BRZEE Academy IELTS READING tips on Speed Reading

What Is Speed Reading?

Speed reading is not only about reading fast. It is about the information you remember when you finish the reading. A Speed – Reading Competition named “The World Championship Speed-Reading Competition” claims that its top competitors read average between 1,000 and 2,000 words a minute. But the condition here is they must remember not less than 50 percent of this in order to qualify for the competition. If we talk about IELTS reading we have three to four paragraphs, which we have read, understand and find the correct answer within given time limit which is 40 minutes. So, speed reading is imperative in IELTS examinations.

Though there are various ways to build reading speed, the first and foremost step here is understanding what you actually have to find. For instance, if one needs just a rough outline of a document, then in this case skimming is the best choice and focusing on key facts will definitely help. Whereas, if you need a deep and detailed understanding of a paragraph, then it’s a must to read it slowly to understand. Even when you know how to avoid unnecessary ideas. There are other ways also to increase the reading speed. For instance, a number of people can read a lot faster when they read it silently. When you read each word aloud it takes time for the information to make a complete circuit in your brain before it’s pronounced. A few researchers claims that if first and last letters are in place, the brain can understand the arrangement of the other letters in the word because it logically puts each piece into place.                           

Difference between an avid reader and slow reader.

An avid reader reads a lot of words in each block. He or she only looks at each block for an instant and moves on. Very rarely will the reader’s eyes skip back to a previous block of words. This reduces the amount of work for the reader’s eyes. The reader is able to increase the amount of information that he can grasp over a given period of time. On the contrary, a slow reader spends a lot of time reading small blocks of words. He or she keep skipping back often, which loses his/her flow and structure of the text, and confuses their overall understanding of the subject. This inconsistent eye movement rapidly makes the reader tired. That’s why Poor reader tends to dislike reading because they feel it is difficult to concentrate and comprehend written information.

Ways to improve IELTS reading

Generally, we read at a faster pace if we want the general meaning of the text which is called Skimming or searching for specific words or phrases which is called scanning. Using these skills is necessary, but if we are just using these all the time, we will miss important details and the answers we get will be wrong. Let’s look into using the following techniques separately, sometimes to switch automatically and to use several at one time:


  • We should be skimming the content words only, for example- the nouns, main verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Don’t look at the words like the, a. in. is. Etc. Underline the key words in a few paragraphs. Then read it again.
  • Skimming each sentence from left to right will always help.
  • Try to use your own knowledge of grammar in understanding the different types of sentences and paragraph organizations for prediction and move around the passage.
  • Locate the concentration of the paragraph. It’s not always at the beginning.


  • Search for the words that relate to the general subject. They can be nouns, names, dates, etc.
  • Choose your scanning words very carefully. For instance, in True, False, Not Given, exercise read all the statements and look for words that are occurring frequently. These are most likely to be the general subject of the passage, so they will not help you scan.
  • See for the words and ideas that help you navigate the text. This tool is very efficient. Look for the questions together and not in isolation. The questions can be subdivided: two relating with one area of text; three to another, etc.
  • Connect and group the  questions, and use this to help you to jump around the text.

Some otherRules for speed reading in IELTS Exam

  • Provide the answers quickly and accurately. If you are not able to understand, leave it and back to it later
  • As the paragraphs are long in IELTS, you don’t have to read them in detail. Skim and scan it to find the correct information.
  • The level, the texts, and the tasks become difficult progressively. Hence, doing the earlier questions as quickly as possible will help, so that you give yourself more time for the difficult questions.
  • You have approximately one and a half minutes for each question.
  • Do need to panic if you are able to attempt three questions out of seven. Go through them repeatedly, but quickly.
  • Questions generally follow the order of the information in the paragraph. However, sometimes the questions in one section can overlap another and they may be jumbled.
  • The questions are mostly paraphrased text so look for the meaning in the text, not the exact words.

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