For the Reading test, you must know how to follow each type of test to take advantage of time, complete the questions, and choose the correct answer. There are different types of questions in each test, of which the following five are the most common. Today, IELTS Fighter will share with you the experience of doing these 5 popular test types, hopefully helping you get a higher score!
1. HEADING FORM – FIND THE RIGHT HEADING FOR THE PART
Maybe for some of you, this form is quite easy, but actually I find it to be one of the most difficult because the number of headings is always larger than the number of paragraphs and some headings seem quite similar, so we must consider very carefully to choose the right heading.
My secret when doing this is that you read through all the headings, underline the key words to understand what the heading is about and you can write the Vietnamese meaning next to it to avoid confusion. headings are almost the same. Then read the paragraphs is to visualize the main idea throughout the paragraph and then immediately look at the heading to choose an appropriate heading. In this section, you should train yourself to have an integrated thinking, after reading the passage, what is the overall idea of the paragraph and this will make it easier for you to choose the right title. In case you are confused between 2 headings and you find that both are suitable for the passage and do not know which heading to choose, pay attention to what the paragraph is about more, then choose the heading that expresses the meaning of the paragraph. More of that text.
2. FORM TRUE/ FALSE/ NOT GIVEN
This is one of the hardest test types in the IELTS Reading test and I get a lot of questions about how to best do it without getting stuck.
– First, we need to carefully read and underline the important key words of the statements and then summarize the main idea of that statement with a Vietnamese (or English) sentence you can write next to it. This is my experience to help me when reading long texts without getting confused and easily figuring out what information I need to find for which statement.
– Then we start reading from the beginning to find and identify information. Usually in this type of post, the information will appear in the order of the statements that need to be determined T/F/NG, so just paying attention and focusing a bit will not miss the information. Once you have zoned out the information needed to determine T/F/NG, you should read it carefully and be very alert so as not to fall into a trap. You should mark this important information area in your own way for easy comparison to the statement; Even if you have not decided which statement is T/F/NG and move on to another sentence, when you come back you don’t have to re-read a long paragraph to find information.
The thing to pay special attention is that you try to understand the main idea of the statement or think of synonyms – synonyms of the key words in that statement so that if in the paragraph there are paraphrases in different ways, you will also be able to choose. Is that sentence T/F or NG? There are some of you who try to find the exact same word in the statement than in the passage, this is useless because what we are looking for is “Meaning” – meaning, not “Words” – words.
– To determine that the sentence is T/F/NG, you need to compare the correct information in the article. Please note the following words “always”, “never”, “little”, “millions”, “thousands”, … because these are the “traps” that make you misidentify.
– Even if the article is about a topic you are interested in or have already learned, you should not guess based on your knowledge but LEARN the article because maybe there is a disagreement between your knowledge and the information. exact science.
– In case if you have read the article carefully but cannot decide that the sentence is T/F/NG, please write NG for the statement. However, I do not encourage you to do this because maybe you have read the whole article carefully but have not paraphrased correctly or have not understood the statement carefully, so you have made a wrong decision. You should only do this when you are really “hopeless” with your answer.
3. MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS – CHOOSE 1 CORRECT ANSWER OF 4 ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION
This form is not too difficult for me personally, but it is not too easy because it is easy to be deceived. With my experience, you should first read all the questions and answers, underline the key words of the question and read the answers and then start reading from the beginning of the text. Questions are very important clues for you to know what information you are looking for, so keep in mind the first question of the lesson and when you come to the paragraph where you feel there is information for that first question then type mark it and read carefully and then choose the best answer.
Because the specificity of the IELTS reading is that the information will be in order from top to bottom according to the text flow, so make sure you remember the question to know what you need to do and you don’t miss the lesson. A particularly important skill in this section is the “Paraphrase” skill, you need to flexibly understand the important paragraph to answer in different ways, so be very careful with the paraphrase. If you have zoned out the necessary information but have not found the right answer, please mark it again to avoid forgetting and answer other questions to avoid spending too much time on one question.
4. OPINION MATCHING – CHOOSE THE OPINION THAT FITS THE Speaker
This is a form I receive a lot of inboxes asking about how to master this type of post. The feature of this article is that the text will be a collection of opinions, views and possibly research results of many scientists (from 04 people or more) on the same topic; In the question part, the reader is asked to choose the opinion, or opinion, or research result that is relevant to its author. The difficulty of this type of essay is that the information is often fragmented and often “hidden” deep in the passages causing us to read carefully and “paraphrase” to see which author’s point of view. With this type of article, we should implement the following steps:
– First, underline the key words of the opinion and can write down the main idea in Vietnamese next to it to distinguish it from other points of view. Read carefully and keep these points of view in mind.
– Then read the paragraphs of each author one by one, pay close attention as you read and try to understand the meaning of every word that the author says and look to the side of the point of view, if you see it. If you match the idea with any given idea, then choose the appropriate answer.
5. GAP FILL FORM – FILL WORD IN THE BRAND
This form in my opinion seems to be the easiest form to breathe compared to the forms above. An important skill in doing this is that you scan quickly to find the paragraph containing the information you need to fill in the summary or diagram. Usually we will get the words in the passage, not think or conjugate the verb / give the correct form of the word, so if you find the word to fill in, you must write it in your answer sheet.
A good way to do this is that you have identified the necessary information area for the summary paragraph or the diagram to be filled in, you should read the passage while holding the pen in the direction of the diagram to know what you are doing. What area/stage/step in the diagram to fill in the correct word. You can rest assured that in the diagrams and paragraphs, there will definitely be suggested summaries that are synonymous with the words in the text so that you can know what the words you need to fill in are. After completing, check to make sure that you have filled in the singular or plural form of the word correctly and that there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
Hope you learn well!!!