Academic Reading Preparation (Part3)

IELTS Academic Reading Preparation: Part #3

Question Types:  Notes / table / form / summary / flow chart / diagram completion.

These questions ask for specific information.
 
There are two types of these completion questions in the IELTS reading exam.

    1) With a selection of possible answers.
    2) Without a choice of possible answers.

These questions require you to:

   » Insert a word or phrase in the middle of a sentence.
   » Insert a word in the middle and another word at the end of a sentence.
   » write words or phrases that are not in sentences
   » write a letter that represents a word or phrase

For Type 1 questions, the words or phrases provided will be different from the words in the text. There will be more words than gaps.

Type 2 questions are similar to the short answer questions in that they will tell you to write your answers in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

So you can answer with one word, two words or three words but no more. As with short answer questions: Also note that the answers should not require a hyphenated word (e.g. non-smoker) or a contraction (e.g. They’ve). If the answer requires a number, you can write it as a numeral (e.g. 6) or a word (e.g. six) or a combination (e.g. 6 million).

Type 1
Health Problem       ---         Food

High blood pressure                (1) ...........
& cholesterol               
Cancer of the Colon                (2) ...........
Heart Disease                        (3) ...........
Infections                              (4) ...........
Diabetes                               (5) ...........
 
A.  oats & rice
B.  honey
C.  corn & wheat
D.  spices
E.  nuts & seeds
F.  herbs
G.  oils

Type 2
Complete the notes below:

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the reading passage for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 6-8 on your answer sheet.
" Some foods like shellfish, meats and ...6... may cause food poisoning if they have been infected by ...7... One of the most common types of food poisoning is ...8... .

How to answer these completion questions:

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Look at the table or form etc carefully:

   » Examine any headings or subheadings.
   » Try to get an idea of the topic.
   » Decide what section of the passage the exercise covers.
   » Anticipate grammatical form as well as vocabulary.
   » If a box of answers is given, see if you can guess any of the matches & eliminate unlikely answers.
   » If the question is in the form of a table, work out which way it is best to read it – horizontally or vertically.
   » If the question is in the form of a summary, read through it first and see if you can guess any of the missing words.

  • Take each gap one by one and search the text for the best word(s) to fill the gap.

Remember:
If there is a box of answers, there will be at least two you don’t need.
If there is no box, the answer could be one word, two words or three words but not four or more.
If you think you need more than three words your answer is probably incorrect.
There may be alternative rubrics for these completion questions e.g. ‘complete the notice’ or ‘complete the explanation’ or ‘complete the news report’.

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0 # Pavithra Ap 2016-11-11 21:57
I find reading section is the toughest... Anybody who is excellent in this module can help me by sharing how exactly you attend these reading tests... Plz, plz.. I am very sad about my scores.
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0 # Hermawan Johan 2016-11-15 07:10
Hello,

I have just finished my IELTS test on November 5th. I prepared my IELTS only through this website. This website is very helpful in my opinion. Even though my score hasn't come out yet, I was sure with my reading score. I suggest you read all tips in reading preparation first and practice. Yes, practice again and again. This website actually gives us many practice modules. So study many modules as you can. It was really helpful and give you more confidence to face the test. Good luck :)
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0 # Magdalina Jean Louis 2016-10-20 14:04
Very simple but comprehensive information. It is an excellent help for IELTS preparation.
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0 # Hermawan Johan 2016-11-03 17:04
Hi, sorry for bothering. I got confused with this section. What I have to do with type 1 of question that is being explained above?
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-1 # E.C 2016-06-09 04:53
I love it. It helped me to understand strategy of academic reading. I can do it!
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0 # Nadia 2016-02-10 18:15
Good job, very useful tips. God bless you.
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+5 # Omar 2015-12-09 08:24
This is really helpful and I request some changes the admin could bring in, such as true, false, not given techniques, lot of student including me spend much time on this which is detrimental for other parts.
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0 # Bob 2016-05-08 07:55
How we spend less time to this type of question?
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-2 # Bob 2016-05-08 07:53
Actually it's one of the most difficult for me... Can you spare some strategies please?
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+1 # Sony 2015-12-07 06:47
Very useful but still I'm not getting high score even though I have done with all strategy of reading.
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+1 # Sepanta 2016-06-21 14:07
Just practice... practice... practice.You should know these strategies.They are necessary, but not sufficient.You should find your own way.
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+2 # Prince_ Ej 2015-08-25 15:00
You guys did not provide anything on the question type that you need to give a summarising heading or phrase for the general idea of each paragraph. can you put up some guide on that, please.
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+2 # John 2015-08-03 16:31
This blog is so good it helps me more than my IELTS trainers.
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0 # Jeet Kamal 2015-07-29 18:25
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+1 # Asish 2015-07-10 20:14
Nice Blog. I love to read further sections.Thanks man.
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+3 # SABIHA 2014-05-23 01:23
Hi,i need 7 band in each module,yet i can score 7 band in writin only. In reading I get only 5.5 and in other two modules scored 6, how can i improve my band. Need help.....
sabiha
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+1 # fitnete 2014-03-02 13:06
I am not good in Academic reading do you have more tests to practice in this way?
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+1 # fitnete 2014-03-02 13:04
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+4 # IELTS Mentor Admin 2014-03-02 18:08
Thank you very much for your comment. We are still enriching this page to help IELTS candidates in Academic Reading Preparation.
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+1 # fitnete 2014-03-02 13:02
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+8 # fitnete 2014-03-02 13:00
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