Students are always asking me how they can improve their reading mark in the IELTS exam. This is a tricky one! The answer is that you need to do a lot of reading in English. But what should you read? I am always on the look out for the kind of articles that appear in the IELTS exam. These are often popular scientific articles which are written for non-specialists just like the ones you can read on the How Stuff Works website. The page on the How Stuff Works website on Endangered Species is typical of IELTS reading texts. If you read one every day to get fit for your exam you’d probably be improving your chances of getting a better mark. Try it out here.