Reading Test (Academic) Preparation Course

Duration:  7 Consecutive Days
Attendance:  1 Webinar (60 –70 minutes) daily
Workload:  Homework (40-60 minutes) daily
Recommended Level of English: Minimum IELTS 4.5
Fee:  USD $99
Textbook Needed: Cambridge IELTS Book 7

Course Description

This course is suitable for test takers who need to score 7.0 or higher in the IELTS Reading Test (Academic). During webinars you are shown the strategies to complete different IELTS reading exercises. Then, you complete various IELTS reading exercises at home to practice the strategies. We check your homework to make sure you have understood and are using the correct strategies for each type of reading tasks. You complete a full Reading Test in 60 minutes as part of this course. You receive comments and suggestions on what you need to do to improve your reading score.

Upcoming Reading Academic (AC) Courses

November 9—15,
Webinar Time: 8.00—9.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

November 25 – December 1,
Webinar Time: 10.00 – 11.30 AM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

December 3 – 9,
Webinar Time: 6.00 – 7.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

Reasons to attend this Course

We show you how and where to find the answers for all types of IELTS reading (AC) tasks

You practice the strategies by completing daily homework

We check your work to make sure you are following the strategies and provide you with expert advice

You attend the first webinar FREE. You only register for the course if you like the approach

Course Description

DAY 1

Webinar Focus:

Introduction to IELTS Reading (AC) Strategies to complete Gap Filling Exercises

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Gap Filling Exercises 2. Further Practice for Arabic Reading

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Short Answer Exercises)

DAY 2

Webinar Focus:

Review of Gap-filling Reading Exercises Strategies to complete Heading Exercises

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Heading Exercises 2. Further Practice for Understanding Grammar Clues

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Heading Exercises)

DAY 3

Webinar Focus:

Review of Strategies for Heading Exercises Strategies to complete Multiple Choice Questions

Homework:

Further Practice for Multiple Choice Questions Further Practice for Synonyms

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Multiple Choice Exercises)

DAY 4

Webinar Focus:

Review of Strategies to complete Multiple Choice Questions Strategies to complete T/F/NG or Y/N/NG

Homework:

1. Further Practice for T/F/NG or Y/N/NG Exercises 2. Further Practice for Understanding the most important Key Word

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (T/F/NG or Y/N/NG Exercises).

DAY 5

Webinar Focus:

1. Review of strategies to complete T/F/NG or Y/N/NG Exercise 2. Strategies to complete Matching Exercises

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Matching Exercises 2. Further Practice for Recognizing Distractors

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Matching Exercises).

DAY 6

Webinar Focus:

Review of Strategies to complete Matching Questions Strategies to complete Short–answer Questions Strategies to complete Summaries

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Short-answer Completion Exercises 2. Further Practice for Summary Completion Questions

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Short-Answer Exercises)

DAY 7

Webinar Focus:

No webinar taking place.

Homework:

Complete a full IELTS Reading Test (60 minutes)

Submissions:

Submit by email the test

Information about the Academic Reading Test

Important Numbers
3Passages
40Questions
60Minutes

There is no additional time given to transfer the answers into the Answer Sheet in the IELTS Reading Test.

Invigilators will collect your IELTS Answer Sheet after 60 minutes

Question Types

  • Gap-filling
  • Sentence Completion
  • True/False/Not Given
  • Choosing Headings
  • Matching
  • Multiple Choice
  • Categorizing/Classifying

Headings and True/False/Not Given seem to be the most challenging types of reading exercises for most test takers

Text Sources

IELTS Reading (AC) texts are taken from different academic journals published in Canada, UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. A total of 2,150—2,750 words is used in all three reading passages.

IELTS reading test only assesses your reading skills. Knowledge of the subject discussed in an IELTS text does not influence your IELTS Band Score.

MARKING

  • 1 point per right Answer
  • Spelling is checked
  • Both USA & British spelling are accepted
  • Grammar is checked
  • Capitalization is not checked

There is no negative marking in IELTS. Hence, if you do not have an answer, guess!

Common Errors in Reading Test (Academic)

Error 1

Completing an exercise without reading instructions first

Instructions tell you what exactly you have to do to complete a reading exercise. Therefore, it is very important to read and understand instructions before starting to complete an IELTS reading task.

Error 2

Reading every single word in the three IELTS reading passages

There is no time to read the whole texts in the IELTS Reading test. You need to know what information you are looking for, where to find that information in the text, and just read the sentences that give you the answer.

Error 3

Reading the text before working with the questions

If you read the text before reading the questions you are simply wasting some valuable time. You should:

Read the question (Step 1)

Find out what information you need to answer the question (Step 2)

Skim and Scan the text to find the information you need (Step 3)

Read 2 sentences in the text and give the answer (Step 4)

Error 4

Not knowing where to find the answer in the text

There is not enough time to read the whole text to find where the answer of a particular question. Instead of reading a whole passage, you need to use reading techniques that help you identify the paragraph where the answer is. Once you create an idea of where the answer can be, you skim and scan the paragraph to find the key words.

Error 5

Reading more text than needed to answer a question

Test takers should not read more than TWO SENTENCES in the text to answer a particular question. If you read more than two sentences you will be exposed to many news ideas and it will be very difficult to find the right answer.

Error 6

Getting distracted by new words

There will always be a number of academic words in the IELTS reading passages that are seldom used in everyday life. Hence, most likely, you will always find new words in the reading texts. New words are not important though because, in the IELTS reading test, you should read for meaning rather than words.

Error 7

Doing only one type of reading (i.e. reading for understanding)

Research shows that test takers who perform well in the IELTS Reading Test use a variety of reading techniques, such as close reading (reading for understanding); skimming (getting a general idea), scanning (locating specific information); reflective reading (recognizing textual patterns); and so on.

Reading Mock Test (Academic)

You should spend about 60 minutes on this test.

Please note that there is no additional time to transfer the answers into the answer sheet.

Follow these steps to complete the Test:

  • Download the IELTS Reading Test (AC) (Click Here)
  • Download the Answer Sheet (Click Here)
  • Complete the Test in 60 minutes

Best of Luck!

ANSWER KEYS—Reading Mock Test (General)

Scores

1) Download the Answer Keys here Check your test (Answers should be grammatically correct and spelled correctly)

A guide to IELTS Reading Band Scores

Test takers score one point for every right answer they give.

IELTS AcademicPossible Band
1-21.0
3-42.0
5-83.0
9-124.0
13-154.5
16-195.0
20-225.5
23-266.0
27-296.5
30-327.0
33-347.5
35-368.0
37-388.5