READING TIPS

DOs
  • Read the instructions for each set of questions very carefully. The instructions will tell you where to find the answers, what you need to do, what kind of answer is required, and how many words you need to write.
  • Make a quick read of the text so you get the main topic.
  • Underline key words and phrases when you read as well as paying attention to key words in the questions.
  • If you copy words from the text, check out for spelling mistakes.
  • If you write the answers yourself, check your grammar.
  • You should try not to worry too much about the presence of unknown words, and you should also practise guessing meaning from context. Try not to look up every unknown word in the dictionary.

DON'Ts
  • Don't read the text once for each question. Some tasks require to look for details, so read quickly to find them.
  • Don't read from the beginning each time if you know the answers are in order in the text.
  • If you don't know an answer, don't worry. You can go back later.
  • If you don't know some words, don't worry. It may not be necessary to understand all the words in order to answer the questions correctly.

DICTIONARY USE: When you find a new word while reading, finish the sentence (better: the paragraph). If you haven’t guessed the meaning and it still seems important, then you can look it up. To avoid interrupting your reading for too long, you should find its meaning in your own language using a bilingual dictionary.

TO IMPROVE YOUR READING SKILLS
Try to read regularly. For example, read for a short time once a day. Fifteen minutes every day is better than two hours every Sunday. Fix a time to read and keep to it.