Unit 14: Completion strategy (fill in the blanks) – Practice reading online

In this lesson, IELTS Fighter will continue to share about the Strategy for completing the test in Listening to get the high score you want!


1. About Completion (complete the blank)

Basically, there are 2 types of completion you often encounter. That is the form that I find the words in and the form that provides the available words. From experience, the second type will usually be a bit more difficult and trap more because it is not easy to have everything ready.

2. Steps to do the test

B1: Read the limit of the number of words to be filled in if it is a word search form / Read through the options in the box that can be filled in if it is a form 2

B2: Read the title and underline the keyword. Pay attention to the sentences that contain questions.

How to block keywords:

  • Prioritize proper names / numbers / nouns because it is easy to zone the area containing the answer
  • Determine the type of word to be filled in and predict the information to be filled in based on neighboring words. Words will be paraphrased or not contiguous in the passage, so the more detailed the prediction, the higher the probability of finding the answer.
  • Noticing parallels is extremely helpful. Example: circle connecting words like as well as, and, or, not only… but also… . These phrases have the effect of connecting similar elements. If it was a verb before, then I also need a verb. If it was a noun before, then I also need a noun.

Note is that usually this type of article follows the order of the reading text

B3: Use skimming skills thanks to keywords to locate the area containing the answers and use scanning skills to find the most suitable answers and fill them in. However, for type 2, the answer can be a synonym for the word in box

3. Practice

4. Answer explanation:

(5) moist

Find the segment where this tree grows. In need of 1 adj complement the word locations and go parallel to the word shaded damp and shady locations (paragraph 1 line 2) (damp: moist).

Don’t choose the word dense because dense complement the word clumps.

(6) parasites

Key is grow on trees and not classed as → need 1 noun. Paragraph 2, last 2 lines → “they are never parasitic on the tree.

(7) weeds

Key is on lawns→ paragraph 3 line 1, “Moss is often considered a weed print grass lawn

(8) abilities + (9) carpet.

Key is Japanese gardeners. Need 1 noun to go with the word special. Paragraph 3, line 2 → “is deliberately encouraging to grow under aesthetic principles” → qualities (the type of options is the remaining noun).

Sentence 9 key is temple gardens → need to find something in temple gardens → paragraph 3 line 3 “in old temple gardens, moss can be added to carpet a forest scene”.

Hopefully, the above sharing will help you to be more confident with the Completion format in the best way.

See you again ^^

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