Online Self-study Courses

IELTS Reading Course

Study for IELTS in your own time, at your own pace.


Learn the reading exam techniques, practise with online exercises, and enjoy educational support. Learn more →

About this course

Course Description

With this Self-paced Online IELTS reading course, you won't need to leave home and go to class for your IELTS preparation! Instead, by taking this online IELTS reading course, you will learn from your video tutor, interactive exercises and receive educational support from an international team of experienced IELTS experts.

This course is for anyone who...

  • is at an Intermediate level or above.
  • wants control over their learning times.
  • needs to prepare for IELTS in a short time.
  • is looking for high quality private education at a low cost.

By the end of the course, you will...

  • be familiar with IELTS reading test format.
  • learn how to expand your vocabulary and how to guess unknown words effectively.
  • break your old bad reading habits (and replaced them with good ones!).
  • learn how to skim and scan.
  • recognize IELTS reading question types and learn how to approach them.
  • realize which IELTS reading question types are in passage order.
  • know which IELTS reading question types have their answer in one part of the passage.
  • master time management in the three IELTS reading sections.
  • be given any tips, strategies and practice you need for success at IELTS.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer (recommended) or a smartphone/tablet
  • Average speed Internet connection

Reading Course Syllabus

1    Introduction

1.1    About the Reading Test

1.2    Academic versus General Training

2  Vocabulary for Reading

2.1    Useful word lists and books

2.2    Dealing with Unfamiliar Words

2.3    Prefixes and Suffixes and Root Words

2.4    Dealing with Unfamiliar Words - continued

3  Reading Habits

3.1    Bad reading habits

4  Reading Skills

4.1    What IELTS tests

4.2    Skimming

4.3    Scanning

4.4    Reading for Detail

4.5    How to approach reading

5  Question Types

5.1    Golden Questions

5.2    Silver Questions

5.3    Iron Questions

6  How to Answer Golden Qs

6.1    T/F/NG and Y/N/NG

6.2    Short Answer Questions

6.3    Sentence Completion

6.4    Sentence Completion with a Box

6.5    Multiple Choice Questions

7  How to Answer Silver Qs

7.1    Labeling a diagram

7.2    Table Completion

7.3    Flowchart Completion

7.4    Note Completion

8  How to Answer Iron Qs

8.1    Summary Completion

8.2    Summary Completion with a Box

8.3    Classification

8.4    Matching People with Statements

8.5    Pick from a List

8.6    Paragraph Heading

8.7    Finding Info in Paragraphs

8.8    Global Multiple Choice Question

9  Time Management

9.1    Best Timing

10  Scoring

10.1    How to Calculate Your Score

11  Reading Tips

11.1    General Tips for the Reading Skill

12  Interviews with Candidates

12.1    Reading Tips from Other Candidates

About the Instructor

Mehdi Safavi is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA Grade A), IDP Education Australia certified IELTS expert, Sussex Downs College TESOL and British Council TKT with 16+ years of teaching & teacher training experience. Read more about him →

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this IELTS reading course?

This is a self-paced course, so you can study at your own pace! For example, if you study every day, you may finish this IELTS reading course in about a week, but if you can only study the lessons on weekends, it can take you about 30 days to complete. However, to make sure you can finish your courses at your convenience, we keep your access to the Academy open for 70 days (more than twice the time you actually need to complete the course!)

Will I have a live teacher?

No, but there is a teacher in pre-recorded video lessons on the IELTS Juice website. You will receive the tips and strategies from video tutor and practice them with lots of online exercises. Although there is no live teacher to explain things, our educational support team will always be happy to answer the questions you ask under each lesson.

Is a high speed Internet connection necessary?

Not really. The good news is that the video lessons are prepared in a way that even very low-speed Internet users are able to view them with no problems.

How many days/hours do I have to study?

You can study any time of the day and as long as you can! In self-paced courses, you won’t have to go online at specific times. But generally, we recommend about 2-4 hours of studying each day if you are aiming for a high score in the IELTS reading test. Don't forget to one day off in a week to take a break :).

Will I need any books to study during this online IELTS reading course?

Nothing except Cambridge IELTS books 6-11 which should be used as your practice material. Everything else is provided by the IELTS Juice Online Academy. There are interactive online exercises and downloadable materials that will be more than enough for your IELTS preparation.

What if I have questions during the course?

Don't worry! In each lesson, there is a Questions and Answers section where you can write your questions and get answers. Our educational support team will reply to your comments as soon as humanly possible.

Do you have any other questions?