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Improve your Academic Reading skills with IELTSi

IELTS learners often tell us that it's difficult to understand what the test is assessing, and this makes it hard to prepare for. If this is a problem for you too, don't worry – you're not alone. Why not try IELTS intelligence?   IELTS intelligence (IELTSi) Academic Reading helps you to better understand the IELTS exam, to understand and improve your own skills, and develop your exam strategy. It’s been created through lots of research with self-study learners like you.  In IELTSi Academic Reading, you can test yourself with IELTS-style tasks, including True/False/Not Given, Yes/No/Not Given, Note Completion and Short Answer Questions. You’ll also get a personalised feedback report, created just for you. This report will show you the reading skills that each question was testing, why your answer was right or wrong, and give you some tips to improve your approach and focus your learning.    There are many different question types in the IELTS Academic Reading test. Each question type tests different skills in reading, so you need a good understanding of them all to be able to answer correctly. We explain these reading skills – called subskills – for each question type, so you can take charge of your own learning and get a better understanding of what you’re good at.   One of the most challenging things about IELTS Academic Reading can be the time limit of 60 minutes. There’s a lot of text to read and fully understand. It’s usually written in academic-style language too, which can be hard, especially if you’re not sure what the question is asking you to do.    The subskills we test in IELTSi are important because not only do they help you to do well in the IELTS test, but they also prepare you to read in a way that will help you when you’re in an academic setting, like university.  Let’s look at the subkills in more detail: Developing the skill of understanding main ideas helps you get used to an academic writing style; particularly how texts are organised, which will help you navigate texts. This means you’ll be able to read more efficiently, by going straight to the parts of the text which usually contain the main ideas and check them against the information that you need to find out in the questions.  It’s also important to recognise when finding details is what you’re being asked to do. We test this subskill using several question types, and help you understand when you should be looking for details, and whether those details are stated directly or indirectly.    Understanding sentences is also a key skill, both in IELTS and academic English. If you can understand sentences fully, this allows you to decide what the writer is trying to say or imply. IELTSi includes a number of question types that test and give advice on this skill.  For now, IELTS intelligence has one Academic Reading test available, along with your personalised feedback report. It should take about 45 minutes to complete the test and read all your feedback or you can stop and start again to suit you. Find out more by watching the video below: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/hy41ug1IckE.jpg?itok=RmvjyyN8","video_url":"https://youtu.be/hy41ug1IckE","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]}   We’re constantly developing IELTS intelligence based on our research with learners, so we’ll let you know when new skills and tests are available.   Emily Clarke, IELTS Intelligence Product Manager Claire Gilbert, Senior Assessment Manager

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19 October, 2020

Improve your Academic Reading skills with IELTSi

Improve your academic reading skill with IELTSi

IELTS learners often tell us that it's difficult to understand what the test is assessing, and this makes it hard to prepare for. If this is a problem for you too, don't worry – you're not alone. Why not try IELTS intelligence?

 

IELTS intelligence (IELTSi) Academic Reading helps you to better understand the IELTS exam, to understand and improve your own skills, and develop your exam strategy. It’s been created through lots of research with self-study learners like you. 

In IELTSi Academic Reading, you can test yourself with IELTS-style tasks, including True/False/Not Given, Yes/No/Not Given, Note Completion and Short Answer Questions. You’ll also get a personalised feedback report, created just for you. This report will show you the reading skills that each question was testing, why your answer was right or wrong, and give you some tips to improve your approach and focus your learning. 

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There are many different question types in the IELTS Academic Reading test. Each question type tests different skills in reading, so you need a good understanding of them all to be able to answer correctly. We explain these reading skills – called subskills – for each question type, so you can take charge of your own learning and get a better understanding of what you’re good at.  

One of the most challenging things about IELTS Academic Reading can be the time limit of 60 minutes. There’s a lot of text to read and fully understand. It’s usually written in academic-style language too, which can be hard, especially if you’re not sure what the question is asking you to do. 

 

The subskills we test in IELTSi are important because not only do they help you to do well in the IELTS test, but they also prepare you to read in a way that will help you when you’re in an academic setting, like university. 

Let’s look at the subkills in more detail:

  • Developing the skill of understanding main ideas helps you get used to an academic writing style; particularly how texts are organised, which will help you navigate texts. This means you’ll be able to read more efficiently, by going straight to the parts of the text which usually contain the main ideas and check them against the information that you need to find out in the questions. 

  • It’s also important to recognise when finding details is what you’re being asked to do. We test this subskill using several question types, and help you understand when you should be looking for details, and whether those details are stated directly or indirectly.   

  • Understanding sentences is also a key skill, both in IELTS and academic English. If you can understand sentences fully, this allows you to decide what the writer is trying to say or imply. IELTSi includes a number of question types that test and give advice on this skill. 

For now, IELTS intelligence has one Academic Reading test available, along with your personalised feedback report. It should take about 45 minutes to complete the test and read all your feedback or you can stop and start again to suit you.

Find out more by watching the video below:

 

We’re constantly developing IELTS intelligence based on our research with learners, so we’ll let you know when new skills and tests are available.  

Emily Clarke, IELTS Intelligence Product Manager

Claire Gilbert, Senior Assessment Manager

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IELTSi breaks reading texts down into chunks, so you can practise the subskills required for each question type. Learning tips give you exam strategy ideas and help you focus on what each question type is asking you to do.

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