Reading Trick to Score Band 9

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Reading Trick to Score Band 9

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Cambridge English Academy (CEA India) is the only academy in Delhi for many aspirants looking to studying abroad. A platform where you can get desired IELTS Band and accomplish the assured results. Our scoreboard itself speaks many success stories. Here in this blog, we will help you to gain Band 9 in Reading by sharing few tips below:-

In Reading, we will get questions in different categories. It will be divided into Multiple Choice Questions, Fill in the Blanks, Choose the correct letter from the list given in the box, Choose the two statements out of the five from the given text, Which paragraph contains the following information, and at last True/False/Not Given or Yes/No/Not Given.

Now, it’s important to note that each category has its own tricks to solve. First of all, we will start with True/False/Not Given category.

To excel in this category, there are few steps that we need to understand and follow. Before we start, it is important to understand the meaning of “True” and “Yes” which closely means the same but has a vast difference between them. As a student of IELTS, it is expected to have a good command of the language. Therefore, “True” means correct and “yes” means “agree”.

To quote here, you have to initially take care of instructions because some students does not read it thoroughly and make this mistake by writing True instead of Yes or vice-a-versa.

Steps to solve True/False/Not Given or Yes/No/Not Given:-

  1. Read the Question first and underline the key information.

  2. Identify Game Changer words like one, first, must etc.

  3. Divide the sentence into “Subject” and “Object”.

  4. If your Subject and Object justify the statement in the given paragraph,h then it is True/Yes, If Subject or Object contradict,s then it is False/No and if any one part is missing in the paragraph, it is not given.

  5. Read carefully and decide your answer.

For example:

  1. People nowadays regard children’s play as less significant than they did in the past.

Subject- People nowadays regard children’s play.

Object- less significant than they did in the past.

Keywords- regard, less significant, play, past.

Game changer- nowadays, less significant and past,

Now read:  “Somehow the importance of play has been lost in recent decades. It’s regarded as something trivial, or even as something negative that contrasts with "work”. 

Explanation: “In recent decades” means “Nowadays” attitudes to play have, therefore, changed. It is now considered to be something unimportant or even negative.

“Has been lost” means loss of importance as compared to the past.

“Significant” man’s importance.

Ans: Therefore, the answer is “TRUE”.

  1. Children had problems thinking up ideas when they first created stories with Lego.

Extract: Children wrote longer and better-structured stories when they first played with dolls representing characters in the story. In the latest study, children first created their story with Lego*, with similar results. "Many teachers commented that they had always previously had children saying they didn't know what to write about.

Subject- Children had problems thinking up ideas.

Object- When they first created the story with Lego.

Game changer words- first created story.

Explanation- Look at the first sentence (better-structured stories when they first played with dolls).  The sentence itself says that first children created stories with dolls, not with Lego. Hence, the answer contradicts the statement. Therefore, it is FALSE”.


  1. Playing with dolls was found to benefit girls’ writing more than boys’ writing.

Extract:  Children wrote longer and better-structured stories when they first played with dolls representing characters in the story. In the latest study, children first created their story with Lego*, with similar results. "Many teachers commented that they had always previously had children saying they didn't know what to write about.

Subject- Playing with dolls was found to benefit girls.

Object-writing more than boys’ writing.

Game changer words- benefit girls writing more than boys writing.

Explanation- This extract gives us information about how children benefit from the play but it does not describe or state any information that girls have got more benefit in writing than boys. Therefore, it is “NOT GIVEN”.


Frequent Asked Questions:-

Question 1: What happens if I write True, False, and Not Given for Yes, No, Not Given questions?

Answer: Unfortunately, it will be incorrect and you will get a zero mark for it because instructions specifically mention to write True/False or Yes/No.

Question 2: Can we write T F NG instead of True False Not Given?

Answer:  Yes you can I recommend it to save time. If you write Yes No Not Given (or Y N NG) this is also acceptable and you will not lose points.

Question 3: In the IELTS, how can we tell the difference between true and false?

Answer: IELTS Reading: 5-Step Solving Strategy True, False, and Unanswered Questions

STEP 1: Determine the statement's keywords.

STEP 2: Look for words that are comparable in the passage.

STEP 3: Compare and contrast the keywords and comparable words.

STEP 4: Determine whether they are synonyms, opposites, or whether no match exists.

Note: Please read the article to get the clarity for the same.

Question 4: Is it okay if I use capital letters for writing answers?

Answer:  We recommend that you write all of your Reading and Listening answers in capital letters so that the examiner can see them. Handwriting is not an issue in computer-delivered IELTS, thus you should aim to write all words in upper and lower case.

Question 5: Is getting a 7 in IELTS Reading is difficult?

Answer: It is not impossible, but it does require effort. More realistic students tend to be in the Band 6.5 range and desire a Band 7. In this instance, their weak areas are readily remedied, and they have good vocabulary and grammar overall.


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