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IELTS Listening: How to Address A Sentence Completion Question

You will get a number of sentences with some blank spaces in them. You need to complete those sentences filling the gaps. It is not a difficult question to answer. Look at the example below:


IELTS Listening Sentence Completion Queston example

Source: Cambridge English IELTS Past Papers

Solution Tips

  • Read the instruction sentence carefully. Look how many words you can write for each blank. As you can see in the example above, you are allowed to write only one word for each answer.

  • Take a quick look at the sentences before the audio clip starts. Get a general meaning of the sentences.

  • Try to predict the words and word types (noun, adjective, verb, adverb etc.) that you might need for filling the gaps.

  • Think about the paraphrases and synonyms that you might be listening to.

  • Be aware of your spelling. It's very important for IELTS exam. Many students throw away easy marks because of spelling errors.


Review the following resource in case you need:

Basic information on Listening section

Check the other Listening question types with detailed analyses and examples:

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