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

Today you’ll learn the difference between matching headings and finding information in IELTS Reading.

We had this question from a 3 Keys student in our closed Facebook group:

I am studying matching information in paragraphs; however, I’m not sure how to eliminate the irrelevant paragraph at the beginning. There are always more paragraphs than question statements.

Difference #1: When to do the questions

For matching headings to paragraphs, we recommend trying to eliminate a heading if it seems like a detail, or it is simply not in the passage.

That does not work for finding information in paragraphs.

Matching questions come before the passage; however, still, you need to skim the passage before you look at these questions.

For finding information questions, you must always save this group of questions to do last.

Difference #2: Where the answers are

The headings are always main ideas. Thus, they are usually in the beginning and/or end of the paragraphs.

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Finding information statements, however, are not main ideas. They are details.

Therefore, they could be anywhere in the paragraph!

Difference #3: How difficult the questions are

If you have the 3 Keys strategies, matching headings should be the fastest question type.

In contrast, finding information questions are really hard.

That’s why you save it for last, because you’ll have to guess in which paragraph the answers are.

You need extra time for these questions, because you have to scan more.

In order to save time, you must know these facts about the Reading Exam, like which answers are in order or not in order.

In fact, our strategies have helped many students get 9 on the IELTS Reading tests!

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