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Academic Reading. PRACTICE TEST. 1 hour. Time. 1 hour. INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES. Do not open this question paper until you are told to do so. These IELTS Reading practice tests are optimised for offline use — you can save them in PDF or print right from the page. To take test online and see your IELTS. IELTS practice test to assess your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the USA. IELTS Practice Listening Test Blank Answer Sheet (pdf).

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Practice doing lots of reading tests. This is the best way to use your time before the exam! Read the Task Carefully Whenever you start doing a task, make sure you read the instructions and the examples carefully. However, there are some details you need to pay special attention to.

There are a few tricky questions in which not all of the details are true. Some may be true while others are false. This may seem like a fast way of doing the task but it can lead to mistakes. Instead, reconsider all the options for each question.

Get Better at Scanning Scanning is a reading method that allows you to find information faster. When scanning, you no longer read everything word for word. You just move your eyes across the text smoothly in a wavelike motion. Each paragraph has a main idea and that idea is expressed in the topic sentence. What you really need to understand each paragraph is the information in the topic sentence.

So, where do you find the topic sentence?

To maximize your time, look for it in the first sentence, then the second one and then the last one. Scanning can also help you find key words and numbers fast. While numbers are usually easy to locate, with key words you have to use your memory to find the approximate location where you read that earlier and then look for the word being discussed in more detail.

Read all instructions carefully.

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Look for 'keywords'. There are usually words in the questions that are similar to words you need to find in the text. For example, if the text contains the word "global", the question might use the word "international". If you find the similar words, you have probably found the answer.

You must get to the end and answer every question. If you don't finish, you might miss some easy points. Some questions are difficult because their aim is to separate band 8 and band 9.

Don't waste time on difficult questions. Miss them, finish the exam, and return to them at the end. Here are some suggestions: 1. If you want to improve your reading, the first thing to do is read a lot. There are no shortcuts or secret techniques; you will only improve with time and practice.

Anything you read in English is good practice, so read about subjects that interest you. Try to enjoy reading in English.

English is the most used language on the web. Whenever you search for information on the Internet, try searching in English first. Remember that "understanding is not the same as using". Keep a notebook with useful words and phrases that you find when you're reading, and try using them in your own sentences.

If you've done all of the tests in the Cambridge books, read the passages again without doing the questions. Use a dictionary, take notes, and try to fully understand each passage.

Another way to use the Cambridge tests is to look at the correct answers to each question first. Your task is to find out why those answers are correct by analysing the passage carefully and finding the 'keywords'.

Be creative with your reading practice, try to enjoy the learning process, and trust that you will improve if you persist. Here are some tips for dealing with this problem: 1. Go straight to the first question. Don't waste time reading the full passage or the first sentence of each paragraph, and don't read any of the other questions. Do 'paragraph' questions last.

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Questions that ask you to match headings or statements with paragraphs are much easier if you are already familiar with the passage. Don't get stuck on one question. As soon as you realise that you are having difficulties with a question, leave it and move to the next one. Return to difficult questions later if you have time. Remember that the answers to most question sections are in order in the passage. You don't need to go back to the beginning of the passage to search for each answer.

Only skim or scan for numbers and names. Otherwise, read at normal speed. Work with an alarm. You can't do this in an exam, but at home you could set the alarm on your phone for 2 minutes and try to do each question within this time.

Note: When preparing for the reading test at home, try not to worry about time at first. Your first concern should be to get the score you need, even if it takes you 3 hours instead of 1 hour to do a full test.

Do these questions last 'Paragraph headings' questions are difficult, especially because the answers will not be in order in the text.

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For most other types of question, the answers will be in order in the text. So, do the other questions first, then you will be familiar with the text when you return to the 'paragraph headings' questions.

You might even find that you are able to match some of the paragraphs really quickly because you remember what they were about. Start with the shortest paragraphs Instead of starting with the first paragraph, why not start with the shortest paragraph? If there is a really short paragraph, it should be easier to match it to a heading. Then you will have fewer headings to choose from for the longer paragraphs. Look for similar words As with most types of IELTS reading question, you should be able to find words in the paragraph that are similar to words in the heading.

Move on if you are spending too much time 'Paragraph headings' questions often take a long time.

Don't allow yourself to use more than 20 minutes for each reading passage. If you haven't finished after 20 minutes, move on to the next passage. Here are some tips for "which paragraph contains? Some paragraphs might not contain any answers. The same paragraph might contain more than one answer. It's not usually difficult to understand the question or answer, but it is difficult to find the answer.

Do these questions last.

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