Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we talk to a special guest about how to conquer IELTS Reading summary completion questions.

Do you know how to confidently tackle this question type, step-by-step?

Logan Hesse was an IELTS professional in Australia for many years, teaching at RMIT English Worldwide in Melbourne, and he has some excellent tips for you today on how to go about finding these answers.

Step 1: Skim the passage

You must skim first to get the gist, and warm up your brain.

Step 2: Read the whole summary.

You have to do this to figure out where the answers will be coming from in the passage.

Very rarely, the summary is about the whole passage. Usually, all the answers will be found in a 2-3 paragraph section in the IELTS Reading passage.

Step 3: Read the sentence carefully containing the blank. 

Focus on underlining key words both before and after the blank.

Key words should be specific words with not many possible paraphrases. Predict some possible paraphrases for the key words.


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Step 4: Focus on the blank.

Predict what word form you need, such as noun or verb.

Predict possible words that might complete the sentence logically.

Step 5: Scan for the key words.

The answer is always next to the key words!

Step 6: Get the answer.

Compare the sentence from the passage that contains the key words carefully with the question.

Last words of wisdom- never forget that you are a smart, logical person, and you have the skills to find the correct answers.

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