IELTS Reading target 7+: A – Z Guide (Part 2)
IELTS Reading target 7+: A – Z Guide (Part 2) – 4-phase approach
Now, after understanding your weakness (vocabulary, grammar, reading speed or all), what you should do are keeping calm and following my lead. The strategy that I am about to introduce you comprises 4 phases corresponding to 4 levels: basic, intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced.
Phase 1: Basic
What to do?
You should only come to this phase once you are beginners. In fact, for this level, keeping yourselves enthusiastic is extremely important. Hence, you should avoid difficult materials as they may make you feel depressed and you are going to give up soon. Instead, you should choose to read texts that are short and easy. Specifically, you should choose to read about daily topics or ones that you are interested in.
In this phase, you can be free to collect vocabulary for daily topics (this may help you in speaking part 1) as well as refresh your mind for the next steps.
You should complete all SHORT and EASY reading passages in the file.
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Phase 2: Intermediate
What to do?
In this phase, you should do LONG but still EASY texts. Moreover, you should build a FAST reading SPEED skill along with find main ideas, guess words, and analyze sentences.
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Phase 3: Upper-Intermediate
What to do?
You should come to read SHORT but HARD articles. You could read any materials you found because it does not matter whatever you read. Instead, comprehending what you read does matter. Therefore, try to read and understand what you have read.
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Phase 4: Advanced
What to do?
At this step, you can practice tests in Cambridge series books and you will see the mystery.
Link to download FULL Practice Materials: https://goo.gl/4vrcTw
When can you progress to the next phase?
Many people may ask this question. To know whether you are qualified to move to next phase, you should practice according to this plan:
Step 1: First-time practice
Reading and timing your read. You should budget time allowed for each question.
- If you are beginners, allow you 3 minutes for each question.
- Intermediate learners should allow you 2 minutes per question.
- For upper and advanced learners, you should only take less than 1.5 minutes to solve a question.
If you are still not confident, you can do it again.
Step 2: Check with answer keys
After checking your answers with the answer keys, you should write down the date you do it and the number of correct answers. Be serious with yourself, don’t count answers that you did correctly by randomly guessing.
Step 3: Correct your answers by using a dictionary and learn vocabulary
You must understand why you did a question wrong and how to avoid this mistake.
Step 4: Continue the 3 steps above with other tests.
After 1 or 2 days, you should do the tests that you did in the previous days. In this phase, you will do these tests with the target of being correct at least 90-95% of questions. If you still cannot meet this target, wait 1 or 2 days (to forget the answer keys) and do they again. Otherwise, you can process to further steps.
That’s the end of IELTS Reading target 7+: A – Z Guide series.
To read part 1, please visit: IELTS Reading target 7+: A – Z Guide series (Part 1)
For strategies to tackle each type of reading questions, please read our IELTS Reading Resolution posts
The article was translated by our volunteer from Hai Vu – an IELTS teacher.