Video: Indirect questions

Narration: Some IELTS questions will require you to read very carefully to identify the real meaning of a sentence. Here are some examples of indirect meanings in a sentence. It is far from certain whether agreement will be reached regarding this issue. This sentence actually means it is uncertain whether agreement will be reached. A … Read more

Video: Qualifying words

Narration: When studying for the IELTS reading test, you should be using keywords, synonyms and rephrases to help you find the correct section of the reading passage to answer the question. Once you have found the correct section, you will often need to read the question again and then turn back to the passage and … Read more

Video: Reference words

Narration: In the IELTS reading test, you will need to be very careful of reference words. That is, words like this, that, he, she, it and they. They refer back to previous parts of the reading passage and tell you exactly what the current sentence is talking about. Here is an example passage. The words … Read more

Full vocabulary example

Spend some time looking at the text below and try to work out what the missing words could be. NB You are not looking for an exact word, just an approximate idea of what the word would be. There are, of course, climatic reasons to explain why many areas of the earth are uninhabited. Excessive … Read more

Video: Unknown vocabulary

Narration: A common difficulty in the IELTS reading test is when you find a word that you do not recognise. Many candidates make the mistake of spending some considerable time reading the word and the sentence it is in trying to understand what it means. This, of course, takes valuable time and may not necessarily … Read more

Unknown vocabulary

If you find a word you don’t know during the IELTS test, what you would do? Ignore it? Keep reading and hope you can work it out? Finding vocabulary that you don’t know in the middle of your reading test can be a significant problem, so you need a plan for what you should do. … Read more