Question types used in IELTS reading
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This page provides a quick overview of the question types used in the IELTS reading test and whether they require reading ALL of the text or identifying only the section that will have the answers, as well as which questions will come in the order of the text and which ones can be sprinkled randomly.
- True / False / Not Given questions can cover the entire text, but they are in order. That means if you find the answer to Question 1 in Paragraph 2, then the answer to Question 2 must be lower in the text than that (it will NOT be in Paragraph 1, for example).
- Headings style questions will cover the whole text, and are randomly spread, The answer to Question 1 could be Paragraph F and the answer to Question 2 could be Paragraph B. However, the same paragraph is only used once.
- Summary completion questions generally focus on only one or two paragraphs and will not require you to read the entire text. However, the order of the summary and the order of the text will not be the same. You may find the answer to question 1 in a lower part of the paragraph compared to question 2.
- Sentence completion questions generally come in the order of the text, but not always. They also often focus on information given in just one or two paragraphs.
- Multiple choice questions come in the order of the text, but the options given for each question may be randomly presented.
- Matching and classifying questions do not come in the order of the text, and may require you to look through ALL paragraphs to find the answers.
- Table and flowchart completion questions often do not come in the order of the text, but will often focus on only one or two paragraphs.