More on Reading task types
- reading quickly to get the general idea of a text
- reading quickly to locate information, eg to locate the relevant part of a text to complete a task
- reading relevant parts of the text more carefully.
- A four-option multiple-choice task in which you choose your answer from options A to D. You need to read the question and the options as well as the relevant part of the text carefully.
- A matching information task in which the text is divided into sections or paragraphs. For each question, you need to decide which section or paragraph a statement appears in. (The wording in the text won’t be the same as the statements in the task.) The focus of the task is reading through a text quickly to locate information.
- A matching features task. The ‘feature’ can vary. It may, for example, involve matching statements with a list of people or a list of dates.
- A matching sentence endings task in which you have to match the first half of a sentence with a list of possible endings.
- Sentence completion. You need to use words from the text to complete sentences, taking care to make sure that the complete sentence makes sense and is grammatically as well as factually correct.
- Summary, note, table or flow-chart completion. (There is also a variation of this task type where you have to select from a list of answers.) You have already seen an example of a note-completion task. You can use the key words provided in the summary, notes, table, or flow chart to help you find the part of the text that you need to read carefully.
- Diagram label completion. You need to complete labels on a diagram using a description of something in the text. To complete this type of task, you first need to quickly find the part of the text that contains the description that relates to the diagram, then read this description carefully.
- Short answer questions. The questions will be in the same order as the information in the text. Although there is no table, diagram, flow chart, or notes to guide you, the best approach is still to read quickly to locate the information you need, and then to read the relevant part more carefully.
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