Reading might just be the most undervalued language learning skill that there is. It is a fantastic way to enhance your vocabulary, understanding of grammar and even your speaking skills. It is essential to read on a daily basis and to read all types of texts.


Read for gist: it is a good idea to listen for general meaning, the gist of something means the “essence” of something. Therefore reading for gist is to focus on the basics of an audio or dialogue (What, Who, Where, When, Why). Reading for gist is often also known as skim reading.


Scan reading: scan reading is a process in which the learner searches for key information. This is a key process for exam technique and needs to be practised.


Highlighting: it is essential to get into the habit of highlighting key parts of the text while doing exams. This helps you to check your answers and also reduce the amount of information that you are trying to process.


Searching for synonyms: a key element of reading activities in language exams is the ability to identify synonyms and antonyms. For this reason, it is important to have a great understanding of synonyms and similar expressions in context.


Discarding: in many cases in language exams, reading activities do not depend so much on understanding the correct answer, they are passed by those who know how to discard incorrect answers. You must learn to know how to discard unnecessary information.

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