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Skimming and Scanning Reading Techniques for IELTS Writing

Scanning is the process of quickly searching a passage for a specific word or term (e.g. a name or a date). Skimming is the practice of reading quickly without reading every word in order to gain an overall impression of a text or part of a text.


In the IELTS Reading Test, how do I skim and scan?

1. Go over all of the questions and highlight the key words/phrases.

2. Skim the text by reading the paragraph's headings, subheadings, and topic sentences.

3. Read the first question.

4. Scan the text for the answer (you can also mark the area where you found the answer)


How can we improve our IELTS skimming and scanning skills?

What are some techniques for skimming? Always consider the title, headings, and topic sentences in reading passages because they contain the main ideas. When skimming a reading passage, always read the major parts, such as the titles and headings, carefully.


What kinds of questions do you ask using skimming?

In Reading Comprehension exercises, there are two types of questions: Skimming Questions and Open-Ended Questions. They assess your overall comprehension of the text, such as what the topic is, what the main ideas are, what the point is in this or that section or the entire text...


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