Reading Task Type: Sentence Completion
22 Jul 2014 adminIn this reading task, you will be given a number of incomplete sentences for you to work on using details from the reading text. In most cases, the statement must be completed in three words or fewer. This question type aims at testing your reading skills of skimming and scanning, recognizing details in a text, and understanding paraphrase in the incomplete sentences.
How to Approach Sentence Completion:
- The reading texts in IELTS are long, and only 20 minutes is allotted for each text.
- Before paying attention to the questions, quickly skim the text and refrain from worrying about the words you are not familiar with. Skimming is reading over something quickly to get a grasp of the gist or the general meaning of the text. This reading skill involves looking at the pictures, headings, sub-headings, inserts, first paragraph and topic sentences of paragraphs.
- Finding answers to some questions involves scanning. This is when you search through the text for a relevant part that contains words or ideas that are connected to question.
- Be reminded that the supposed correct answer you spot in the text must fit the incomplete sentence grammatically. Otherwise, you may have to look for another answer.
- Some IELTS instructions are exclusive – meaning you must use words taken from text to fill up the incomplete sentences. In some cases, you are given the option to use your own words or change the form of the words used in the reading text.
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