(shared from the official website of British Council)
Make the most of your Reading test :
- Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
- Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.
- Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.
- Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose.
- If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
- Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.
- The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.
- Do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it.
- Check your spelling.
- Be careful to use singular and plural correctly.
- Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions.
- If the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect.
- Pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect.
- Attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose.
- Check your answers