Fail-proof Strategies for IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings in 2022

Introduction to IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings

In IELTS Reading, you may be asked to complete a Matching Sentence Endings question type.

A list of sentences will be provided in which the end has been left out. You must match the sentences with the correct ending based on the reading material. 

This is not one of the more frequent questions, but it must be comprehended. The question assesses your ability to recognize how sentence endings connect to the central ideas in the reading passage.

Common Mistakes Students make in IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings

These questions are difficult because many people think they can answer them using logic and grammar and don’t look at the reading text. 

They believe that using this method they’ll save time and they can work out the answer quickly by looking at the answers and matching the sentences that make the most sense. 

Don’t do this. 

It’s a test of your understanding of the reading text more than a test of how sentences go together. The examiners will try to fool you by connecting ideas in the reading text to answers that are wrong. 

Look for synonyms and paraphrases rather than exact matches with the text.

Tips for IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings

  • After you read the questions and the answers, you will notice that they are in the same order as they are in the text. That means that after you’ve answered question 1, you will know where to find the answer to question 2. 
  • To recognize where you need to begin, you must first predict how each sentence will end. You should start with these incomplete sentences first so that you don’t need to examine all of the endings. If you examine all of the endings, you will be wasting your time.
  • Synonyms and substitutes can be used to answer examiners’ questions instead of using the exact same wording.
  • When you brainstorm keywords, it is often a good idea to highlight names and dates. They are often easy to locate in the reading text.
  • Make sure the meaning of the reading text matches the words. Don’t just match words; make sure the ideas and context match. 
  • The first question is the most difficult, so spend more time on it. There are many different options for the first question, so this will take you longer to work out. The last question should take you less time, as you will have fewer options to choose from.

Strategies for IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings

  • Read the question carefully.
  • Before reading the endings, read the incomplete sentences first. Study keywords, especially names, locations, or dates, to determine what the sentences mean.
  • Before reading the endings, think about the grammatical category of the sentence (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs).
  • Before reading the endings, try to determine if there are any obvious answers.
  • Eliminate endings that cannot possibly match. Pay attention to grammar, collocations, and meaning.
  • Look at the endings, but don’t examine them too deeply. Attempt matching your guesses.
  • Find the correct portion of the reading text for each incomplete sentence. Synonyms and paraphrases should be kept in mind.
  • Identify the portion of the text and select the correct answer.

Final Thoughts

With the right strategy and the right amount of practice, you will be able to tackle IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings successfully and move towards a perfect Band 9 Score.

Lastly, Practice is extremely important to be on track. And the best place to practice IELTS Reading Matching Sentence Endings is at the Kandor website or the Kandor app.

You can also read more blog posts and keep learning about IELTS at our Kandor Academy.

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