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IELTS Preparation Reading Question types and Solution Tips

1.Heading Matching:

a.Read 2/3 sentences from the paragraph and then check in the list.

b.If confused,read some more.

c.If it is a small paragraph read the full para.

d.Check options in the list that contains plural-factors affecting . In that case, the paragraph must include some or more than one factors. Some headings indicate – the thirsty sectors – then the paragraph must suggest two or more sectors.

e.Be careful of traps in the list. Remember, examples are not main ideas.

f.Many answers come in synonym forms. So, you may avoid those that copy words from the passage directly.

2.Locating Information

a.It goes without saying that this is the most difficult question type and requires greater reading ability and speed.

b.Always look at number of this questions and paragraphs. It would be a good idea to solve these questions at the end if there are a few of them in comparison to the number of paragraphs.

c.If there are as many questions as paragraphs in the passage, consider reading the small paragraphs first, resulting in quick location of some questions.

3.Matching/Classification

a.There will be some matching criterion and you need to find them in the passage and read, then come back to decide the answer.

b.If you do not find anything in the criterion then read the questions, at least two to start with, and find location in the passage.

4.Sentence Half Matching

a.Read at least two questions and try to locate in the passage. After locating, read the portion and then read the answer options.

b.Sometimes it helps you look at the grammar accuracy of the answer and the question part, in many cases they do not make any sense and you can ignore them.

c.Never read the answer options before you read the passage portion that deals with the questions.

d.Some questions are really long and the answer options are too. One approach can be leaving them till the end when you have solved the other questions and have a fair idea about where to look for them in the passage.

5.Multiple Choice Questions

a.You should read two questions at a time and find locations.

b.Never read the answer options before reading the text.

c.If finding the location is difficult then solve at the end.

d.You can except to find location in serial.

6.Short Answer Questions

a.you should read two questions at a time and find locations.

b.You can except to find location in serial.

c.Find location using the name of objects and person the person.

7.Factor Identification

a.Read the direction.

b.Look for words in the difficult that can help you find location.

c.Sometimes it is difficult to find location as the direction does not give any solid idea but asks you to get overall idea. In case, you may solve it later.

d.You can expect to get information in the passage in one or two paragraphs.

8.Yes/No/Not Given – True/False/Not Given

a.You should read at least two questions at a time and find locations.

b.Find location using the name of objects and person in the questions.

c.You can expect to find location in serial.

d.Be very careful in dealing questions that involve amount, number and comparison. I mean read the question carefully and solve it carefully.

9.Fill In The Gaps

a.You should read two questions at a time and find locations.

b. Find location using the name of objects and person in the questions. c. You can expect to find location in serial.

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