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March 04, 2013


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I agree with you. Many times, the answers are skilfully "hidden" in the text and far from the obvious words.

thanks simon

If we don't use skimming or scanning, do we have enough time to go through all questions?

I agree with Simon. It is true that we often miss required information to answer the questions when we skim and scan for each and every question.

from all this .do you recomend me to read the passage before reading the question

@Jinan: Simon Sir told every time that we must on question before reading . So that we know what we are looking for ..

Sorry Mean to saw that we must read question before reading whole passage

Thank you for your advise on this reading- scanning and skimming, which is the area i have problem with. I got my IELTS result yesterday:L7 R5.5,(too bad), W7 and S7.5. overall was 7. The reading spoilt it. I really need a lot of practice! I need 7 in all the 4 areas. Your site have helped me a lot. Will sit for another test later this month.Can anyone give me tips and tricks about this reading problem? Am waiting please.

thank you neha.but do you think the time is enough to read the whole passage

Hi Simon,

Thanks a lot for your great work. It supports me so much in learning IELTS.

By the way, I found an other website as posted link below which has the same content as yours and wonder if she/he had your permission?


I agree with you Simon. When I skim all passages, I always miss answers. So I read whole passage quickly. But one problem I have, I cant finish all passages in time. How can I finish third passage in 60 mins. Should I read more magazines, newspapres...???

I wrote my IELTS exam yesterday, But I attempted all answers in capital letters?? Will it make any problem??

Hi Sharmila,

I dont think you will face any problem with this. However, writing answers in capital might take you longer that the conventional way.

Hi ,everybody
I got 4.5 in Reading?
I need 6 .Please,guide me to score 6 in reading

Thanl you

Scanning and skimming is essential where IELTS takers must familiar with these technique. However, it seems to me that need to read at least twice to find the answer correctly. Otherwise, my score will be stood at 6. Any comment from other?

Thank you for the tips, Simon.

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