GENERAL TRAINING – READING TIPS
The Entire texts are based on the type of reading Materials that
you would be expected to Encountered on a routine / daily Basis in English
Speaking Countries. They are abstractedfrom Newspapers, Books, Leaflets,
Advertisements,Magazines, Researched Base activities. These reading
Passages are easily Understandable and Comprehensive Approach for every Skilled
or non-Skilled audience.
Section 1 contains reading text base on Linguistic Survivals in English. Task_1 that mainly requires Capability to retrieve& provideCommon and General factual information in the reading section.
Section 2 Reading passage is mainlyFocused on Training Context. Training Program or Students’ Welfare needs.
Section 3 Reading Passage is involved a Longer Descriptive Text with more Complex Structures.
The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long.
There are 3 sections.
Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be a composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, eg. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (eg. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions)
Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest
Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.
A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types; multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
Focus on the text first, the questions second! A good understanding of the text helps you answer the questions more efficiently and effectively.
IELTS exam writers select a range of specific types of texts. Learning to recognize the type of text you are reading can help you predict its structure and therefore understand it more quickly. There are four types of IELTS texts a) analytic texts, which discuss the reasons why something happened or make recommendations or explain a concept b) descriptive texts, which describe a situation, explain how something is done or categories something c) discursive texts, in which different opinions are expressed about an issue and d) narrative texts, which explain a chronological sequence of events.
- To improve your performance in the Reading test you need to practice reading a variety of English texts. This will help you develop the ability to read quickly as is required under test conditions.
- The texts included in the Reading test always contain the information you need to answer the question. You won’t have to use your own knowledge of a topic
Learn to scan. Scanning is what you do when you look for a price in an advertising text or a name in a telephone book. When you scan you do not actually need to read the text but move your eyes quickly over it. You can scan from left to right or right to left, from top to bottom or bottom to top. Do this to find the location of answers in the texts looking out for easy to spot words like numbers, dates and words beginning with capital letters such as place names.
Don’t panic when you encounter an unknown or difficult word. IELTS texts are packed with highly specialized vocabulary. Skip over difficult words which are not essential for your understanding of the text. For words you do need to understand, practice trying to guess their meaning using the overall context of the text and sentence as well as the form of the word – e.g. is it a noun or verb.
Manage Your Time
Time manage in the exam. Most IELTS candidates run out of time in the third reading section. Each text should take you roughly 20 minutes (the examiners will tell you after 20 minutes have passed). Never spend too long on a single question – guess the answer or leave it to return to later. Also if you feel you are running out of time, tackle questions like gap-fills before doing “easy to guess” tasks like YES NO NOT GIVEN questions. Don’t forget you also have to have all your answers on your mark sheet by the end of the test. A good tip is to write them on the mark sheet in pencil as you go, correcting where necessary at the end.