IELTS Reading: Strategy for Flowchart Completion Question

It's a step by step discussion based on the reading text. You will get some texts along with some blank spaces, you also might be provided with a number of words to fill in the blanks. 

The statements are actually short sentences, not long ones. There are arrows or lines in between the texts or statements. The arrows might appear in upward or downward flow. The flow chart can also be in horizontal or vertical directions. Look at the example below from an actual IELTS reading test:

Example

IELTS Reading Flowchart Completion Question

Source: Cambridge English IELTS Past Papers

In the example above, downward arrows are showing the direction how the information is supposed to flow. This question is not difficult to answer. The big advantage of this question is the statements come in order. The best tips when you address this question could be as follows:

  • Look at the instruction sentence carefully. Some restrictions of word limit might be mentioned there, as in this example above, you are instructed to use only one word for each gap.

  • Read the question sentences before reading the passage.

  • Spend some extra time for the first question. It will make your tasks for the remaining questions much easier.

  • As the statements are usually short, it is relatively easy to understand the meaning of each sentence. Find the keywords of each sentence.

  • Think about the words and the forms (noun, adjective, verb, adverb etc.) of the words that may take place in the gap.

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