How to get 8 band in IELTS reading?

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  • Jan 27, 2023 12:09 PM

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The IELTS reading test is designed to test your reading skills. This test requires you to answer 40 questions in 60 minutes. There is a different format and band score for IELTS academic and general training reading. In IELTS academic, there are three long passages to read and the word length of each passage is about 800-900 words long whereas in IELTS general training reading test, there are five sections. In order to get a band 8 in IELTS academic, you must get 35 or 36 out of 40 questions correct. For IELTS general, you must get 37 or 38 out of 40 questions correct. The main challenge in the IELTS reading exam is to manage time efficiently and answer all the questions. In the IELTS reading test, tips and tricks play a significant role and it helps you to answer questions comparatively quickly

In this blog, we will share with you the question types in the reading test and some tips that will help you to prepare well and get 8 band in IELTS reading module:

Question types: 

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Identifying a writer's views or facts
  • Identify the given information
  • Match the Headings
  • Sentence completion
  • Summary completion
  • Features matching
  • Matching sentence endings
  • Diagram labelling
  • Short-answer questions
  • Matching information
  • Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion

Preparation tips for the IELTS reading test that will help you to improve your score: 

Read more:

To improve your band score in IELTS reading, it is very important that you read as much as possible. Read various English books, newspaper articles, blogs, academic content etc. It will help you to speed up your reading and enrich your vocabulary. Practicing reading will help you read the passages in the exam more quickly, answer correctly and complete your exam within the given time frame.   

Skim through the passage:

Reading the complete passage will take a lot of time, and you might not be able to attempt all the questions in time. Skim the text and look for the main ideas because you do not need to understand the whole passage. To find the answer to the questions, focus more on headings and subheadings because it will help you to find the answer to your questions in the passage given. Try looking for the important parts that describe the passage.


Scanning means reading through the lines quickly and looking for a certain word or phrase. Scanning the text is a technique you can use to answer one-word questions easily. 

Identify the keywords

While skimming through the text, you must underline the keywords. Highlighting the keywords will help you quickly find answers to the questions. You can also search for the keyword in the questions and mark them to make it easier for you to find the same keyword in the text.

Manage your time

 Managing time in the IELTS exam is very important. In the reading section, there are 40 questions that you need to answer in 60 minutes. If you try to keep 20 minutes for each passage in the reading section, it may not work as you think. The first passage in the reading section is comparatively easy, and the difficulty level increases with each passage. It is always best to keep more time for the last difficult passage and manage your time accordingly. 

Keep the order

The questions follow the order of the text in most of the cases. if you are looking for the answer to the 4th question, it will be followed by the answer to question 3, and you can quickly skim and scan the text after followed by answer 3 to get an answer to your question 4.

 Avoid spelling mistakes:

If you want to score well in the IELTS reading and don't want the examiner to deduct your marks, you need to be careful of your spelling. Your spellings must be correct, and to make yourself certain, you can read all your answers once again as you complete your test.

Answer every question

There is no negative marking, and you will not lose any marks if your answer gets wrong. If you are left with some questions and running out of time, you should try to guess the answer and write it, and there are chances of getting the answers correct.


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