IELTS Reading: Top 10 Tips


Hello. My name is Emma, and in today’s video,
we are going to talk about the reading module of the IELTS. I’m going to tell you some of my
top IELTS reading tips. So let’s get started. During the reading module of the IELTS, there
will be three passages that you read, and for each passage, there are a bunch of questions
you have to answer. The first tip I have for you is: don’t spend too much time reading the
passages. What happens to a lot of students is they read word-for-word everything. They
see a word they don’t know, they keep trying to understand the meaning. You don’t have
to understand everything to understand the passage. If you don’t
know a word, that’s fine. The better thing to do than to slowly read is
to use skills such as skimming which means you quickly read for the main idea or scanning,
meaning you look for key words or you look for specific detail. A lot of students, what
they do for the IELTS is they will actually read the questions first, and then they will
read the passage. And that way, they… They know what they’re looking for. You don’t have
to do this; it’s one technique. Some students find this a lot easier, other students like
to read the passage first and then answer the questions. I recommend trying both out.
First do the reading, then the questions, then try to read the questions first and read
the passage and see what you like better, what you’re more
comfortable doing. So the key thing here is: don’t read slowly.
It’s a timed test, you have three parts you have to get through, 40 questions; it’s very
important that you read quickly. You can start practicing reading quickly also. There are
a number of resources out there where you can actually start practicing. And time yourself
when you practice, make sure you’re not going over time. Number two, similar to number one, my tip
is: don’t spend too long on each question. Some of the questions are difficult-they’re
possible, you can do well on them-but some of them, you might be reading and you might
think: “Oh, I don’t know what the answer is,” and you might look at it, and think, and try,
and try, and try. Well, the problem is if you spend too much time on a question, there
are 40 questions and the one hour limit for the test, it goes by very quickly. So you
can spend too much time on each question. So what I recommend is read a question, try
to figure out the answer. If you don’t know it, you can put a star beside it and come back
after. Don’t spend too long on any question. You can also take a guess,
move on, and come back later. My third tip: spend less time on earlier questions.
For the reading module, the… Like I said, there are three passages. The first passage
is the easiest, then the second passage, and then the third question. If you spend all
your time on the first passage, you’re not going to have time to do the second and the
third. And, like I said, the first one is easier. So a good idea is to spend less time
on the first passage, maybe about 17 minutes, then the second passage maybe spend about
20 minutes, and the third passage maybe 23 minutes. You don’t have to follow this exactly,
but the main idea is spend less time on part one, more time on part three
because part three is harder. My fourth point is: make sure you have enough
time to transfer your answers. They will have an answer sheet and you’re supposed to write
your answers on it. It’s very important to leave yourself time to transfer your answers
from your test paper to the answer sheet. A lot of students, they work through the booklet
and then they realize there’s no time to transfer their answers, so make sure
you leave time for this. Okay, my fifth tip is a very, very common
error students make: three words or less. In the reading section, also in the listening,
in the instructions you will also… Or you will often see the words: “Write three words
or less.” They mean: write three words or less. A lot of students write too many words
here. So, for example: if I’m talking… If I’m doing a reading on archeology and, you
know, I have to write an answer and my answer is: “the tomb of the Pharaoh”, for example.
This is a Pharaoh, if you don’t know, ancient Egypt. If the instructions tell me: “write
three words or less”, and my answer is: “the tomb of the Pharaoh”, I’ve written way too
many words. I’ve written one, two, three, four, five, so that’s too many. So I would
get this wrong on the IELTS, get a big “X”. Even though my answer was right, because I
didn’t follow the instructions and I wrote too many words, I’m going to get it wrong.
So what would be the correct answer in this case is: “the Pharaoh’s tomb”. This is three
words. So in this example, that would be correct; we haven’t gone over three words. Also, I
could write for these questions maybe one word or maybe two words. I can write one,
two, or three words – no more than that. Very common mistake. Number six is another common mistake students
make, their spelling. A lot of students forget that the reading section also has a writing
component and that is you have to write your answers. You also have to spell your answers
correctly, and many students, unfortunately, make spelling mistakes. So it’s very important
to practice spelling before you do the IELTS. It will help you with the listening section,
the writing section, and the reading section. I can’t emphasize this enough. Smelling…
Spelling… Not smelling. Spelling matters. Okay? One idea is you can get a book and any
time you spell a word wrong, write it in your book and practice those words. Have a spelling
book for yourself so you can see which words you often make mistakes with. Number seven, a lot of students also make
this mistake with grammar. You have to use the correct grammar when you’re answering a
question. So, for example, sometimes maybe the answer is: “castles” with an “s”, but a
student might write the singular version in their answer, maybe they just write: “castle”
but the correct form would be with an “s”. So you always have to be aware of grammar.
The best thing to do is after you write your answer, check it to see if the grammar makes
sense. Were they looking for singular answer? Were they looking for a plural answer? Okay? So
that’s very important to keep an eye out for. Finally, my last… My last tip for today is:
a lot of students don’t read the instructions properly. This is a very, very big mistake to
make. A lot of students, they’ve done lots and lots of IELTS tests and they think they
know it, so they don’t bother reading the instructions. Always read the instructions.
Even if you’ve done a hundred IELTS tests, read the instructions just to make sure. For
example, some common mistakes that happen is for multiple choice in the reading section,
maybe the question will ask you to choose two answers and if you don’t read the instructions
properly, you might just pick one. Or maybe it asks you to pick three answers. So it’s very
important to read the instructions properly. Another common issue with instructions is people
confuse: “Not Given”, “Yes”, “No” questions with: “Not Given”, “True”, or “False” questions.
They’re different. So by reading the instruction, hopefully you can see the differences. And
then when you’re supposed to write: “Yes”, you don’t write: “True”, and when you’re supposed
to write: “No”, you don’t write: “False”. So make sure you don’t mix those
questions up. Read the instructions. So, in order to practice the IELTS, I invite you
to come visit our website at www.engvid.com. We have a quiz there on some of these tips
you’ve just learned. And also, I would recommend visiting another site: www.goodluckielts.com
for a lot more information on the test. I know you’re going to do well on test day.
So good luck. I’m rooting for you; I know you’re going to do a good job.
Until next time.

100 thoughts on “IELTS Reading: Top 10 Tips

  • February 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Ur cute ♥ thankx for the tips

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  • February 19, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    How to prepare Ietls in 3 hours?

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  • February 20, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Informative

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  • February 21, 2019 at 6:34 am
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  • February 21, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    I got very poor mark in reading section . Actually time is very short for reading . Huge passage less time, and they don't allow to wrist watch. Horrible!

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  • February 22, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Tomorrow is my exam and I just started my preparation, Damn!

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  • February 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    passagae 3 is harder that part 2?
    So as part 2 than 1?

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    Yuh have said to give 10 tips. But there are only 8 tips . what the hell why arere yuh lying to all viewers ?

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  • February 23, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    sister how i can improve my spelling mistakes

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Should we use British or American English in regards to spelling? It does vary, for example colour vs color, internalise vs internalize. Which is appropriate for IELTS?

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  • February 24, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    I need 8.5.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    Emma, you're an amazing teacher!

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  • February 26, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    I have a doubt in True, False and Not Given type of question,
    On answer sheet what form of answer I should write, I mean, should I write
    1: T, F or NG
    2: True, False or Not given
    3: TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN
    4: true, false or not given

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  • February 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Lot of wonderful guidness so every person do follow of this video

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  • March 1, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    she is very positive and motivated i like her positive energy. 🙂

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  • March 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Smelling 😄

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  • March 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Smelling 😄

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  • March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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  • March 13, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    I feel sad for that star 2:52

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  • March 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    I'm interested for online orders course

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  • March 22, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    I appreciate this a lot.

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  • March 23, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Sometimes smelling also matters:)

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  • March 25, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    I am Filipino and I passed IELTS.
    for some tips PM me 😇

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  • March 25, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    can we write all the answers in upper case?
    thankyou

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  • March 25, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    Thank you teacher

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  • March 28, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    thanks that help me alot 😀

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  • March 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    Great job….a big thumbs up!!

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  • April 2, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Hahahahahaha shouldn´t there be 10 tips? hahahahah, anyways thank you for the advices!

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  • April 5, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Are the questions asked in the main ilets reading exam are easier than the ……practise papers

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  • April 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    They dont give you time to transfer answers in reading test as you are writing them directly on the answer sheet, the transfering part happens in listening

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  • April 8, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    – TIP –
    My personal tips on learning english ? Binge watch your favorite movies and TV shows in english without subtitles, Do not try to learn anything, instead just watch the show and your brain will do the rest. Read and speak as much english as possible online, Chat with people in english, watch english YT videos on any subject and when ever you catch a word you don't know, look it up on google – straight away – Type the word + ''meaning'' and google, again, the answer should also be in english, Everything english. Change your pc's language settings to english, All this forces you to think in english. When ever you do any kind of YT search do it in english, That way you come accross even more words you can learn. Watch verbose and articulate narrators, Like Sam Vaknin, who covers a lot of ground. Podcasts, audiobooks, livestreams and anything you like to listen to is available in english on YT. Do these things and watch at least 100+ Movies or shows and I guarantee you your english will improve at least 50%. This is the way children learn and let's face it, nobody learns faster, easier and more complete than a child. That's because they're doing it all the time. So what ever it is you're learning, Stop studying and create some leverage for yourself by setting yourself up to do the thing automatically and in the most enjoyable way. Who cares how you got there, even when you're driving you wanna let the car do the work 😉 Good luck ><

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    the 3 lesson does not make sence because you have 1 our and 17 min on the first passage and then 20 min on the second passage and 23 on the 3rd then if you add it up you cant do the questions because those min add up to an our

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  • April 15, 2019 at 6:31 am
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    Hey Emma how you doing
    I am doing NEBOSH is has some command words you Cn check them many students fail the examinations because of the commonnd words.what I am trying to say is please make a videos of commad words use in NEBOSH I am sure you will many viewers..

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  • April 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    Thankyou😊🙏🙏

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  • April 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    I love you Emma

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  • April 19, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    Pharaoh’s 💪

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  • April 19, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    I haven't been in an exam yet, could you please tell me how they hand the reading papers, are they clipped together or just separate papers? it is important for me to know. Thank you.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Plss give me easy way of reading in ielts

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    people plz undestand that ilets is all about luck i did exactly what she said before watching any video. no body answers for sure all candidats just throw answers then luck comes into play. whta is the need of practcing millions of listening audios, while you will work for ones you have never heard during the exam. work on your language in general for writing and speaking, but leave speaking and reading to how much you are lucky in life.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Hi Emma I just wanted to find out if you have any books out (which you wrote by yourself ) that could be a help with reading

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  • April 26, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    What will happened to my score if i leave a blank answers???

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  • April 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    Thank you I wish the same thing for me

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  • May 1, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Right now but I'm sure you please send a good example we have to remember she is right now but each time you please email address and the weather was perfect

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  • May 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    Before I got 30+ in readings but now i have bored from reading i am getting only 19+ and less will you help me how can i improve more.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    thank you too much mrs emma for your great job , ALLAH bless you

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  • May 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Today was my result
    S 5.5
    L 6
    W 5
    R 6 plz tell should I go for rechecking or not

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  • May 12, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    I always confuse FALSE – NOT GIVEN. TRUE is fact but I cannot notice that information was given or not. It's the way I can't focus on it 🙁

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  • May 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    I just took my SATs today: Spelling puntuation and Grammer

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  • May 15, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Thanks a lot Emma for the tips

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  • May 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Madam, can you share how can we answer the summary questions and yes/no/not given type questions without reading the passage in full?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    oh wait, so 60 minute given is the times for answering question + for transferring anwer or only for answering question wtht tranferring time?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    i m just seeing this, cz she's cutee

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  • May 21, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Good morning mam.I do not know how to speek english very well so please tell me that site where we can do speeking face to face.🙏🙏

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  • May 22, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    What's harder, TOEFL or ielts ?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    I Appreciate your help. Thanks

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  • May 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    my test is tomarrow!!!

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  • May 28, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Thank you, very useful video 🙂

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  • May 28, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Having my test in 4 days and i am paranoid AF. The first time i did a reading test, i go 8 and i was like “Damn, i’m good”. Can you guess what happened the second time, boom, 5.5. I spent too much on the second passage staring at some questions and trying to figure out what the answer was. I’m definitely not gonna repeat this mistake again. Wish me luck!!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Is T F or NG in order ?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    Love you madam.
    Very nice class

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    I love your videos! You're a lovely teacher ❤

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Thanks miss emma.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    omg thank you sooooo much emma i passed because of you, thank you

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  • June 6, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    Thx For The Help

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  • June 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    says 10 tips, gives 8…

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  • June 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    Great work mam

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  • June 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    Pray for me I have exam tommrow

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  • June 11, 2019 at 8:09 am
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    Thank you Ema for your reading tips. Nice to know your channel 🙂. Oyah, could you give the example of spelling part on reading test? Thank in advance.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    A like for having hopes that I'll do good in the exam. Thank you.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    I love the way you say…'Helooouuuu'

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  • June 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    What site we should visit?

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  • June 15, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    I am taking the ielts test june 22nd wish me luck

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  • June 16, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    nice information

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  • June 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    You don't know nothing "john snow"

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  • June 17, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    Thk u so much

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    Thanks sis

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  • June 23, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    Emma thank you

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  • June 27, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    I like the way u are explaining the subject . Bravoo and thanksss

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  • July 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    Greetings from Egypt. 🙂

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  • July 1, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Thank u mam

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    thanks mam

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  • July 6, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    It's a multiple choice. Write A, B, C or D next to the question.
    What does it mean next?

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  • July 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    I like you mam.l recently meet you.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    You are good teacher

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  • July 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    Hey 🙂
    I just did a practice reading test and made 10 mistakes. Does anyone know what score that corresponds to?
    Regards!!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Superb mam

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Thank you very much mam, your tips are very useful

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  • July 26, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    100 times. OMG I only have one chance🤓

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  • July 27, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    Emma my Teacher

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  • July 29, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    Thank you so much ma'am it is really helpful

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Anyway to contact??

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  • July 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I want individual 6 band score each module. But my reading is very pathetic. I want to improve my reading. Please help me

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    thank you

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  • August 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Awesome! Thank you

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Love you Emma and love Egypt too ❤️❤️

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:41 am
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    Spelling
    Grammar
    Yes no true false

    Always makes it wrong

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    I would like to say that if the aim of the reading test is to read the first sentence of the paragraph and the concluding one within one hour for a big amount of information. Then what is the result and the purpose of this this exam, just to guess or memorize or to pass or what. You didn't achieve any skill within this test. Sorry to say that is a failure in a language. in our native language (Arabic) , we dont have such ways. i am sorry to say this is a complication not a test.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    Thank You For Vedio

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Clickbait alert! You didn’t realise they just gave 8 tips

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