Express way to IELTS in 20 days# 14 – IELTS reading (YES/NO/NG, Matching Sentence, Sentence Completion)

Express way to IELTS in 20 days# 14 – IELTS reading (YES/NO/NG, Matching Sentence, Sentence Completion)

Express way to IELTS in 20 days# 14

IELTS reading (YES/NO/NG, Matching Sentence, Sentence Completion)



This type of test is unfamiliar with a lot of people. If there were only YES and NO, it would be easier. The NOT GIVEN choice potentially confused you and many people lose their marks for this type of test. Let’s get to know the test first. You will get an instruction like this.

Do the statements agree with the opinions of the writer in the IELTS reading passage? Write

YES if the statement agrees with the opinions of the writer
NO if the statement contradicts the opinions of the writer
NOT GIVEN if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

Then you will be given several statements. You have to write either YES, NO, or NOT GIVEN according to the instruction. The step of doing this type is

1) Read the statements carefully.
2) Scan for keywords in the passage.
3) Read the relevant information.
4) Answer the questions”

It seems so easy but it can be very tricky. At one point, you’ll face a dilemma. That’s what the test is designed for. However, it’s not impossible. There is an answer to every question. The most important caution is Do Not Overinterpret. See the passage as what it is. Take a look at this easy example.

Information: Jennifer loves to eat pancakes for breakfast.
Statement 1: Jennifer enjoys eating pancakes in the morning.
Statement 2: Jennifer never has pancakes for breakfast.
Statement 3: Pancake is Jennifer’s favorite breakfast menu.


Statements 1 and 2 are quite obvious, aren’t they? It’s YES for number 1 and NO for number 2. What about Statement 3? The correct answer is NOT GIVEN. The information says that Jennifer loves the pancakes but her favorite breakfast may be bacons and eggs. Who knows? This is a very easy example but I want you to know what over-interpretation means. Watch the clip for more explanation. I’m also giving sources to find practice tests.


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Matching sentence

This type of test asks you to end a sentence. You will be given incomplete sentences and a list of phrases. What you have to do is to choose a phrase from the list that completes the sentence in accordance with the information in the passage. For example,

Instruction: Complete the sentences by selecting the correct ending, A-G (not all letters will be used).

1. The first ever flight of Orion is aimed to ……………….
2. Although the shape of Orion is similar to previous ships, it …………………

List : A. send Orion twice around the world.
B. has state of the art technology.
C. test the critical heat shield.
D. check Orion’s performance.
E. test the most important technology.
F. will have its first voyage in a few years.
G. help humans get to Mars.


You can use the strategy you used with other type of test, which is reading the questions, scanning for keywords, and filling the answer. But there is a trick which allows you to narrow down the choices. Bear in mind that every sentence must be grammatically correct. So, for question 1, the fact that the incomplete sentence ends with ‘to’ means that the following word must be a verb in infinitive form. It’s not B or F, for sure. For question 2, the clause begins with a pronoun ‘it’. That means it must be followed by a verb with s/es or an auxiliary verb. So, it’s either B or F. See the full practice test with passage about Orion here.


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Remember that for this type of test, the first question is the hardest since you still have nine possible answers. That means the last question will be the easiest one because the choices are lessened.