IELTS READING: SCANNING THE PASSAGE
11 Dec 2014 admin
Scanning is a speed reading technique that you can use to save time in reading a passage, which is very helpful in taking a timed test like the IELTS. Although it is the same with skimming in process, scanning is different in purpose. It aims at spotting a specific name, date, statistic, or fact without entirely reading the passage. This can be accomplished by simply following required specific steps.
When scanning …
- Make sure that you always have in mind what you’re searching for. Keeping the image of the word or idea clearly in mind will give you better chances of that word or idea appearing more clearly than the surrounding words.
- Anticipate the form of the information – numbers, proper nouns, etc.
- Check the way the content is organized before scanning. If it is common and fairly brief, you can pull off a single scan of the entire passage. If it’s quite long and difficult, you may have to do a preliminary skimming to identify which part to scan.
- Once you spot the information you have been searching for, it is a must that you read the entire sentence to get the full gist of it.
- Remember that in scanning, you must be willing to skip over large chunks of text without reading and understanding them.
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