IELTS instructor: Fazlur Rahman Rafah
If you’re wondering how to improve your IELTS Reading score, then you’re in the right place! In this post, we’ll take a look at how to get a good score in IELTS Reading (or how to give your existing band scores a boost). As you work on your IELTS Reading section, keep in mind that moving up a full band score may require significant improvements to your English skills. If you feel you understand the test well and your strategies are sound, it may be that you have to put in the time and effort to improve your English, rather than working primarily on test-taking strategies.
Improving your band scores for each section of the IELTS is the only way to boost your overall IELTS score, which is an average of your four sectional scores, so you’re off to a good start by working on your reading. Luckily, we can learn a lot from the IELTS reading rubric and IELTS reading band descriptors provided by the IELTS test makers.#
IELTS Reading is scored in bands from 1-9, and includes half bands (for example, 4.5 and 5.5). There are 40 questions overall on IELTS Reading, meaning that if you want to move up to the next full band, this means that you’ll have to answer up to 6 more questions correctly. This can seem daunting, particularly if you have just taken the test and expected to score in a higher band. However, a lot happens during the IELTS exam, and understanding how you performed can help you reach a higher band the next time.
What does this look like? Here’s an overview of the IELTS band scores, straight from the official test-maker.#
Finally, if the test format itself is not the challenge, improving your English skills by building reading into your daily schedule is a fantastic way to boost your IELTS Reading band score over time.
You don’t need to read for hours and hours each day to improve reading comprehension. Students who spend 15-30 minutes reading IELTS-like material each day will see improvements over time. This isn’t a shortcut, but it is the best way to improve reading comprehension over time.#
Practice skimming and scanning techniques that will help you move more quickly through the test
Improve your English vocabulary
Become familiar with IELTS reading question types
Understand the Reading band descriptors
Practice reading IELTS-level material.