How to Approach Summary Completion
29 Jun 2014 admin
Summary completion question aims at testing your ability to paraphrase and locate information in the original text. In this task, you will work through a summary (a paraphrase of the reading text) containing a number of gaps, which will be filled in by choosing from a list of selected words. Because the summary is a paraphrase of the reading text, understanding the gist of the summarized section is required.
- Analyze the summary to see what part of speech is required in each of the gaps. This will help you leave out some of the words from the list if you know what part of speech fits in.
- Read each of the sentences in the summary carefully, and identify the section of the original text which expresses the same ideas.
- Skim these relevant sections of the original text carefully, and search for words you need to answer the question. Use the correct part of speech.
- Look for synonyms, or use words as they appear in the text if there are no synonyms to choose from.
- Do not write more words than required, and don’t change the words.
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