IELTS Reading Tips


IELTS Reading Module (Academic and General) consists of 40 questions, all in the type of Reading Comprehension. The students will have to read passages in English and must find answers to the questions by skimming and scanning the passage.

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Most people find it difficult to answer all the 40 questions within one hour because of the length of each passage. In Academic IELTS, the candidate has to read three 900-word essays. Without sufficient practice, one has to worry about completing the test on time. In this blog, some important tips and trips to ace the Reading Test of IELTS will be discussed. Follow these rules religiously and you will see massive strides of improvement in your Reading Skills.

Spend 30 minutes a day reading English

Most of the cultures follow the habit of reading books before going to sleep. Parents in America read to their kids and put them to sleep. So the reading habit is inculcated from an early age. This proves that reading regularly will do more good in your life. In IELTS, you will be tested with topics ranging from different themes. To match that standard, it is advised that you spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day reading English. Be it newspapers, magazines, blogs, or general essays, constantly read and it will show in your results. Not to mention the psychological benefits of reading that is aplenty.

Practice skimming the IELTS READING text

Candidates have to keep in mind that they are not reading the passage for pleasure or to gain knowledge. Hence, word by word reading is unnecessary. To read a single passage, one shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Concentrate on the key topics of a paragraph and move on to the next.


Highlight the keywords

If you find any important data while skimming the passage, underline it. Names of people, places, company names, numerical data, etc constitute as key words. If you highlight them, you won’t find difficulty when scanning for answers.

IELTS Reading Tip and Tricks

Remember the themes of each paragraph

While skimming the passage, try to remember the general themes of each paragraph. By doing so, you don’t need to reread everything when you are searching for answers. You can even write short notes near each paragraph to do this.

Revise the test with answers in hand

Once you’ve completed a mock test or a practice test, get the answers and check your score. For all the wrong answers, make sure you understand the rationale. That way, how answers are hidden in the passage will be understood. Synonyms and paraphrases of the question sentences will be apparent when the reader revises the passage with answers in hand.



“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”  Charles Baudelaire

Reading a book is a meditating experience. A person who reads books enjoys n number of things; His knowledge develops, his awareness of the world increases and he becomes fluent in reading skills. The last quality, particularly, is important for IELTS READING MODULE. Here are some book recommendations to improve your English Reading skills:


“Five Point Someone” is a novel by Indian author Chetan Bhagat that explores the lives of three engineering students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The book is a witty potrayal of the students’ experiences as they navigate through the competitive academic environment of IIT.

The book is a light read, with humorous anecdotes and relatable characters. However, it also provides a commentary on the education system and the toll it can take on students. The book is popular among students and has been adapted into a Bollywood movie and also a Kollywood movie, acted by Thalapathy Vijay.

It is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read, especially for those familiar with the Indian education system.


“And Then There Were None” is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie, first published in 1939. The book is widely considered one of Christie’s best works and a masterpiece of the mystery genre.

The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island off the coast of Devon, England. They soon discover that they have been lured there under false pretenses, and one by one, they start dying in mysterious ways. As they try to find out the mystery of the killer’s identity, tensions rise, and suspicion falls on each of the remaining guests.

It is a gripping and masterful mystery novel that is a must-read for fans of the genre.


“Bloodline” is a suspenseful thriller by Sidney Sheldon, first published in 1977. The story follows the Roffe family, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the world, as they deal with the murder of their patriarch, Sam Roffe, and the ensuing power struggle for control of his global empire.

The book is full of twists and turns, with complex characters and a gripping plot that keeps the reader on edge. Sheldon’s writing is fast-paced and engaging, with vivid descriptions of glamorous locations and enthralling situations.

It is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that showcases Sheldon’s skill as a master storyteller.


“The Fault in Our Stars” is a young adult novel by John Green that tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with terminal cancer, and her relationship with Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer patient whom she meets at a support group.

The book is a poignant and heart-wrenching exploration of life, love, and mortality. Green’s writing is insightful and witty, with memorable characters and a powerful message about the value of human connection and the search for meaning in life.

It is a beautiful and emotional novel that will make you laugh, cry, and reflect on the importance of living life to the fullest, even in the face of adversity. It is my personal favorite.


Overall, Getting your desired BAND Scores in IELTS Reading module is a piece of cake, provided you have adequate practice and understanding of the test. The most important point is that, candidates must develop a passion for reading.

As Groucho Marx wittingly proclaimed,

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.



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1 Comment

  1. I have read many IELTS Reading tips and tricks but your one is the most relevant and elaborate. Thank you very much for your efforts. Actually, it is very tough to get a decent score in the IELTS reading module. Please provide more and more tips like this. This will definitely boost my IELTS Reading score.

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