Second: scan the IELTS reading text
When it comes to scanning, you should look for keywords or specific details within the passage that were asked about in the question. They can be numbers, dates, times, and proper nouns or even verbs that you should locate within the text without reading it all.
Regardless of the type, follow the steps below to scan the text:
Underline the keywords in the question
You should know what you are looking for in the passage: the keywords mentioned in the question. Underline them so you can remember what they are.
Of course, in computer-delivered IELTS, there is no paper like paper-based IELTS, but you can highlight the keywords using the text highlighting function.
Underline the keywords within the text
Scan the passage with your eyes to find the keywords you underlined earlier. You can also move your finger or pencil on the paper if you are used to it. You can’t do it on the computer screen, but you can move the cursor if that helps you.
In either case, you are not necessarily reading the text but just moving your eyes along the lines. When you find a keyword, underline it so you can return to it later.
Skim the text before and after each keyword
This is to narrow down your options. You just need to read the sentences around each underlined keyword in the passage and compare them to the question. Once the obviously wrong answers have been crossed out, you are often left with a couple of options to choose from.