These are the reading IELTS instructions I provide to all of my IELTS students.

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1. Don't anticipate comprehending every word

2. Work on your reading abilities, NOT your IELTS abilities.

3. Pay VERY close attention to the directions.

4. Don’t panic

5. In actuality, it's a vocabulary exam

6. Timing is essential.

7. Disregard whatever prior knowledge you may have on the subject.

8. Exercise both fast and slow.

9. Exercise caution when transmitting your responses.