One of the common mistakes that many IELTS candidates make in the IELTS Reading test is that they put the questions aside and begin reading the text from beginning to end, word by word. Many times there are words and phrases in the text that they don’t understand and it puts them under more stress. Add the ticking clock to the equation, and they find themselves panicking just a few minutes into the test.
As you might’ve guessed, this is a wrong approach to the IELTS reading. In this test, time is valuable, and it is essential to stay sharp and focused until the end of the test. Here I will present four key strategies that can help you manage your time and improve your band score in the IELTS reading test:
1- Read the questions first
2- Don’t be afraid of new words
3- Keep going
4- Practice under test conditions