matching features in General Training Reading

This post is about matching features task in IELTS General Training Reading.Try to solve them several times unless you will get maximum score in shortest time. Don’t forget your skimming and scanning. You can find the answer key in the end.

Happy preparation!

Reading Text page 1

Reading Text page 2

Sample Task

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Answer Key



Identifying writer’s views/claims in Academic Reading


Here is the post for those who are appearing in IELTS academic module. It is Identifying writer’s views/claims task and your answer will be Yes/No/Not given taken from. I have also attached two worksheets with answer keys taken from so that you can understand the task completely. It is for the group practice but you can do it alone.

  1. first solve worksheet 1.
  2. read carefully all the different answers given.
  3. than solve the worksheet 2.
  4. finally do the task.
  5. do not read the whole passage.
  6. do skimming and scanning.
  7. check your answers.
  8. read carefully all the explanations given for the answers.

Additional information –Tips for this task

  • It is important to remember that the answer is always in the text.
  • Do not use your own knowledge about the topic in the text or make assumptions –
    use only the information in the text.
  • If you’re not sure of the answer, don’t spend too long thinking about it. Choose an
    answer choice and move on.
  • This task type becomes much easier with practice – so practice a lot!

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 1 Answer Key (variations)

Worksheet 1 Answer Key

Worksheet 2

Text Page 1

Text Page 2

Sample Questions

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Explanation of Answers


flow – chart completion in general training reading

Hello my dear friend.

How was your previous year and what is your new year wish? You can write a good essay on it but do not forget to make a mind map.

So here is this years first task for general training module. It is a reading sample task – Flow-chart completion.

  • do not read the whole text.
  • read questions.
  • then read first sentence and last sentence of each paragraph.
  • then read the questions again and solve them as quick as a fox.
  • practice again and again and again.




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Matching Information in Reading


How are you? And how is your preparation?


Today, I am sharing sample questions of Matching Information for both general training and academic modules. Try to solve them several times unless you will get maximum score in shortest time. You can find the answer key in the end.

Happy preparation!

General Training Matching Information 

Academic Reading Matching Information

IELTS Reading Answer Sheet


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Multiple Choice Questions

My dear friends I have told you earlier that before appearing in the IELTS exam you must know all the task types which you will encounter in your test. In this way you will be mentally prepared to approach and solve these questions.

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Here I am sharing Multiple Choice questions samples of both Academic and General Training Modules. In this way you will come to know the difference between both text types. I advice you to solve both tasks, it is just for your practice.



Approaching the reading tasks & assessment

IELTS reading task types are discussed earlier for both academic and general training modules. There is a wide range of skills which are assessed in your reading test.

• reading for gist
• reading for main ideas
• reading for detail
• understanding inferences and implied meaning
• recognizing writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose
• following the development of an argument.

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Now how do you approach the task. Some of the points are discussed earlier but I am repeating here again.

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • No extra time will be given to transfer your answers as in the listening task. Check all your answers to note down on the answer sheet (if you write on the question booklet).
  • Make sure that all your spellings must be correct and grammatically accurate.
  • Answer the questions according to the word limit as in the IELTS listening test, for example if you are asked to write “NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS” or sometimes “NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS”.
  • In multiple choice questions, use your common sense to eliminate some options.
  • Practice skimming and scanning. You don’t have time to read the whole text and then the questions.
  • In matching headings to paragraphs, first read the headings than first and the last sentence because sometimes its enough to find the answer.
  • You must familiar yourself with the question types before the test and practice makes you perfect.
  • All the answers are given in the passage. You only need to know the synonyms sometimes. For example, entertainment can be written as amusement.
  • You can skip difficult questions but do come back and answer them, you will not loose any mark for incorrect answer so do not leave a blank space.
  • Always keep your eyes and mind open and do not panic.


Reading Test’s content & task types

IELTS General Training and Academic Module have different content but same task types.

Academic Module

There are three reading texts in this module taken from different books, journals, newspapers, online resources and magazines for general readers. The texts are written in different formats, for example, narrative, descriptive or discursive/argumentative. At least one text contains detailed logical argument. It may have some illustrations, diagrams and graphs. If texts have some technical vocabulary, then a simple dictionary definition is provided.

General Training Module

This module have also three texts but more difficult as compare to academic module.

First section contains two or three short texts or several shorter texts.  The texts are based on everyday topics which a non-native speaker can understand easily while living in an English-speaking country. You will need to pick out important information, e.g. from notices, advertisements and timetables.

Second section contains two texts focused on work topics, for example, job descriptions, contracts, staff development and training materials.

Third section contains one long text which deals with a topic of general interest. The style of writing is generally descriptive (containing detailed information) and instructive (telling you how to do something). This text is longer and more complex taken from newspapers, magazines, books and online resources.

Task Types

Both modules have same task types which are mentioned below. Remember not all the task types are given in a single paper.

Any of the following (though not all) may appear in any section:

  • Question Type 1 – Multiple choice
  • Question Type 2 – Identifying information (True/False/Not given)
  • Question Type 3 – Identifying writer’s views/claims (Yes/No/Not given)
  • Question Type 4 – Matching information
  • Question Type 5 – Matching headings
  • Question Type 6 – Matching features
  • Question Type 7 – Matching sentence endings
  • Question Type 8 – Sentence completion
  • Question Type 9 – Summary/note/table/flow chart completion
  • Question Type 10 – Diagram label completion
  • Question Type 11 – Short-answer questions


Here is a British Council’s warm up exercise for you. Read the text and listen the audio than solve the exercise.

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