IELTS Reading Locating Information

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Table of content

  1. IELTS Reading Locating Information
  2. Explanation about IELTS reading locating information
  3. IELTS reading locating information - strategies and tips to solve
  4. Skills required to solve the IELTS reading locating information questions
  5. Challenges faced while answering the IELTS reading locating information questions
  6. How will I answer the IELTS reading locating information
  7. Difference between academic locating information and general locating information
  8. IELTS academic reading locating information skill building exercise 1
  9. IELTS general reading locating information skill building exercise 2
  10. Summary

IELTS reading locating information is the toughest question type in the IELTS reading test. Read the tips and instructions carefully given in this article to solve the locating information question effectively. Locating information questions has a set of paragraphs (labelled as A, B, C, etc) and a list of information taken from the reading passages. Your task is to match the sentence with the paragraphs to find the exact passage that holds specific information. 

Out of all question types, locating information is one of the most important IELTS reading question types. Do not miss to read this entire article since we’ve covered everything about IELTS reading locating information question type. Knowledge of each and every question type is significant to achieve your dream score in the IELTS reading exams.

Explanation about IELTS reading locating information

IELTS reading locating information is an interesting question that is often asked in the IELTS reading test. You will have a set of passages named as A, B, C, etc… and followed by some pieces of information taken from the passages. Your answers must be the letter indicating the passage, not the words/phrases. Remember that the questions will not be in the sequence. 

IELTS reading locating information - strategies and tips to solve

Follow our professional IELTS reading locating information tips and strategies to solve the locating information questions without any difficulties. 

1. Carefully read the instructions given. It will be helpful to read the complete paragraph as it provides an idea of ​​what type of information given in the passage.

2. Before going to the passage, read the questions to identify the keywords. Then, scan the paragraphs to find the keyword or their synonyms.

3. Questions show what kind of information you should be looking for, i.e. explanation, a reason, examples etc. Mark keywords for information type and content.

4. Read the paragraphs for the specific information i.e main idea of the passage. Do not waste time reading the whole passage. 

5. Compare the questions with the passage if the information is present in the paragraph. Write the letter of the paragraph as an answer. 

6. If you find any information related to the question, briefly read the specific text to identify the correct answer. 

7. Don’t confuse yourself if more than one paragraph contains the same details. Twice read both the question and paragraph to get the right one.

8. If in doubt about your answer, check out the other paragraphs as well.

9. Do not forget that the keywords may be their synonyms or paraphrased form in the paragraph.

10. If you feel it is difficult to answer this type of question first, try it at the last. But good advice, if you start with this question, you will get an idea of ​​the whole paragraph and it helps you to answer other questions quickly.

11. Mostly, all the answers will be different. But, sometimes, you may find repeated answers for more than one question. 

12. Note that the questions will not be in the correct order. 

13. You may find paragraphs with no answer. At the same time, you will find paragraphs with more than one answer.

14. Look for the easy information first to use time efficiently. Save your time for the complex questions. 

15. If you find the exact paragraph with the relevant information, proofread it to make sure your answer is correct.

Above listed IELTS reading locating information tips and strategies are created by experts to guide you to clear the locating information question easily in the IELTS reading test. 

Skills required to solve the IELTS reading locating information questions 

  • Skimming
  • Quick grasping skills
  • Scanning
  • Identifying keyword, synonyms and paraphrasing
  • Effective time planning

Challenges faced while answering the IELTS reading locating information questions

  • The questions will not be in order. So, it takes time to identify the exact location
  • You cannot do the quick skim since the answers can present anywhere in the passage
  • Some paragraphs do not contain any answer. This may trick you and ruin your time
  • Instead of the exact keyword(s), synonyms or paraphrasing may be used to confuse you.

How will I answer the IELTS reading locating information

  • Read the instructions thoroughly
  • Skim the given set of passages to get the main idea
  • Then, read the first question and try to recollect the passage information
  • Underline the keyword and look for the keyword or its synonyms or paraphrasing
  • If you find any relevant information, twice read the text to understand the meaning
  • Once you found the correct text, write down the letter of the passage in your answer sheet
  • Schedule your time effectively to save it for complex questions

Difference between academic locating information and general locating information

Both the academic and general locating information on the IELTS appear to test your ability to skim and scan. The methods for answering both modules are similar. Only the provided paragraph will be different. Topics for paragraphs will be scholarly in nature for academics. For IELTS general, paragraphs from general themes will be provided.

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IELTS academic reading locating information skill building exercise 1 

Answer questions 1- 5 which are based on the reading passage below.

Effects of population growth

  1. Since Thomas Malthus's essay 'An Essay the Principle of Population,' originally published in 1798, the world has changed tremendously. Malthus believed that by the mid-1800s, the unfettered expansion of humanity would overrun the agricultural area available to feed humanity with food. Over 150 years have gone by since this mythical milestone, yet mankind is still expanding and will continue to do so, albeit in a more congested form.
  2. The consequences of unchecked population growth are obvious to everybody. In their search for a better living, more people are migrating from rural areas to large cities around the world, such as Tokyo, Mexico City, and Mumbai. Megacities, defined as conurbations with a population of more than 10 million people, are growing up across the globe. They are ravenous for one increasingly important resource, land, which is now teeming with population.
  3. While advances in agricultural technology assure that humanity will be able to feed the people migrating to these enormous cities, the human race's expansion is fueling an unprecedented hunger for real estate. As we enter the twenty-first century, space, whether for personal or public use, corporate or national, human or flora/fauna, is in short supply. More land is needed not only for housing but also for a variety of infrastructure needs. Roads within and between towns must be built or renovated to create highways; green fields must be converted into airports, and virgin forests must be logged to provide food and firewood. This newly exposed land becomes desert in impoverished locations, completing the devastation cycle.
  4. Previously, the most frequent strategy for utilizing expensive space for living and working was to build upwards; thus, the desire for ever higher buildings, both apartment, and commercial, in major cities such as New York, Shanghai, and Singapore, all striving for the highest skyscrapers. There has also been a tradition of building underground, not just for transportation networks, but also for garbage storage, book depositories, and other purposes, such as in London, where the British Library, which houses millions of books, is mostly subterranean.
  5. In recent years, there have been more innovative construction projects all around the world. Many countries, including Holland and the United Kingdom, have reclaimed marshes and floodplains from the sea in the past. Housing complexes and even airports have now been built off-shore, with astonishing results, similar to the city of Venice in Italy. Kansai International Airport in Japan was erected at great expense off-shore on a man-made island, and a very inventive and expensive housing complex in the shape of a palm tree is being developed just off the coast on land produced by a construction company in Dubai. These and other advancements, however, are threatened by increasing sea levels as a result of global warming.

Questions 1- 5

This reading passage has five paragraphs, A–E.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-E, as your answer to each question.

Note: You may use any letter more than once.

1. To build highways, roads within and between cities must be built or upgraded.

2. The uncontrolled expansion of mankind will occupy the agricultural area available to feed mankind.

3. Like the city of Venice in Italy, housing complexes and even airports have now been constructed off-shore, with great results.

4. More and more people are migrating from the countryside to major cities around the world.

5. The most common strategy for using expensive space for living and working is to create upwards

Answer for the skill building exercise
1. Paragraph C

Explanation: Roads within and between towns must be built or renovated to create highways; green fields must be converted into airports, and virgin forests must be logged to provide food and firewood. 

2. Paragraph A 

Explanation: Malthus believed that by the mid-1800s, the unfettered expansion of humanity would overrun the agricultural area available to feed humanity with food.

3. Paragraph E 

Explanation:  Housing complexes and even airports have now been built off-shore, with astonishing results, similar to the city of Venice in Italy. 

4. Paragraph B 

Explanation: In their search for a better living, more people are migrating from rural areas to large cities around the world, such as Tokyo, Mexico City, and Mumbai. Megacities, defined as conurbations with a population of more than 10 million people, are growing up across the globe. 

5. Paragraph B 

Explanation: Hares' legs are also longer than those of a rabbit, allowing them to sprint faster than a dog and achieve speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.

6. Paragraph D 

Explanation: Previously, the most frequent strategy for utilizing expensive space for living and working was to build upwards; thus, the desire for ever higher buildings, both apartment, and commercial, in major cities such as New York, Shanghai, and Singapore, all striving for the highest skyscrapers.

IELTS general reading locating information skill building exercise 2

Answer questions 1- 6 which are based on the reading passage below.

The Brown hares

  1. Brown hares, like many herbivores, spend a significant amount of time feeding. They prefer to do this in the dark, but when the nights are short, they do so during the day. Hares appear to prefer fields with a variety of flora, such as short and longer clumps of grasses, regardless of where they live. Uncultivated land and other unploughed regions on farms, such as field margins, have been shown to help them in studies. As a result, if farmers offered sections of woods in grazing areas as well as a variety of crops in arable areas, hares would have year-round shelter and food, which could be the key to reversing the current population reduction.
  2. Brown hares have a variety of physical characteristics that allow them to thrive in open areas. They have very large ears that move independently, allowing them to identify a wide variety of noises. The hares' huge golden eyes, perched high on their heads, provide 360° vision, making it difficult to catch a hare off guard. Hares have a much larger heart and a larger volume of blood in their body than mammals of similar size, allowing for superior speed and stamina. Hares' legs are also longer than those of a rabbit, allowing them to sprint faster than a dog and achieve speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.
  3. Brown hares have extraordinary lives for their size, mating from a young age and producing a huge number of leverets (babies). Every year, there are three litters of up to four leverets. Both males and females can breed at the age of seven months, but they must act quickly because they rarely live more than two years. The breeding season lasts from January to October, and most females are pregnant or giving birth to their first litter of the year by late February. So it's remarkable that hares appear to go insane in March when the breeding season is already underway: boxing, dancing, running and fighting. The term "crazy March hares" was coined as a result of this.
  4. Boxing happens all during the breeding season, but it's most common in March. This is because dusk — the period when hares are most active – gets later in the months ahead when fewer people are around. Crops and plants have also grown taller, concealing the hares. Boxing hares are usually females fighting off males, despite popular belief that they are males fighting over females. Hares are typically alone, but when a female is ready to mate, she battles off a series of males. This happens multiple times during the breeding season because the female will be ready to mate again once she has given birth.
  5. But how can females achieve this while also feeding themselves and caring for their children? Hares have evolved such self-sufficient young for this reason. Leverets, unlike baby rabbits, are born hairy and mobile. They are born weighing around 100 g and are left to their own devices by their mothers. After a few days, the litter members disperse to build their own 'forms,' or unique resting spots.
  6. Surprisingly, their mother only comes to see them once every 24 hours, and even then, she only suckles them for five minutes at a time. This lack of family contact may appear harsh to us, yet it is a tactic for attracting less predator attention. Leverets begin to feed themselves at the age of two weeks, while still sipping their mother's milk. They grow quickly, being fully weaned at four weeks and reaching adult weight at around six months.
  7. Hare milk is particularly rich and fatty, according to research, so a little goes a long way. Females require a high-quality, high-calorie diet in order to produce such nutritious milk. Hares are picky eaters at the best of times: unlike many herbivores, they can't wait for low-quality food to digest; they need high-energy herbs and other leaves to sprint. When faced with even minor changes in food availability and abundance, this causes them trouble. Hares suffer from a fall in the range of food plants, as well as a reduction in the diversity of farmland habitat
Questions 1- 6

This reading passage has seven paragraphs, A–G.

Which paragraph contains the following information?

Write the correct letter, A-G, as your answer to each question.

Note: You may use any letter more than once.

1. Brown hares have several physical traits that enable them to survive in open spaces.

2. At the age of two weeks, leverets start feeding themselves while still drinking their mother's milk.

3. Hares are usually solitary creatures, but when a female is ready to mate, she must fight off a slew of males.

4. Hares are suffering from a decline in the diversity of the farmland environment as well as a decrease in the range of food plants.

5. Hares also have longer legs than rabbits, allowing them to sprint faster than dogs.

6. Despite popular assumptions, boxing hares are mainly females beating off males.

Answers for the skill building exercise
1. Paragraph B

Explanation: Brown hares have a variety of physical characteristics that allow them to thrive in open areas. 

2. Paragraph F

Explanation: Leverets begin to feed themselves at the age of two weeks, while still sipping their mother's milk.

3. Paragraph D

Explanation:  Hares are typically alone, but when a female is ready to mate, she battles off a series of males. 

4. Paragraph G

Explanation: Hares suffer from a fall in the range of food plants, as well as a reduction in the diversity of farmland habitat.

5. Paragraph B

Explanation: Hares' legs are also longer than those of a rabbit, allowing them to sprint faster than a dog and achieve speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour.

6. Paragraph D

Explanation: Boxing hares are usually females fighting off males, despite popular belief that they are males fighting over females.

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Summary 

To sum up, IELTS reading locating information is the question you can use to boost your overall score. Practice well and utilize all the tips and strategies given in this blog to crack this question type effectively.

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