In IELTS reading passages, you may come across flow chart type of questions. These are not always asked in the exam but can be there and hence you need to prepare yourself for the same. Flow chart questions are very easy questions to solve, similar to diagram labelling ones. The flow chart is basically an illustration or outline of the reading passage. The flow of information in the question can be in the upward, downward, horizontal or vertical direction. You are given blanks to fill in the sentences of short length. Let us check out some tips on how to do flow chart type of questions in IELTS reading.
Choose Answers as Exact Words from Passage
One of the mistakes candidates often make in IELTS reading flow chart questions is that they manipulate words while writing down answers. Actually, you have to choose the same words from the passage without changing them. For example, if you find “right foot first” written in the passage, you cannot write it as “first right foot”. Hence, it should be written in the same order as given in the passage. Another example is, you cannot write “flow of information” if you find “information flow” written in the reading passage.
Check if Answer Fits in Blank Grammatically
Though you can manipulate your answers, by changing the order of word or by using synonyms, you can adjust your answer to fit in the blank grammatically in flow chart question of IELTS reading. For instance,
“……where they process food…..” Question Statement: “……where food is processed” In the above question, “processed” which is the third of form “process” is to be written as the answer because the question statement is in passive voice while statement in the passage is in active voice. Check for Indicating Words Since it is a flow chart which can be a kind of step of step instruction or a process flow, you can look for some indicating words in the IELTS reading passage to follow the order of information in the right way. For example, words such as “followed by”, “proceeded by”, “succeeded by”, “after this”, “as a result”, “later on” etc. Such words would help you to know which information comes first and which is next in the reading passage as per the order of question. Information Flows in Order As is applicable for all the questions of IELTS reading passage, it is valid for flow chart question also that you get the information in reading passage in the order of question. Hence, you will find information for question 1 firstly, question 2 secondly and so on. Be Careful About Word Instruction Another common tip of IELTS reading questions that is useful for flow chart questions as well is the word instruction. Always be careful about the number of words within which you have to write your answers. “One word only”, “no more than two words and/or a number” and “no more than three words and/or a number” are the likely word instructions in flow chart questions. Remember that you never write your answer in more than three words in IELTS reading module. – See more at: http://ieltsninja.com/10-important-tips-for-ielts-reading/