Are you gearing up for higher studies in foreign country? Or are you planning to fly high for professional reasons? No matter what your purposes are, if your plan includes going to a foreign country where the people are native English speakers then probably you have to secure a good score in the required English proficiency tests. And when it comes to English proficiency tests, IELTS is the majorly taken and most preferred test in the world.

So, in order to make your dream come true you have to prepare well for the exam and achieve a good band score. Now, if you want to achieve a good overall score then you have to prepare and focus well in each section of the exam. The IELTS reading test is one that you have to prepare well in order to get a good overall band score.

Summary Completion Questions IELTS Reading Test

Summary completion question in IELTS reading TEST is one of the difficult questions. Usually, you find this type of question in section 3 but it may appear in section 2 also. To score well in the IELTS reading test, one has to be careful while solving these types of questions. But many find this part very difficult, for them this article is going to be very helpful. Let’s see what are the usual types of the questions.

This question is in the form of a paragraph which is either the summary of the whole passage or the summary of part of the passage. It is written in paraphrased form with usage of synonyms. So, it takes time for you to understand the question properly.

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Types of Summary Completion IELTS Reading

There are two types of summary completion questions in IELTS; one with the options (usually synonyms) given below the question and the other with no options.

In the first type, it becomes more complicated to find answers since here, after you find a word from the passage, you have to think of synonyms of that word in order to find its answer.

And in the second type, there will be word instructions given which you must follow to find your answer from the passage.

IELTS Reading Summary Completion Tips

Below mentioned are some of the tios that you should keep in mind while solving IELTS reading summary completion exercises. Alone with these tips, one should regularly do reading practice and keep on solving as many as possible IELTS reading summary completion exercises.

Understand IELTS Reading Test Question Well to Relate with Passage

The first and the most important thing to do before solving summary completion questions in IELTS reading is to understand the question properly.

Since the paragraph or in other words, summary is written in such a way that it becomes difficult to understand which part of the text it is referring to. Without getting an overview of the question, you may not be able to solve it well.

Underline Main Keywords in IELTS Reading Summary Completion Practice

Though the sentences in the summary completion question is the rewritten form of the IELTS reading passage, there are some words that are the same or similar to the words in the passage through which you are able to identify the paragraph from the passage from which it is extracted.

Hence, always underline the main words in the passage and use them to identify the suitable paragraph from the passage.

Choose Answer from Options Grammatically

When you are given options out of which you have to find the right one, checking out the sentences grammatically will work well in IELTS reading summary completion questions. For example, you may see that a noun would fit in the blank and hence you can ignore verbs, adjectives etc from the options.

Similarly, if you think that answer should be a plural word, you can ignore all the singular words in the options box. Many times, it is found that the summary completion question in IELTS is in the form of passive voice sentences while reading passage is in active voice.

Hence, in this case, you may need to change the form of the verb in the answer according to the question statement.

Shortlist Options and Choose Closest Option

Out of the given options, you should always first try to shortlist options by understanding the question as well as the appropriate paragraph in the IELTS academic reading or IELTS general reading passage.

Let’s say, from 10 options, you have chosen 2 as the likely answers. Then, again reread the paragraph as well as the question to finally choose the one, out of the shortlisted two, which you believe to be closer to the blank in the question.

For instance, if you believe option 1 seems to be 60% as your answer while option 2 seems to be 40% as your answer, you should go with option 1 with more probability of being your answer.

Answer Follows Order

Lastly, in the summary completion IELTS reading passage, question is in the form of a short summary which is a kind of brief of the passage written in the order of occurrence of information, hence you will find answers to your questions in the sequence of information given in the passage.


All the above mentioned tips will help any aspirant score well in the IELTS reading test. In order to improve the band score, one must look for sample papers or previous year question papers and solve those questions.

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