How Reading Can Improve Your Score - IELTS University (Singapore)

How Reading Can Improve Your Score

There are instances when preparing for the ielts exam can actually be pleasurable. It sounds strange, but it is in fact true. In order to prepare for the exam, you will have to strike the correct balance between improving your exam techniques and actually improving your English language skills. One of the best ways to do the latter is to read for this article I will show you how the simple act of reading on a daily basis can help you to substantially improve your scores in all four key ielts areas.

Writing Module

If you want to improve your writing techniques, the you should start reading first.

Reading for enjoyment can help you to understand how writers typically structure their texts and how this order helps with the coherence of a passage or paragraph. Active reading can also help you to word choice strategies, and syntax control that you’ll want to incorporate into your own writing skills. You get to see how different words, phrases and grammar features can be used to produce complex sentence structures.

Improving Your Vocabulary

When you read, you naturally come across new words or phrases. You also get the added benefit of seeing how these words are used naturally in different grammatical contexts. Doing this will give you a better understanding of how a word should be used and you can try and work out what they mean from the context in which you read them. Improving your vocabulary is useful for both the writing and speaking tests. Since one of the main criteria for achieving a band 7 in both writing and speaking involves the use of uncommon vocabulary.

Listening Module

As surprising as it might sound, reading can also help you improve your listening skills. When you practice for the listening exam, by listening to different types of recordings, you should also get the transcripts of these recordings. You can read along with the script as you listen to the recording. This will help you to get used to searching for keywords and understanding the accents of different speakers. This is also a good way to recognize that keywords are usually emphasized during the recording, and you will also get used to the pronunciation and spelling of unfamiliar words.

What Should You Read?

I recommend that you try to expose yourself to as many different types of reading materials as possible, such as books, newspaper articles, online publications, academic materials, even social media. Reading a variety of written content will help improve your reading skills and widen your vocabulary.