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.

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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Muhammad Mujahid Iqbal Qadri
IELTS reading guideline.
Saadat Joyia
Please give the method to solve the (True, False, and Not Given), etc. Because many people have no idea about these types of questions.
Tips for other types of questions, where can I find them? I will take my test in a few weeks and I am still having difficulties with questions of "Yes/No/Not given" and questions that are to associate sentences with paragraphs of the text. Anyway thanks for the site, it is helping me a lot.
Harpreet Dhillon
Hello everyone, first of all, this website is really good. In the reading module, sometimes I get band score up to 7.5/ 8, but sometimes only 6 or less. Don't know why? And my speaking module is also not too good. Is there anyone who can help me?
Yagoub Matar
Hello, everyone. I'm preparing for IELTS Exam. It's my first time to read instruction for reading and writing IELTS exam. It's very interesting and useful web for preparation. Example my understanding for the reading exam is to read every word in the reading passage, which is time-consuming. Here they give you the advice to skim or scan the passage which is more time-saving.
Hello everyone. I am taking my IELTS exam in this coming December and it will be my 1st time to try it. Regarding the READING exam, I am having a hard time answering the YES, NO, NG/TRUE, FALSE, NG question and as well for SUMMARIZING when I am practiSing. Is there anyone who can share some tips or ways on how you be able to answer this type of questions in your exams? Your feedback is much appreciated and thank you so much in advance.
Can I know the score?
May I know your score?
No one.
I got 9 in IELTS reading and I read the full passage, but my friend has also got 9, though he doesn't read the text but goes directly to the questions))) So it depends on you, what is the best method and technique for you)I recommend you to read a lot of extra information, like books you like, news, some articles...
Hermawan Johan
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 :)
Pavithra Ap
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.
Hermawan Johan
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?
Magdalina Jean Louis
Very simple but comprehensive information. It is an excellent help for IELTS preparation.
Just practice... practice... practice. You should know these strategies. They are necessary, but not sufficient. You should find your own way/ own strategy.
I love it. It helped me to understand the strategy of academic reading. I can do it!
How we spend less time on this type of question?
Actually, it's one of the most difficult ones for me... Can you spare some strategies, please?
Good job, very useful tips. God bless you.
This is really helpful and I request some changes the admin could bring in, such as "true, false, not given" techniques. lots of students including me spend much time on this which is detrimental for other parts of preparation.
Very useful but still I'm not getting a high score even though I have done with all strategies of IELTS reading.
You should spend more time to reading, reading novels and many other books daily, InshaAllah you should get a high band in reading. For more information call me at 03326955181, thanks.
Prince_ Ej
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 guides on that, please?
This blog is so good. It helps me more than my IELTS trainers.
Jeet Kamal
I like this blog.
Jeet Kamal
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Nice blog. I would love to read further sections. Thanks man.
Hi, I need 7 band score in each module, yet I can score 7 bands in writing only. In reading, I get only 5.5 and in other two modules score 6. How can I improve my band score? Need help... Sabiha.
IELTS Mentor Admin
Thank you very much for your comment. We are still enriching this page to help IELTS candidates in Academic Reading Preparation.
I am not good in Academic reading. Do you have more tests to practice in this way?
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