Understanding Reading Texts

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Reading in the IELTS, GRE, PTE, OET, TOEFL tests is not about reading aloud but being able to understand the texts. Sometimes understanding texts can be difficult due to unfamiliar words or challenging sentence structure.

There are various reasons for unfamiliar words. One of them could also be culture. For instance, an American may not know what a lorry is as they commonly use the word truck. The same goes with biscuits and cookies. This could be a hurdle to the test taker.

The second reason is perhaps a specialised word used only in particular professions. For instance, words like Soprano and tenor may not be known to a sports person. A examinee from India who might not have the experience of attending an Opera would have no clue what these words mean.

A challenging sentence structure can also pose many problems to a non-native English speaker.

Therefore, reading texts from different sources such as newspapers and magazines can certainly widen the resource of the examinee.  To score a 9.0 in IELTS general reading, the candidate needs to score at least 34 questions correct. This means that the candidate should understand the nuances of the language.

In this test, we have attempted to test the test takers on a few sentences which can be easily misunderstood.



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