IELTS Reading: Matching Nouns with Information

IELTS Reading: Matching Nouns with Information

Zilpah D'Souza Published:
July 06, 2024

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is trusted by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess a non-native speaker's English language proficiency for immigration to Canada. Being one of the most well-known language exams in the world, an IELTS GT test score is essential for people who wish to immigrate to Canada. There are two unique IELTS exam types: the Academic and General Training (GT) tests. People who plan to migrate attend the former, whereas students pursuing further education in an English-speaking country like Canada attend the latter, as their names suggest.

The purpose of the IELTS Reading test is to evaluate a candidate's comprehension and ability to learn from various textual sources. One of the question types in this section is the ‘matching nouns with facts’ question type. To correctly answer these questions, test takers must match a list of nouns or noun phrases from the questions with the relevant information provided in the reading section. This article gives you a complete understanding of this question type and strategies to help you succeed when matching nouns with information in the IELTS Reading test.

Comprehending the question structure

Test takers are usually asked to match facts with nouns in the form of a list or a table in these questions. Rows in the table or list include data from the text, while the column headings identify the nouns and noun phrases. Test-takers are required to match the correct word or noun phrase with the pertinent details from the text.


Locate the important nouns

After carefully reading the questions, make note of any important nouns or noun phrases. To find information that correlates with these words or phrases, you must search the text. Keep an eye out for any additional details or keywords associated with the nouns that might aid in locating the relevant material.

Review the passage

Quickly read the section to get a feel of its core idea, structure, and organization before attempting to match the nouns with the content. By skimming, you can have a better understanding of the text and identify passages or sections that are most likely to contain the information you require.

Apply the scanning technique

Use the scanning approach to uncover the details related to each noun after identifying the key nouns or noun phrases and skimming the text. Quickly scan the text, making note of any terms that are synonyms or keywords related to the nouns you want to match. Identify words or ideas that bear resemblance to the data in the questions.

Take notice of signal words

The important information may be found by following the signal words or phrases in the paragraph. These words often indicate the existence of the matching noun or noun phrase. Some examples of signal words include names, dates, numbers, specific terminology, or phrases that indicate a shift in the section's focus or subject matter. As you study the text, keep an eye out for these clues.

Identify paraphrasing and synonyms

In the IELTS Reading test, the passage and the nouns or noun phrases in the questions could not be precisely the same. Often, paraphrases or synonyms are used in their instead. Therefore, it is critical to improve your ability to identify synonyms and understand paraphrased phrases to correctly match the nouns with the appropriate verbs.

Evaluate the sentence structure

Take special note of the way the questions and the passage's phrases are structured. Occasionally, the sentence patterns of the questions may provide clues about the sentence structures of the material.

You may be able to identify the information that belongs to a noun by understanding its grammatical structure and the relationship between it and the information provided.

Strategy of elimination

If you are unsure about a specific match, use the elimination technique. Cross out any options that are not relevant to the information in the text. The probability that you will select the appropriate match for each phrase will increase as your alternatives become more and more limited.

Matching nouns with information (in summary…)

Matching nouns with information questions in the IELTS Reading test may seem challenging, but you can become better at it with practice. Understanding the format of the question, identifying key nouns, skimming the text, using the scanning approach, paying attention to signal words, looking at sentence structure, and applying the elimination technique can all help you match nouns with information properly.

By employing these strategies and improving your practice, you may increase your score in the Reading test and become more skilled at extracting relevant information.

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