The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Reading module provides an individual with an opportunity to fully evolve his or her analytical skills. We have already understood the pattern that the Reading module works upon, the various question types and the related skills / strategies on how to tackle them, and the module as a whole. Let us now focus on the most common errors that the candidates make and how to rectify them as well.
The first error that is observed, and which is the most common is not following the right techniques of skimming and scanning through the lines. Skimming a particular line means to focus on maximum four to five words per line. But a lot of students end up jumping or skipping the lines in the middle. Please note that all lines are important and contain valuable information about the question asked. Thus, the test taker must skim each line, but never skip a line which can end up in diverting him or her from an important information and result as an error.
The second reason why a candidate can end up making a mistake is when he or she has not read the instructions carefully. The person must patiently go through the instructions provided for a particular set of questions. This would make it easy for them to imbibe the relevant information from the text and filter out the non-essential details. Even in the case of reading through the question statement, the individual must make sure that the key information is identified, any unfamiliar words must be replaced by their synonyms for better understanding. It is ok to mentally assume a response, but until and unless it is not validated by the writer in the written content, it must not be put forth as the answer.
Another really familiar area in which a lot of errors are observed is time management. This is really crucial and can make or break the effort put in by the test taker. One must realize that there is only an hour in which he or she must complete all the three sections consisting of written text (of certain word limits – some long, some comparatively smaller) with thirteen to fourteen questions each (forty questions in total). Thus, the person should not give more than one and a half to two minutes to find a response. Please note that its ok to leave questions in the middle. The task is to attempt all the forty questions by the fifty-fifth minute and use the rest of the remaining time to complete the ones which were left unanswered. Each question carries one score, thus non of the questions must be left unanswered.
The last, but the most uncommon error might be due to spelling errors. These are not common since all the answers in IELTS Reading module are provided inside the text.Thus, it would be sheer carelessness if the candidate ends up making such an avoidable error.
At Reknown Edu Services a student is trained effectively by first introducing him or her to the basic concept of reading comprehension, the structure of reading module, its outline function, the skills and strategies for answering all the different types of questions. We make the class room environment more discursive, rather than just a one way lecture. The students are encouraged to raise doubts, defend their responses.The trainers always wish their students to become independent thinkers, who analyze and judge a situation as accurately as possible with more practice and learning.