I’m still in the process of furnishing our new home with stuff from Amazon, and the playful (?!…) delivery person likes to dump our packages in the most unexpected places.

It’s as if they were playing hide and seek with me on purpose, but TBH I’m not always in the mood to walk around in the neighborhood, trespassing (!!) on other people’s property just to retrieve what they left at the wrong place…

IELTS reading can be similarly disconcerting for our students, who might be looking for an answer that has been hidden… in a later paragraph, for example.

• guessing the right LOCATION for any possible evidence either BEFORE we even start reading,


• relying on our short-term memory to know where to read AGAIN 

are two crucial reading SUB-SKILLS that are worth teaching to our IELTS learners.

What’s ONE reading question type on IELTS where the answers tend to be clumped together into the same paragraph?

(Answer key: Completion type questions. 

In these the answers usually come from one section rather than the entire text, therefore it is crucial for the reader to be able to quickly detect which section is being talked about in the questions. Slower readers may set out to read the text again from beginning to end instead of quickly scanning it for some key specific information to locate the section in question.)

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