As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I recently took an IELTS exam.
One of the things that is really important in the Reading portion of the exam, is the ability to read quickly and grasp information accurately. And obviously that’s not something that you can learn in a day. Speed reading is a skill that needs to be trained.
A while back, I tried a brain training app called Elevate.
It has different games that will train different skills, such as Reading, Listening, Speaking, etc.
When you start the app, there is an initial “test” that will evaluate your “level”. And then you can customize your training goals, you can choose to “improve focus while reading and listening” and/or “retain more of what you read and hear” and/or “improve your mental vocabulary”.
The app comes with a set of free games (in-app purchase to unlock more games), and every training session unlocks 3 games for the day that are relevant to your goals.
For IELTS Reading, I recommend the Processing Reading game, which shows you passages at increasing WPM (words per minute) and then it will ask you some questions regarding the passage.
This feels very similar to the IELTS Reading exam, except it really forces you to read faster while retain information accurately.
Another game that will help improve your reading is Memory, which is actually used for training Speaking. But since it tests your vocabulary, I think it will be pretty helpful in answering the Reading portion’s questions.
It is pretty straight forward, just type in the word described.
I think if you make it a habit to train, you’ll be pretty good at Reading in no time, and maybe perfect that IELTS exam!