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IELTS Reading - Common mistakes

According to statistics, the average reading score for Indians taking IELTS academic exam is 5.82. This is fairly average, considering the fact that you must get 6 or more bands in every module to get admission to their course, college, and country of their choice.

So, what to do? If you are student preparing for IELTS, and still not satisfied with the practice results you are getting in reading (considered to be the toughest of all the modules), then chances are you are making these simple (but silly) mistakes that everyone makes. To help you get rid of these mistakes, we are here with 4 simple and easy tricks.

Without wasting any time, let us begin discussing those tricks one by one –

  1. Making Spelling Mistakes

Yes, you read it correctly. Spelling mistakes are the number one reasons that lead to low scores in IELTS reading. And, overconfidence is the biggest reason behind it. The irony is that most students tend to focus so much on other things that they make silly mistakes while writing their answers in the IELTS reading module. Sometimes in haste, sometimes in lack of awareness and sometimes just because of casual attitude – you are bound to make spelling mistakes. And, they can cost you big time! Don’t forget, a misspelled word could lead you to the dreaded score of <6 in IELTS reading.

Tip: don’t rush. Take time to read the content and answer with a cool and composed head. Review the answers once you are done, and you can easily avoid making common spelling errors.

  1. Writing More/Less Than What’s Required

Every question in the IELTS reading exam comes with a specific set of instructions. You need to follow these instructions.

For example:

Complete the sentence below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Passenger ships across the North Atlantic Ocean had an excellent safety record in ______.

Ans: the recent past [wrong]

Ans: recent past [right]

You can see what we are trying to say here. Improper use of the article could mean that your answer is wrong. You need to pretty careful with this.

In a similar way, writing less could also cost you. In the above example for instance, if you write ‘the past’ as the answer instead of ‘the recent past’, your answer is going to be marked wrong.

These things might appear to be small, but they can make a big difference in your IELTS reading score.

Tip: Read through the words, and follow the instructions. Remember the instructions.

  1. Losing Out On Time

IELTS Reading - Common mistakes

Time is the most important factor to succeed in the IELTS exam. Yet, students don’t pay attention to this. This is the reason they end up struggling to complete the IELTS reading test on time. Generally, they spend too much time looking for that one answer they cannot find and end up not answering the easy questions that were right in front of them to be answered.

This is where time management and practice become the key elements to focus on students. Before you take up the final exam, spend at least a couple of weeks practicing the test with a timer.

Also, once you begin answering the question don’t get stuck on a question you cannot find an answer for. Give it a miss, and move to the questions that you can answer. Leave the ones that are unanswered for the end.

Tip: Start practicing with a timer. Don’t remain stuck, move on and leave the answers you are not getting for the end.

  1. Not answering the question

You might be amazed to know that a huge percentage of students end up leaving blank answers in IELTS. This is probably the biggest mistake they make. Even if you don’t know the answer, try to guess the answer.

Leaving a black would anyways mean that you are losing out on your score, and answering wrong won’t make it any worse. As there is no negative marking in IELTS, so there’s no harm in trying your luck.

Even if one of the guesses work it can change your fortune for good!!! Who knows?

Tip: Never leave a blank answer. There’s no ‘negative marking. So, use this leverage, and try your luck by guessing the answers you have no clue about.

There you have it – some common mistakes you need to avoid in order to get the desired IELTS Score in Reading. If you are still suffering from the IELTS test fever, keep following HSA Visa World Blog for more such tips and tricks.

All the best!