As I mentioned before, there is no secret techniques for IELTS Reading test. However, I do have some advices that I would like to share with you.
The following sentence gives a suggested order in which to look at the information in any of the 3 sections of the Reading Test:
“To Have Bright Prospects, Intelligently Answer Each Question”.
Read each section of the test in the order given by the first letter of each word of the sentence:
T – The Title of a reading text (if one is given) should give you an idea about the main topic of the text. If you do not understand the meaning of the title or some of the words it contains, it does not matter. Try and work out the meaning of the title while you continue to read.
H – If Headings are given for a section of a piece of text, they can help you to predict what the text is about.
B – Bold printed words indicate that those words are of some importance. They can also help you to predict information contained in a text.
P – It is said that a Picture is worth a thousand words. Always look at illustrations, figures, charts, and other visual clues within a reading section. They often make information in the reading passages more clear.
I – The Instructions contain important information that you must read. If you do not read the instructions, you will almost certainly answer some of the questions in the wrong manner. The instructions many also contain clues about the information contained in the texts.
A – What kind of Answers do you need to give? The instructions will tell you. The kind of answers that are required also tell you more about the information within the texts. Is the answer a name? a date? a number? etc.
E – The Example not only provides you with the correct way to answer the questions, it tells you, in summarized form, more about the text itself. You are not wasting time by examining the example and the answer it gives.
Q – Finally, the Questions themselves provide valuable hints about the ideas contained in the texts as well as specific information to look for on your first reading.
All of the above should be quickly examined before you read the texts in any detail. It will make scanning a passage much easier, and will help you to predict a large amount of information.