IELTS reading sentence completion

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  1. IELTS reading sentence completion
  2. Explanation about IELTS reading sentence completion
  3. IELTS reading sentence completion - strategies and tips to solve
  4. Skills required to solve the IELTS reading sentence completion questions
  5. Challenges faced while answering the IELTS reading sentence completion questions
  6. Difference between academic sentence completion and general sentence completion
  7. Sentence completion skill building exercise 1 (academic)
  8. Sentence completion skill building exercise 2 (general)
  9. Answer for the skill building exercise
  10. Summary

IELTS reading sentence completion is one of the complex question types in the IELTS exam. You should read the instructions carefully before answering the questions. The sentence completion questions will have a passage with questions given below it. The questions will have a blank space in which you have to read and find suitable answers from the passage.

The IELTS reading sentence completion is an important part of the IELTS reading section. This article covers in-depth details of the IELTS reading question types. Follow the tips and exercises given in the article and get better scores in the IELTS reading section.

Explanation about IELTS reading sentence completion

The incomplete sentences in IELTS reading sentence completion questions will be taken from the passage. In the questions you will find blanks for which you have to find answers. Read the passage carefully and look for words in the passage to fill in the blanks. Make sure that the answer does not exceed the given word limit.

IELTS reading sentence completion - strategies and tips to solve

We have given below 12 expert tips & strategies to crack the IELTS reading sentence completion section. The IELTS reading sentence completion - strategies and tips will be helpful in acquiring confidence to clear this question type easily.

1. Read the instructions given carefully, before answering the questions
2. Fill the blanks with the correct words after reading the passage
3. Read the passage again, if you have any doubts.
4. Read the passage thoroughly and scan through it for answers
5. The answer must be within the given word limit.
6. If you didn't get the answer, move on to the next question. Don't waste too much time on one question. 
7. Don't write the same word from the question in the answer.
8. Good vocabulary will help you during the exam.
9. Find the answers fast by scanning the passage quickly
10. Don't make spelling mistakes when you write the answers
11. Try to predict the answer before reading the passage and then read the passage carefully. 
12. Remember the tips and strategies while taking the exam.

Use these IELTS general reading sentence completion, strategies and tips to prepare well and score high marks in the exam.

Skills required to solve the IELTS reading sentence completion questions

  • Take time to read the passage twice or thrice 
  • Scan for the right keywords 
  • Identify the correct synonyms of words
  • Have Good vocabulary
  • Understand the instructions and answer the questions
  • Time management
  • Focus and attention to detail

Challenges faced while answering the IELTS reading sentence completion questions

  • Wasting too much time in trying to find the exact word to fill the blanks 
  • Not reading the tips and instructions
  • Not looking for synonyms or related words
  • Not understanding the paraphrased passage
  • Not able to manage time.

How will I answer the IELTS reading sentence completion

  1. First read the incomplete sentence in the question. 
  2. Think of the words you can use to fill the blanks. 
  3. Then think of the synonyms of the word. 
  4. Read through the passage carefully and locate the answer. 
  5. Read the question again. 
  6. Check whether your answer matches the sentence's meaning and grammar.
  7. If your word suits your sentence you can write the answer in the answer sheet. 

Difference between academic sentence completion and general sentence completion

The IELTS academic and general are two different exams. In IELTS general, the passages in sentence completion will be based on topics of general interest. In IELTS academic, the passages will have only academic related topics. The IELTS academic test will usually be taken by those who go abroad to study.

You can find more details on IELTS academic reading sentence completion questions 

Check here for more details on IELTS general reading sentence completion questions 

Sentence completion skill building exercise 1 (academic)

Origin of Technology

Technology is a set of techniques, abilities, procedures, and methods utilised in the creation of products or services, as well as the achievement of goals such as scientific research. The translation of natural resources into basic tools was the beginning of the human population's use of technology. The ancient knowledge of how to control fire, as well as the Agricultural Revolution that followed, boosted the number of sources of food available. Similarly, the creation of the wheel aided humans in travelling through and controlling their surroundings. Later technological advancements, such as the printing press, telephone, and Internet, have reduced physical barriers to effective communication and enabled people to engage freely on a global level. Military technology is evolving steadily, resulting in weapons with ever-increasing deadly capacity.
    
Technology is a hot topic these days because it is seen as a double-edged sword. While technology has assisted society in realising its full potential with great inventions, it also poses a risk to humanity through certain disastrous ones. In addition to destroying the world in unprecedented ways, technical advancements have made battles more and more catastrophic. The ethical implications of modern technological advancements, including DNA engineering, have become a hotly debated topic. Over the usage of technology, philosophical conflicts have erupted, including disagreements over whether technology enhances or damages the human situation.

To make things worse, due to recent advancements in science and its applications, a common definition of technology has grown harder to come by. It's particularly perplexing to determine whether technology refers to machines, the rules that control or put them to work, the system that runs them, or the various scientific applications that are tied to them. What is certain is that technology has shaped societies and evolved to meet the changing requirements of people.

Questions 1 – 5

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBERS from the passage for each answer. 

1. _______________ is a set of techniques, abilities, procedures, and methods utilised in the creation of products or services, as well as the achievement of goals such as scientific research. 

2. The ancient knowledge of how to control ___________, as well as the Agricultural Revolution that followed, boosted the number of sources of food available.

3. The printing press, telephone, and Internet have reduced ______________ to effective communication and enabled people to engage freely on a global level.

4. Technology also poses a __________ to humanity through certain disastrous ones. 

5. Philosophical conflicts have erupted, including disagreements over whether technology enhances or ____________ the human situation.

Answer for the skill building exercise

(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 regular font explains the answer in detail.)

1. Technology

Explanation: Paragraph 1 - Technology is a set of techniques, abilities, procedures, and methods utilised in the creation of products or services, as well as the achievement of goals such as scientific research. 

2. fire

Explanation: Paragraph 1 - The ancient knowledge of how to control fire, as well as the Agricultural Revolution that followed, boosted the number of sources of food available. 

3.  physical barriers

Explanation: Paragraph 1 - Later technological advancements, such as the printing press, telephone, and Internet, have reduced physical barriers to effective communication and enabled people to engage freely on a global level.

4. risk

Explanation: Paragraph 1 - While technology has assisted society in realising its full potential with great inventions, it also poses a risk to humanity through certain disastrous ones. 

5. damages

Explanation: Paragraph 1 - philosophical conflicts have erupted, including disagreements over whether technology enhances or damages the human situation.

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Sentence completion skill building exercise 2 (general)

Complementary and Alternative medicine

Is complementary medicine a gimmick or does it need a large-scale scientific study? Should science look at alternative medicine and the alleged developing linkages between mind and body in addition to conventional medicine? At the British Association for the Advancement of Science, this will be a hot topic of discussion. According to the latest Mintel poll, one in every 5 Britons uses alternative medicine, and one in every 10 utilises herbalism or homoeopathy. Each year, the UK spends around 130 million pounds on oils, potions, and pills, with the complementary and alternative medicine business estimated to be worth £1.6 billion.We asked scientists about complementary and alternative medicine along with Professor Edzard Ernst, Laing chair of complementary medicine at The Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. 75 scientists from a variety of specialties, including molecular biology and neuroscience, responded. 

Surprisingly, our scientists were twice as likely as the general public to use complementary medicine, with 4 out of 10 using it compared to 2 out of 10 in the overall community. They were thought to be effective by 75% of scientists. Acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathy were the most popular supplementary treatments among scientists, with over 55% believing they were more beneficial than a placebo and should be offered to everyone on the NHS. 

Questions 1 – 5

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.


1 At the ________ for the Advancement of Science, this will be a hot topic of discussion.

2 According to the latest ________, one in every 5 Britons uses alternative medicine, and one in every 10 utilises herbalism or homoeopathy. 

3 We asked scientists about complementary and alternative medicine along with Professor ________.

4 Acupuncture, chiropractic, and ________ were the most popular supplementary treatments among scientists.

5 75 scientists from a variety of specialties, including molecular biology and _______, responded. 

Answer for the skill building exercise

(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 regular font explains the answer in detail.)

1. British Association

Explanation: At the British Association for the Advancement of Science, this will be a hot topic of discussion.

2. Mintel poll

Explanation: According to the latest Mintel poll, one in every 5 Britons uses alternative medicine, and one in every 10 utilises herbalism or homoeopathy. 

3. Edzard Ernst

Explanation: We asked scientists about complementary and alternative medicine along with Professor Edzard Ernst, Laing chair of complementary medicine at The Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

4. osteopathy

Explanation: Acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathy were the most popular supplementary treatments among scientists, with over 55% believing they were more beneficial than a placebo and should be offered to everyone on the NHS. 

5. Neuroscience

Explanation: 75 scientists from a variety of specialties, including molecular biology and neuroscience, responded. 

Check more for IELTS general reading sentence completion exercise with answer 

The below mentioned reading passages let you know the significance of the sentence completion question type. Check them for more practice.

Summary

This article gives you an idea of the IELTS academic and general sentence completion question types. The exercises have been given for you to practice and improve your skills in answering the IELTS reading sentence completion questions. Use the tips and strategies in this article to tackle the exam well. Follow all the instructions and answer your questions to score the best marks in IELTS. 

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