When you come to a new passage the first thing you should do is take a few seconds to look at the question types you're going to answer. You should be able to quickly identify what question type you'll need to answer. Then you want to go and skim the passage.
If you are taking the General Training IELTS exam, expect to spend about 30 seconds to 2 minutes skimming the shorter passages that come at the beginning of the General Training reading paper. At the end of the General Training Reading paper, you are going to have a longer passage.
All of the academic reading passages are long as well. For those, you should spend two to four minutes skimming the passage. You are doing this instead of reading it carefully from beginning to end. Reading carefully from beginning to end might take you 10 minutes or 12 minutes. So skimming is going to save you time. And if you do it strategically, you're going to get the information you need to approach the questions.
Your goal in skimming the passage is basically to get the gist of the article. You want to get some information as you are searching through the passage about what each paragraph is about.
An introduction to IELTS Reading Test is described in this section, in which a general format is mentioned.
A range of tips and tricks to address all types of questions in IELTS Reading Tests are provided in this section.
Different types of mini-tests that contain all types of IELTS Reading questions are provided so that IELTS learners can improve their reading skills then.
A list of IELTS Reading Practice Tests that are the same as the actual exam in terms of format and difficulty level is provided here for both Academic and General Training students.