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Key points for reading English texts

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First look at the photos and the headline and try to guess what the text is about.
Try to write in English what you notice from the headlines and photos.

Read the text quickly once, try to get a general idea (gist) of the text and practice the technique of skimming the text.
Once again, write what you learned from the text in English and compare it with your previous guesses.

This time, read the text carefully and highlight the words you do not know and try to guess their meaning according to the text.
Now you have to be very careful in reading the text and practice the technique of scanning the text.
Write in detail about what you read. Compare this text with the texts of the previous two steps.

Finally, look for words that you do not know the meaning of.
First try to guess the meaning of the words using the text.
Remember that you do not have access to a dictionary when you take the TOEFL or IELTS test, so you should be able to get the most out of the text.
If you need to use a dictionary, be sure to use an English to English dictionary.

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