IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. In other words, it is a test which looks into your level of competency in the English language. The easiest way to get a high score in the IELTS, is by paying attention to reading comprehension. The passage is already there in front of you. All you need to do is, focus on the main crux of the passages given below and answer most of the questions that follow. You don’t have to think or memorize stuff, to do well in this section.
Here are certain minds crackling tips on how you can leave RC, completely stumped
Read between the lines
To get a ten on ten in RC, you simply don’t have to read sentences word by word and have them in your memory. It is a futile effort from your end. All you need to do is, jot down important points, which are related to questions asked. One simple trick to do this is to look for headings, title, and any special features like graphs or tabular representations. Most of the questions based on RC, will be on the above. You can also look out for underlining, or paragraphs in bold or italics. Pay special attention to all these areas of RC and you are done with half the ocean crossed.
You have around 180-220 questions to be answered in two to two and a half hours’ time approximately.Which means, you have less than a minute to answer each question. Spending too much time on one particular passage can make you lose out heavily on time. And you may not be able to complete the paper within the stipulated amount of time. The tip here is to ignore passages which are vague and beyond your scope of understanding. First focus on answering set of questions you are highly confident on. You can come back to the left overs in the end.
Do not panic
If you do not understand or know an answer to a particular question, it is simply not the end of the world. Read passages once or twice and paraphrase the same in your own language, rather in your own free style. Jot down important stuff like dates, statistical figures, etc. on a piece of paper. This makes it easier for you to answer questions more confidently. Even if you don’t know the answer for one particular question, quickly move on to the next one.
Check your spellings
This is a very important step which most of the candidates fail to adhere to. In a hurry to complete the answer sheet, you invariably tend to get most of the spellings messed up. An incorrect spelling can change the entire meaning of the whole word or the context in which it is being used. Once you finish a set of 5 questions, revise the answers. Then go over to the next passage.
Completion related questions
Say a particular passage says ‘in the evening’. And the question says ‘in the ——– (dash). You got to fill the missing word which is evening. Just mention the word ‘evening’ on the answer sheet. ‘In the evening’ will be considered as an incorrect answer.
Revise your answers
Doesn’t matter even if you have just answered 110 questions out of 180. Revise your answers well, before you hand over the papers to the examiner. Getting a score of 100 by 110 questions, is better than getting a score of 80 upon answering all the 180 questions.
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