Matching Sentence Ending? It’s not difficult if You do it Smartly


Without proper practice and strategy its difficult to answer “Matching Sentence Ending” correctly. In the IELTS Reading examination, you will be given around 5-6 incomplete sentences with another list of possible ending sentences. You have to match the incomplete sentences with the appropriate ending sentence based on the reading text.

By the way, This type of question is not very common as compared to some other types of IELTS Reading questions. But it’s better to know how to answer them correctly. 


Question Structure- Multiple Sentence Ending 


Matching Sentence Ending

Look above at the example question sample. Here,

  • 32 – 35, this is the list of incomplete sentences. 
  • A – F, this is the list of possible sentence endings.
  • The number of possible ending sentences will be given more than the beginnings.


 10 Important Tips-Multiple Sentence Ending 


Matching Sentence Ending Strategy

1) Don’t read the whole passage, just scan and skim for the relevant keyword or sentence. 

2) Don’t start to read the passage until you completely studied the question first. 

3) Don’t try to match the sentences using logic and common sense. 

4) Don’t reuse sentence ending unless it’s specifically instructed. 

5) You cannot find the exact word, so you need to understand the meaning.

6) Try to use the elimination process to select the correct answer. 

7) The answers may not appear in the same order. 

8) Look for the exact grammatical structure of both sentences. They just need to match.

9) There will be options that will share a connecting idea. Don’t try to answer the question only based on that.

10) Time management is also important. If you are unable to locate the answer move on to the next question.


Effective Strategies for “Matching Sentence Ending”


Matching Sentence Ending Steps

Using some strategies while answering the question might be useful. Among the many strategies, I found it really effective to answer the matching sentence ending. Thy to follow them step by step. 


Step-1: Underline the Keywords

You should read the incomplete sentences by underlining the keywords. Keywords will help you to locate the given information when you scan the passage.  

Step-2: Understand the meaning

In the passage, you may not find the exact keyword or sentence. They will always use synonyms or paraphrasing. So understanding the meaning is really important. 

Step-3: Scan the Passage

After understanding the meaning, you should start scanning the passage for the keywords or synonyms. You may find the information in more than one part of the passage. 

Step-4: Compare the meanings

Finding the keyword more than one time is common. There will be similar types of information given to trick you. You must eliminate the options by comparing the meanings. 

Step-5: Skim the Passage

Skim the passage if it is necessary to find the correct ending sentence. 

Step-6: Use Elimination Process

When you have possible options in mind which look promising to you go for the elimination process. This will help to find the correct answer.


 Skills you need to develop to answer the question 

  • You should be able to identify the keywords. 
  • Should have the ability to scan and locate the keywords.
  • You should be able to understand the meaning.
  • Should be able to identify the synonyms and paraphrasing. 




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IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Question- Fastest Way

In IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Question is the most common type of question you will face on both Academic and General reading examination.  You can solve the question quite easily if you follow some strategy. 

In this article, we will discuss: 

  • The question structure 
  • Some important tips 
  • What skills you need to develop
  • Strategy for solving the question 


IELTS Reading– Multiple Choice Question Structure 

In this question type, you will be given an incomplete statement with a list of possible ending sentences. Your task is to choose the right option(s) for the list. 

You may face around 3 types to Multiple Choice Question, and may be asked to choose: 

  • One answer from alternatives A-D
  • Two answers from alternatives A-E
  • Three answers from alternatives A-G

Take a look at the example to get a better understanding:

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Question


Important Tips for IELTS Reading- Multiple Choice Questions 

  • Remember, The questions will come in order. 
  • Read the questions first and underline keywords. 
  • Try to find out the synonyms of the keywords.
  • Don’t read the full text, skim the text to understand the general meaning.
  • Try to locate the underlined keywords while skimming the text. 
  • Predict the answer without looking at the options. 
  • Use the elimination process. 
  • If you are unable to locate the information, just try to guess the correct answer but don’t leave it blank. 



What are the skills you need to develop 

With the use of multiple-choice questions in IELTS Reading, they test your reading skills also try to find how well you can understand the main idea of the text. 

So, having some skills will certainly help you to solve the questions. 

  • Quickly locating keywords using skimming and scanning. 
  • You may find similar keywords in the text with distractors. So, you need to understand the meaning. 

For example: if you are trying to find a keyword “Computer Skills” in the text. You may find statements like: 

  • Every employee has computer skills. 
  • Most of the employee has computer skills.

Here, these two statements have completely different meanings. They used “Evey” andMost” as distractors.


5-Step Strategy for Solving Multiple Choice Questions

There are several other strategies among them I found it most effective. Try to follow the steps as instructed to get a better result. 

Step-1: Read the Questions and Underline Keyword

Most of the students start reading the text without even looking at the questions. If you read the question first and underline the keywords then it becomes more effective to locate the information, most of all, you have an idea about what to look for in the passage.   

Step-2: Skim the passage and locate the keyword

After reading the question, you need to locate the information in the passage based on the keyword. You may find more than one similar keywords in the passage, also they may use synonyms and paraphrasing. So understanding the general meaning is also important.

Step-3: Predict the Answer 

Try to predict the answer without looking at the options. This will help you narrow down the options. 

Step-4: Read the options 

Read the options and try to find if there is anything mentioned, which may be similar to your prediction. If you find something similar then read the passage again and to confirm your answer. If nothing matches your prediction then go to the next step.

 Step-5: Using the elimination process

Using the elimination process will help you to find the correct answer. Eliminate options one by one by matching them with the passage. At last, you will get your answer.


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The A-Z of Academic IELTS Reading


In the IELTS examination, the question pattern of  Academic IELTS Reading and General IELTS Reading has some differences. The Academic Module is used by international students and professional reasons only and the General Module is used for migration purposes. 

We will discuss only the Academic Reading module in this article.

Academic Reading 

In the Academic Reading test, there will be 3 reading passages, and every passage may contain 900 to 1000 words. You have to answer 40 questions, where each passage will have around 12-14 questions. 

You will be given 60 minutes to go through the passages and solve 40 questions. There will be no extra time given to transfer your answer to the answer sheet. 

These passages are authentic. They are similar kinds of passages that you may find in magazines and newspapers. The passages may contain some visual information and technical terms. 


Question Types of Academic Reading

You might face around 11 types of questions in the academic IELTS reading test. We will discuss each type of question below: 

  1.  Multiple Choice:

    A certain number of question will be given which are related to the paragraph. Each question contains three (A,B,C) or four (A,B,C,D) option. What you have to do just pick up the correct option by cracking the question from the passage.


2. Matching Headings:

This question requires you to pick up headings which will be given in a box. So you have to match every headline with the exact paragraph. For answering this type of question correctly you need to understand the main idea of the paragraph.


3. Identifying the Writers view/Claims(Y/N/NG):

These types of questions require you to identify whether the information agrees with the writer’s views or claims.

If the statement agrees with the views or claims then it will be YES (Y),

If the statement disagrees with the views or claims then it will be NO(N),

If there is no information given on this then it will be Not Given(NG)


4. Identifying Information(T/F/NG):

In this type of question, you will be given a list of information. Your task is to identify whether this information is True or False, and if you can’t find the information on the reading text then, simply answer Not Given.


5. Summary, Note, Table, Flow-Chart Completion:

A summary will be given with some blanks from the reading passage. Here either you will be given a list of words in a box or you have to find out the words from the passage to fill up the blanks.

Clear instructions will be given about how many words or numbers you should use in your answers. For example:


Similarly,  You can get a table, note, or flow chart with some blanks and you have to fill up the blanks with using the correct words from the passage.  


6. Sentence Completion:

Here you will find some incomplete sentence and you have to complete it by collecting information from reading the passages, in that case, you have to complete it using  ONE OR THREE words which will be instructed in the question paper.


7.Short-Answer Questions:

This is a question that expects from the examiner to answer the question from the given facts in the reading passage. So you just have to pick up the right words from the text.

Clear instructions will be given about how many words or numbers you should use in your answers. For example: 



8. Matching Sentence Endings:

In this type of question, you will be given a list of incomplete sentences and a list of possible ending sentences. Your task is to complete the sentences depending on the Reading passages.

9. Matching Features:

These types of question which requires you to find out specific information about given features and match it. For instance: you can be given a number of birds in the passage with their features. So in question, the features will be given and you have to match with the correct birds.

10. Diagram / Map  Labeling  Questions:

Here you will get a diagram or map relating to the reading passage. So you have to label the diagram or map according to the correct information from the text.

11. Matching Information:

In this type of question, you will be given a list of information which will be called “List A”, and another list of information which will be called “List B”. Your task is to match the information of “list A” with the correct information of “list B”. Here it requires you to follow every line of each paragraph in a very short time.

How to Calculate Academic Reading Band Score?

In the Academic IELTS Reading module, your band score is calculated depending on how many correct numbers of answers you have given. Then according to the number you can get a band score from Band 4 to Band 9. There no negative marking for your incorrect answers.  

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The IELTS Exam Pattern you should know


The IELTS exam pattern is designed to evaluate you in four different areas- listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

There are two types of IELTS examination: Academic IELTS and General IELTS.

Academic IELTS is necessary for international students and the peoples who want to migrate to any English speaking country needs general IELTS.

The listening and speaking sections are the same for both examinations but there are some differences in the writing and reading section.

The test needs 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete.

  • Listening= 40 minutes (30 minutes test+10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet)
  • Reading= 60 minutes (Here no extra minutes are allocated to transfer your answers to the answer sheet)
  • Writing = 60 minutes.
  • Speaking = 11-15 minutes.

The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are taken on the same day without any break but depending on your test center Speaking test can be taken up to a week before or after the other tests.

In this article, we will only talk about the test format of Academic IELTS.


IELTS Listening Format (30+10 minutes)

Ielts Listening

In the listening test, the test center will provide you with a headphone and you will have to listen to four different recordings. Every section will contain 10 questions each so there will be a total of 40 questions. Each recording will be played only once so you need to answer the questions as you listen.

  • Recording 1 – You will listen to a conversation between two people based on daily life. 
  • Recording 2 – You will listen to a monologue based on the social context. For example, a speech about something. 
  • Recording 3 – You will listen to a conversation between up to four people based on educational or training context. For example, a teacher and students conversation about an assignment. 
  • Recording 4 – You will listen to a monologue based on an academic subject. For example, a lecturer. 


Types of questions in the listening section 

Around 6 types of questions may appear in the listening test. These are-

    1. Multiple choice 
    2. Matching 
    3. Plan, map, diagram labelling 
    4. Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion
    5. Sentence completion 
    6. Short answer questions

IELTS Academic Reading Format (60 minutes)

In the reading section, you need to answer 40 questions from three passages. These passages are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers. To answer the questions you need to manage your time and read quickly and efficiently. 

The reading test is designed to check your wide range of reading skills, including how efficiently you:

  • Catch the main idea 
  • Read for detail
  • Understand the inference and implied meaning
  • Follow the development of an argument 
  • Understand the general sense of a passage 
  • Also recognize a writer’s opinions, attitude and purpose.


Types of questions in Academic Reading section

Around 11 types of questions may appear in a reading test. These are-

    1. Multiple choice 
    2. Identifying information
    3. Identifying the writer’s views/claims 
    4. Matching information
    5. Matching headings 
    6. Matching features 
    7. Matching sentence endings 
    8. Sentence completion
    9. Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
    10. Diagram label completion
    11. Short answer questions


IELTS Academic Writing Format (60 minutes)


In the writing section, you have been given two tasks (Writing task 1 and task 2), and both of them need to be completed within 60 minutes. These tasks are designed to test your writing skills, and how well you: 

  • Organize your ideas 
  • Write a response properly 
  • Use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately. 


Academic Writing Task 1

Here, you are asked to describe some visual information, like Graph, table, charts, diagram, and maps in your own words. You must describe the most important and relevant points in your answer within 150 words. You can leave out some minor points and details. 

You should be careful to manage your time properly. It is wise not to spend more than 20 minutes on task 1. 

You will be severely penalized if you: 

  • Write off-topic
  • Do not compete 150 words.
  • Use bullet points
  • Copy from other sources.
  • Use informal words.


Academic Writing Task 2

Here, you need to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You should read the given task very carefully and give a full and relevant response. For example, if the topic is about a particular use of a mobile phone, so you should write only about this particular topic without writing the use of mobile phone in general. 

You should spend no more than 40 minutes on this task, and you are asked to write at least 250 words. You will not be penalized for writing more than 250 words. 

You will be severely penalized if you: 

  • Write off-topic
  • Do not compete 250 words.
  • Use bullet points
  • Copy from other sources.
  • Use informal words.


IELTS Speaking Format (11-15 minutes)


This test is designed to assess your ability in communication using the English language. The test is taken in 3 parts. Where the examiner will look for how well you:

  • Organize your ideas.
  • Express and present your opinions.
  • Speak at length on a given topic.
  • Grammatical range and accuracy.

Part-1: Introduction and interview 

In this part, the examiner will ask you some general questions about yourself and other familiar topics, such as family, home, work etc. It’s better to answer the questions using 2 or 3 lines. It will take around 4-5 minutes to complete part 1. 

Part-2: Long turn

In this part, the examiner will give you a task card with a topic written on it. You have to talk on this topic around 1-2 minutes by covering some questions given on this particular topic. You will be given one minute to prepare your talk, and also you are given paper and a pencil so make some notes. This part will take around 3-4 minutes to complete, including the preparation time. 

Part-3: Discussion

In this part, the examiner will ask you some questions related to part 2. Here, you need to answer the questions more elaborately. It will take around 4-5 minutes to complete.