IELTS Academic Reading Preparation: Part #3
Question Types: Notes / table / form / summary / flow chart / diagram completion.
1) With a selection of possible answers.
2) Without a choice of possible answers.
» 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.
Health Problem — Food
High blood pressure (1) ………..
Cancer of the Colon (2) ………..
Heart Disease (3) ………..
Infections (4) ………..
Diabetes (5) ………..
A. oats & rice
C. corn & wheat
E. nuts & seeds
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’.