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Remember the test gets more difficult as it goes on so you will probably need more time for the questions at the end than for those at the start. Maybe a guideline could be: 17 minutes on section 1. 20 minutes on section 2. 23 minutes on section 3.

Below is a list of the types of question that you could meet in the IELTS Academic Reading Test. It's useful to read the list of course, but the only way to really be familiar with the types of question is through practice on good quaity IELTS practice tests.

Multiple choice questions Short answer questions Completion questions: Completing sentences Completing notes Completing a summary (no word bank) Completing a summary (with word bank) Completing a diagram Completing a flow chart Completing a table Matching a bank of headings to identify paragraphs or parts of text Matching a bank of writers' views/claims/information with the writer Identification of information in the text: yes/no/not given questions true/false/not given questions Matching lists/phrases Classification questions

Reading tricks:There are several ways to do the passage in the estimated time. But the tactics mentioned below is just to overcome the shortcomings of time management for the reading passage ( 40 questions in 60 min) 1. Solve the passage according to this flow chart. This method is just to analyise which passage will be done first. Science Economics History Geography Civic Literature Autobiography # first attempt the science passage then economics and so on.( this trick is followed because science passage consist less synonyms than others and literature and autobiography is always with SYNONYMS so it becomes typical to understand it and consumes lots of time.)

reading: part 1 was very difficult, took me 30 min to complete and it was about bio-chemistry and nature , questions were very difficult and indirect. part 2 was about Tasmania tigers , moderate finished in 11 mins part 3 was about marketing and advertisement... moderate to a little difficult finished in 15 mins

IELTS Reading Tips for True, False and Not Given


True, False and Not Given questions are probably the most confusing type of questions in IELTS Reading Tests. You can actually answer these questions without reading the IELTS Reading Passage. Here are couple of pointers that you can use to make sure you get the T,F,NG questions correct with minimum effort. Before you start the Reading Practice test Look what are the instructions asking for? Does it ask for? Yes, No, Not Given Or True, False or Not Given Does it ask for a sentence or a three word answer? Keeping these things in mind shall we get started? Direct Answers 1. If article sentence is repeated as a question directly (sentence in the article changed to question in the question section) NOT GIVEN Example: In the paragraph there is this sentence, Children are particularly at risk as the thick hollow stems and broad fan-like leaves lend themselves to a variety of games. In Question there is sentence, Are children particularly at risk as the thick hollow stems and broad fan-like leaves lent themselves to a variety of games? (Note: If you think its TRUE for a moment, do not even think about it; most of the students get it wrong. Most of the times these kinds of Paraphrase questions will be asked in IELTS to trap students. Remember when you see this type it is Not Given!) Strong Words 2. If the question contains should, must, swear, pledge, resolve, etc these kind of strong words Not Given Examples: In question, Organizations should be legally bound to instituonalize day dreaming processes. Most children must be given space to day dream. (Note: there is nothing in IELTS world which is sure. When you read the articles in the IELTS test you will find that 80 % of the time they use uncertain words that are: may, might, seems to, can, could, etc). Range of Numbers 3. If the article gives range of numbers but the question is a specific number which is in that given range

NOT GIVEN Example: In article, The Indian revolution started from 1942 to 1947, and India finally got independence in 1947. In the question, The Indian revolution started 1942, and India finally got independence in 1947. Range of Numbers- Cont Note: Pay attention to point 4 and 5 these are tricky!) 4. If the number in the question is over the given range of numbers in the article FALSE Example: In article, The Indian revolution started from 1942 to 1947, and India finally got independence in1947. In the question, The Indian revolution started from 1942 to 1947, and India finally got independence in1948. Range of Numbers- Cont 5. If the number in the article is over the given range of numbers in the question NOT GIVEN Example: In the article, In his recent published book, Flora Britannica (1998), Richard Mabey devotes a whole chapter to garden escapes. In the question, The Flora Britannica (1998) by Richard Mabey is devoted to garden plants. Example: In the article, The Indian revolution started in 1942, and India finally got independence in 1947. In the question, The Indian revolution started from 1942 to 1947, and India finally got independence in 1947. (Note: In the article it is just one chapter in the Britannica but in question it is the whole book, so the article is just focusing on a one chapter and the question is mentioning the whole Britannica). (Note: in second example, you can see that, article is just giving a number, while the question mentions the range of numbers). If in article and question there is only a single number which is mentioned, Locate the information first and then just find the number from the article. 6. If the numbers and information is same TRUE Example: In the article, Flora Britannica (1998) was published by Richard Mabey and the writer devotes a whole chapter to garden escapes. In the question, Flora Britannica was published by Richard Mabey in 1998 and writer devotes a whole chapter to garden escapes.

Range of Numbers- Cont. 7. If the numbers and information is different, FALSE Example: In the article, Flora Britannica (1998) was published by Richard Mabey and the writer devotes a whole chapter to garden escapes. In the question, Flora Britannica was published by Richard Mabey in 1997 and writer devotes a whole chapter to garden escapes. Irrelevant Questions 8. The information in the question never appeared in the article, NOT GIVEN Example: In the question, Of the three pieces of Hesses work described, the first is the writers favorite. In the article, The article did not mention anything about writers favorite work anywhere. Conditional Question Good News- These questions are 80% False 9. If there are A and B two set of information in the article, but the question only mention A OR B, FALSE Example: In the article, Deforestation and fumes from vehicles may lead to environmental imbalance and can cause disaster. In the question, Deforestation or fumes from vehicles may lead to environmental imbalance and can cause disaster. (Pay attention to this point, its very tricky) Example: In the article, Weeds can be removed by hand and without the use of herbicides, in order to encourage bio-diversity. In the question, Weeds can be removed by hand or without the use of herbicides, in order to encourage bio-diversity

Conditional Questions-Cont. 10. If in the article A appears with a restricted terms, but the question only mention A without that term, FALSE Example: In the article, Weeds can be removed by hand and without the use of herbicides only when bio-diversity is needed. In the question, Weeds can be removed by hand and without the use of herbicides.

(Note: Question did not mentioned the restricted term only when bio-diversity is needed) Conditional Questions-Cont. 11. In the article, the sentence is A + some conditions that is (unless or if or provided or but or for or except etc statement) than or that of B, but in the question only A no subordinate clause B, FALSE Example: In the article, When American economy is compared with Japanese economy, we find similar consumer behavior, provided the market is global. In the question, American economy is similar to Japanese economy in terms of consumer behavior. Tricky Questions 12. In the article using possibility words odd, opportunity, chances, many believe, possible, likely, probable, seems, appear to, one theory is. etc But question changes to certain words convinced, fact, definitely, invariably, absolutely, universally, accepted, well documented, unanimously, perceived, acknowledged, all of theories..etc FALSE Example: In the article, Many believe that percentages of people who are involved in accidents are found to be under the influence of alcohol. In the question, Percentages of people who are involved in accidents are found to be under the influence of alcohol had been well documented. Tricky Questions- Cont. 13. In the article appearing different, various, varied, versatile, a wide variety of , diversified.etc But in question only, unique, sole..etc FALSE Example: In the article, Researchers at Bell college of Technology selected different varieties of deeper-burrowing earthworm species for mineral content improvement. In the question, Researchers at Bell college of Technology selected unique variety of deeper-burrowing earthworm specie for mineral content improvement. Tricky Questions- Cont. 14. In the article somewhat, somehow, someoneall But in question common, usual, normal, typical, etc. FALSE Example In the article,

The main town in the region called Southhampton, somehow is the hub of UK ports. In the question, The main town in the region called Southhampton, is a typical hub of UK ports. Present Past Questions 15. The article uses subjunctive , but the question changes to reality or a fact (would/may+ happen in article changed to happened in question) NOT GIVEN Example In the article, There may be little room for further development in residential accommodation of the Waterside. In the question, There is a little room for further development in residential accommodation of the Waterside.

Possibility Questions 16. There are some possibilities in the articles (not necessarily) But question just give one of those possibilities or situation (A, B and C leads to pollution in article pollution caused by A in question) NOT GIVEN Example In the article, Google, yahoo and MSN lead us to the way to information age. In the question, The way to information age is led by Yahoo. (Note: In article three companies; Google, yahoo and MSN are mentioned but in question, only yahoo is mentioned) 17. All the circumstances in the article appear in the question But the extent, emotion and scope are different NOT GIVEN Example In the article, Its good that some day-dreamers survive the process of conformity. In the question, Its good that tomorrow day-dreamers survive the process of conformity Example In the article, A reasonable thesis statement is a declarative sentence that contains no qualifiers. In the question, An exceptional thesis statement is a declarative sentence that contains no qualifiers. {Note: Extent means, the strength in the words, the emotions used in the words, or the range used in the information. Also, note that second case shows the example of emotion. You can clearly observe the difference between reasonable (its not very good)and exceptional(it is brilliant)} Conclusion Questions

18. The question doesnt give enough information to make a conclusion NOT GIVEN Conclusion Questions- Cont. 19. The question is a conclusion, but cant be made by the given information in the article NOT GIVEN Finding answer by adding-Not Add NOT in the question 20. After adding NOT: if same with article FALSE Example: In the article, The main town in the region called Southhampton is not the hub of UK ports. In the question, The main town in the region called Southhampton is (not) the hub of UK ports. Finding answer by adding-Not(Cont.) 21. After adding NOT : If differ with the article TRUE Example: In the article, The main town in the region called Southhampton is the hub of UK ports. In the question, The main town in the region called Southhampton is (not) the hub of UK ports. Finding answer by adding-Not(Cont.) 22. After adding NOT : Still cant make conclusion NOT GIVEN

Turning Point Words Turning point words But, however, yet, in fact, on the contrary, whereas, on the other hand, conver sely, although, while, albeit, nevertheless, despite, inspite of, even if (Note: Always read the sentence which follows your sentence in which you are looking for answers. If in next sentence you see, However or Yet these kind of words, then it means that the answer you thought for sentence is opposite 75% of the times) Reasons and Results Reasons and Results Lead to, cause, pose, contribute to, result in, affect, influence, effect, impact, bring about, incur, create, trigger, because, in that, so, therefore, consequently, since, hence, thus.

reading : how to solve heading HEADINGS:steps to follow:-first translate and understand the LIST OF HEADINGS and memorize it. - translate the passage and understand what does it ant to say and place your answer on answer sheet. -follow the trick:sample taken from 404 book For example:A. The origination of earth was considered as 200 million years ago when molten rocks and inert gases were existing in the ea rths atmosphere at large amount. Although it was deleterious for human being as the theory defines .however, all gases were not at large amount therefore only nitrogen with 78.24%, oxygen 21.20% termed the existence of life on earth . the other air is in less amount but somehow carbon dioxide with 0.03 % is useful for plants and trees to do reproduction and growth. If these gases had any other chemical changes at the initial , the existence of earth would not be there for several and millions of years. This term is , actually, defined by different scientist How the earth and its life survive on this small planet. List of headings I The earth and its beginning, Ii the theory of neo man Iii gases in earths atmosphere Iv the earth-unique planet V the scientist research on earth *always translate the INTRODUCTION of a passage. And how to judge the introduction follow this Trick x/3 ( x= no. of lines in the paragraph A, B,C, D..) following paragraph has, if we count, almost 8 lines so the trick would be 8/3= 2.57 means you have to translate first 3 lines of the paragraph to find the answer or First ( 3+1=4 lines ) it means in every passage introduction o Information o Conclusion And headings always lie in INTRODUCTION LINES. But do remember do not match keywords always translate the lines and understand.