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IELTS Reading Question Type
Completing a Table and Flowchart


Complete the gaps in the table and flowchart with a word/word or a number/numbers from the text.


Despite the difference in layout, completing a table and flowchart are very similar in terms of task, skills required and strategies. 

Example: Table

IELTS Reading Complete Table

Example: Flowchart

IELTS Reading Flowchart

Strategies & Tips

  • Start by speed reading or skimming the text first. This will give you a good idea about what information is contained in each section or paragraph.

  • While reading, make brief notes of the question paper that summarize the information contained in each section or paragraph.

IELTS Reading Written Answers
  • Read the flow chart or table but don’t spend too much time analyzing it or trying to understand how it works.

  • Your reading skills are being tested, not your technical knowledge.

  • Answers do not always come in order.

  • The titles in the table and flow chart can be used a guide to find where the information is located.

  • Do not change the word from the text. Copy the word/words exactly from the text. 

  • Where applicable, read what comes before and after the gap to ensure your answer fits grammatically.

Predict the Answer

  • Read what comes before and after the question and predict the type of word (noun, verb etc.) and type of information missing. 

Example: Flowchart

Question 34 in the flowchart will be a number because it is preceded by “a total of” and possibly followed by a noun.



3 measurements

Example: Table

Question 33 in the table is most probably a person (noun) since it is preceded by “a” and followed by “who”.



Paraphrase and Synonyms

  • Be aware of the use of paraphrase and synonyms, before and after the gap. 

Example: Flowchart 


Question 34 

“71 species of living turtles and tortoises were examined and a total of 34............ were taken from the bones of their forelimbs.”



Walter Joyce and Jacques Gauthier, at Yale University, obtained three measurements in these particular bones of 71 species of living turtles and tortoises. 

  • When you read the question, think of how the key words will be paraphrased. Scan the text to locate the answer then read carefully read to confirm the answer.

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