- they will pick on answer and then theyll think about it and theyll see another answer and theyll want to change their answer and they dont remember -- they dont know Which one should I pick Its good to go with your first instinct So if youre doing multiple choice and right off the bat you think Okay the answer is A and then you look and you think Okay well maybe the answer is C -- if both of them seem like good possibilities and you dont know choose the one you thought of first Okay Go with your gut feeling Go with your instinct