Category Archives: IELTS Reading
In this task type, which often appears in the exam, students are given a text with 5 to 7 paragraph headings missing. They must select the right paragraph headings from a list. There are always more paragraph headings than paragraphs (so that students can’t fill in the last one by a process of elimination).
Description of the task
In this task type students have to find which of the paragraphs in the text has information meaning the same as a given sentence, e.g. if Question 1 says “Bullets are becoming more dangerous all the time” and paragraph C has a sentence that says “The deadliness of bullets is rising” then the first answer is 1. C.
This task is always combined with one or two different tasks that involve reading the same text in more detail, e.g. True/ False/ Not Given or gap filling tasks.
Description of the task:
In this task type, which often appears in the exam, you are given a text with 5 to 7 paragraph headings missing. You must select the right paragraph headings from a list. Depending on the length and difficulty of the text and the number of paragraph headings, you will have between 5 and 8 minutes to do this task. There are always more paragraph headings than paragraphs, so you won’t need to use all of the paragraph headings that are given. There will always also be some other different reading tasks for detailed understanding to do with the same text.
In the reading section, the problem is the time. You are supposed to read three passages and to give a total of 40 answers. You have one hour. Therefore you can devote just 20 minutes for a passage, which is sometimes not enough time. First of all: use just 20 minutes for each section: if after 20 minutes you do not have some answers, guess and pass to the next question. Remember: you won’t have extra-time at the end of the hour to transfer the answers to the answer sheet. Therefore write them on it at once: this is an important difference from the listening section, where you will be given time to transfer your answers.
CAMBRIDGE READING PRACTICE TEST-1
READING PASSAGE 1
you should spent about 20 minutes on Questions 1-15 which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.
A spark, a flint:How fire leapt to life
The control of fire was the first and perhaps greatest of humanity’s steps towards a life-enhancing technology.To early man, fire was a divine gift randomly delivered in the form of lighting, forest fire or burning lava. Unable to make flame for themselves, the earliest peoples probably stored fire by keeping slow burning logs alight or by carrying charchol in pots.
How and where man learnt how to produce flame at will is unknown. It was probably a secondary invention ,accidentally made during tool-making operations with wood or stone. Studies of primtive societies suggest that the earliest method of making fire was through friction.European peasants would insert a wooden drill in a round hole and rotate it briskly between their palms. This process could be speeded up by wrapping a cord around the drill and pulling on each end.
Read the passage and answer the questions. Use your predicting skills. Note the type of questions.
The following reading passage has five sections A-E.
Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings on the next page.
Write the correct number i-viii in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet. There are more headings than sections, so you will not use them all.
The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, more commonly referred to as the Zulu Kingdom, is named after the Zulu people who have inhabited the area since the late 1400s. KwaZulu translates to mean “Place of Heaven.” “Natal” was the name the Portuguese explorers gave this region when they arrived in 1497. At that time, only a few Zulu clans occupied the area. By the late 1700s, the AmaZulu clan, meaning “People of Heaven,” constituted a significant nation. Today the Zulu clan represents the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with at least 11 million people in the kingdom. The Zulu people are known around the world for their elaborate glass beadwork, which they wear not only in their traditional costumes but as part of their everyday apparel. It is possible to learn much about the culture of the Zulu clan through their beadwork.
Here is described some tips and tricks for reading that should maintain in exam. Take concentration on this topic. I think It will help you much in exam.
1. Read Instruction
You should listen the instruction of instructor and read the instruction of questions. In the question paper there may mention write the answer in four words. you should not answer the question using more than four.
2. Read Questions First
I instruct you to read the question first in stead of reading the text of comprehension. This will help you to find the answer first.
IELTS Reading appears to be the toughest of all the four modules for most of the candidates appearing for IELTS. In fact, when I had given my IELTS I found Reading to be the most difficult one. One of the reasons is unfamiliarity with the topics, sometimes they are strange. Second is that there is a time limit and the three reading passages are quite long. They are neither of same difficulty nor of the same subject matter; often the difficulty level increases from section 1 to section 3 i.e. from reading passage 1 to reading passage 3.
Reading comprehension test can never be easy without speed reading. It helps in reading and comprehending information much more quickly. This makes speed reading an essential skill in any environment where you have to master large volumes of information quickly. Speed reading is one of the essential factors to achieve success in the IELTS reading module, or for that matter any other reading comprehension test.