IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Questions

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Table of Contents

  1. IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Questions
  2. 5 IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Questions & Tips to Solve them (With Answer key)
  3. IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Question 1
  4. IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Question 2
  5. IELTS General Reading Matching headings Question List for Practice
  6. Conclusion

These IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Questions will improve your skills to tackle this question type. In this type of question, you will find a list of headings that usually has extra two headings. Your task is to match the correct heading with the correct paragraph in the reading text. In order to perform well in this task, you must have the ability to comprehend the gist of the paragraph to answer the questions. 

IELTS trainers found that matching headings is one of the major and challenging IELTS general reading question types. In this blog, we provided 6 IELTS general reading matching headings practice questions to improve your competency in answering questions. This will also help you to prevent common errors that you are likely to make in the IELTS general reading test. 

2 IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Questions & Tips to Solve them (With Answer key)

Use the following simple tips to solve the IELTS general reading matching headings practice questions better. Don’t pick a heading as your answer just because it has one or more keywords in the paragraph, it will lead you to make a mistake. Comprehending the gist of the paragraph is important. And, if you’re not sure whether the answer is correct or not, then move on to the next question. You can return to the unanswered questions. This will save you time. 

Also read: IELTS general reading tips

  • Optimism is a good quality to acquire. In other words, if you can persuade yourself that things will improve, your chances of it happening will increase if you keep playing the game. According to Martin Seligman, a psychology professor and author of Learned Optimism, optimism "is a habitual technique of explaining your setbacks to oneself." When things become bad, optimists outperform pessimists: they perform better at work, adapt better to stress, have fewer depressive episodes, and achieve more personal goals, according to the research.
  • Studies have also shown that faith can help people cope with financial difficulties. "The ones who feel wealthiest, and those who feel lowest, actually have about the same amount of money at their disposal," according to Chad Wallens, a social forecaster at the Henley Centre who studied middle-class Britons' attitudes about income. Both their attitudes and behaviour patterns, on the other hand, are very different."
  • Optimists have another reason to be cheerful: they are more resilient in general. For example, Yale University psychologist Dr Becca Levy discovered that thinking positively adds an average of seven years to your life in a study of 660 volunteers. Another American study claims to have discovered a physical mechanism that explains this. The optimists have much higher lung function, according to a Harvard Medical School research of 670 males. Dr. Rosalind Wright, the study's principal author, feels that having a positive mindset helps the immune system. "Preliminary studies on heart patients suggest that changing a person's perspective can help them live longer," she says.

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IELTS General Reading Matching Headings Practice Question 2

Questions 1 - 3

The reading passage has three paragraphs, A-C.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write the correct number, i-vi, as your answer to each question. 

List of Headings

  • i. What are actions damages the environment
  • ii. Government policies harm the environment
  • iii. Globalization and the environment
  • iv. Steps to improve the environment
  • v. Soil erosion and the productivity of land
  • vi Pollution and its types
  1. Paragraph A
  2. Paragraph B
  3. Paragraph C

The Role of Government in environmental management 

  1. Governments have a necessary role to play in environmental management. When the state attempts to manage the resources it owns, it often fails miserably. Governments, on the other hand, frequently act in ways that are far more damaging. They subsidise natural resource extraction and consumption. Various policies, ranging from farm price support to coal mining protection, harm the environment and (often) make little economic sense. Scrapping them has two benefits: it cleans up the environment and makes the economy more efficient.
  2. Some of the actions have the potential to harm the environment such as deforestation, chemical fertilisers and pesticides that may contaminate water supplies; more intensive farming tends to exacerbate soil erosion, and the spread of monoculture and the use of high-yielding crop varieties has been accompanied by the disappearance of old varieties of food plants that might have provided some protection against pests or diseases in the future.
  3. Soil erosion is a danger to land productivity. Both affluent and poor countries are affected. In 1982, scientists in the United States determined that around one-fifth of the country's cropland was losing topsoil at a rate that was expected to reduce the soil's productivity. Following that, the country began a programme to convert 11% of its agricultural land into meadow or woodland. India and China are losing topsoil at a significantly greater rate than the United States.

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Answers for Practice Questions 

  • Answer for Practice Question 1

(Note: The text in italics is from the reading passage and shows the location from where the answer is taken or inferred. The text in the regular font explains the answer in detail.)

Paragraph A = vi 

Explanation: Depression causes people to perceive things as they are, which is a disadvantage from an evolutionary standpoint. Optimism is a tool that has helped us get through millennia of setbacks."

Paragraph B = iii

Explanation: When things become bad, optimists outperform pessimists: they perform better at work, adapt better to stress, have fewer depressive episodes, and achieve more personal goals, according to the research.

Paragraph C = i

Explanation: Studies have also shown that faith can help people cope with financial difficulties. "The ones who feel wealthiest, and those who feel lowest, actually have about the same amount of money at their disposal," according to Chad Wallens

Paragraph D = v 

Explanation: Optimists have another reason to be cheerful: they are more resilient in general. For example, Yale University psychologist Dr Becca Levy discovered that thinking positively adds an average of seven years to your life in a study of 660 volunteers.

  • Answer for Practice Question 2

(Note: The text in italics is from the reading passage and shows the location from where the answer is taken or inferred. The text in the regular font explains the answer in detail.)

Paragraph A = ii

Explanation: Various policies, ranging from farm price support to coal mining protection, harm the environment and (often) make little economic sense. Scrapping them has two benefits: it cleans up the environment and makes the economy more efficient.

Paragraph B = i

Explanation: Some of the actions have the potential to harm the environment such as deforestation, chemical fertilisers and pesticides that may contaminate water supplies; more intensive farming tends to exacerbate soil erosion

Paragraph C = v

Explanation: Soil erosion is a danger to land productivity. Both affluent and poor countries are affected. In 1982, scientists in the United States determined that around one-fifth of the country's cropland was losing topsoil at a rate that was expected to reduce the soil's productivity.

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IELTS General Reading Matching headings Question List for Practice

Questions 1 - 4

The reading passage has four paragraphs, A-D.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write the correct number, i-vi, as your answer to each question.

List of Headings

  • i. The Chitemene system involves the distinction of men and women
  • ii. Criticism on Chitemene system
  • iii. What are the vegetables planted in Luapula
  • iv. How farmers are survive in Africa
  • v.  Chitemene system
  • vi. Distribution of Land in Luapula
  1. Paragraph A
  2. Paragraph B
  3. Paragraph C
  4. Paragraph D

Traditional farming system in Africa 

  1. Land in Luapula is traditionally not held by individuals, but rather is distributed by the village headman or head woman according to need, as it is in many other parts of Africa. Because land is normally prepared by hand, one ulupua cannot cover a wide area; hence, land has not been a limiting resource in many areas of the province. Near the main townships, the situation has already changed, and there has long been a lack of cultivable land in the Valley. Registered ownership patterns are becoming more common in these places.
  2. In Luapula, like in the Bemba region to the east, most traditional agriculture is based on chitemene, a system in which crops are cultivated on the ashes of tree limbs. In most cases, trees are pollarded rather than felled to allow them to recover. Early in the dry season, branches are chopped over a varying-sized region and arranged to dry in a rough circular approximately a fifth to a tenth of the pollarded area. The wood is burned before the rains, and the first year the African cereal finger millet is planted (Eleusine coracana).
  3. The region is planted to variously mixed combinations of annuals such as maize, pumpkins (Telfiria occidentalis) and other cucurbits, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, Phaseolus beans, and various leafy vegetables during the second season, and maybe for a few seasons more. The varied sequence comes to a close with vegetable cassava, which is frequently planted as a relay into the developing last-but-one crop.
  4. The practise of chitemene, according to Richards (1969), involves a clear division of labour between men and women. Because it is deemed provocative to one's neighbours to draw boundaries in an overt manner, a man stakes out a plot in a non-intrusive manner. The perilous labour of felling branches is reserved for men, and it is a source of great pride for them. The males stack the branches, while the women stack them.
Answers 

(Note: The text in italics is from the reading passage and shows the location from where the answer is taken or inferred. The text in the regular font explains the answer in detail.)

Paragraph A = vi

Explanation: Land in Luapula is traditionally not held by individuals, but rather is distributed by the village headman or head woman according to need, as it is in many other parts of Africa. 

Paragraph B = v

Explanation: In Luapula, like in the Bemba region to the east, most traditional agriculture is based on chitemene, a system in which crops are cultivated on the ashes of tree limbs.

Paragraph C = iii 

Explanation: The region is planted to variously mixed combinations of annuals such as maize, pumpkins (Telfiria occidentalis) and other cucurbits, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, Phaseolus beans, and various leafy vegetables during the second season, and maybe for a few seasons more

Paragraph D = i

Explanation: The practise of chitemene, according to Richards (1969), involves a clear division of labour between men and women

Conclusion 

These practice questions are created by experts and trainers to improve your performance rate. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the matching headings question and enable you to achieve an 8+ band score in the IELTS exam. 

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