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IELTS Reading – Types of Questions (Part 1)

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  1. Read and skim the passage
  2. Underline the keywords
  3. Circle the most important ones
  4. Think of how to paraphrase
  5. Scan for the answers
  6. Underline where they are
  7. Write your answers on the answer sheet.

SENTENCE COMPLETION

With sentence completion, first, you read the RULES and then the sentences. Underline your keywords, and begin to make some predictions.

GAP FILLING

Gap filling or fill-in the blank questions can be shown in many ways. You might see:

A table

A diagram

A flow chart

Or A map

The first thing we do is look at the data we have and underline our keywords. Next, make predictions about the type of word that is missing. Sometimes this is very easy, especially when you have a table.

After a quick skim, we need to begin by looking at the questions and making some predictions based on our keywords. Also, remember that some of the words might be paraphrased, but the answers will always be the EXACT words from the reading.

Moving on to some other types of gap fill answers,  they are all very similar. A diagram, a flow chart or a map are all about the same. We need to look at the information we have, and then make predictions about the missing words. These answers will also come in order, so try to use the words you are given to help you.

Do not do diagrams, maps or flowcharts first. As the information is usually closer together, it makes more sense to try to get the other questions done before since they are easier to scan for. However, when you skim, if you see something stand out and it is related to this specific question type, feel free to do it first, but then finish the entire section before doing other types.

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