Thursday, 15 December 2011

Reading Part 2 - Gapped Text

Reading, Part 2, tests your knowledge of how texts are structured.  Seven sentences or short paragraphs are removed from a text and you choose a sentence/paragraph from a jumbled list to complete the gaps.  There is one sentence/paragraph that is not used.

For this part of the reading test, it is important to read what comes before and after the gap.  Clues in the text include:
  • pronouns
  • linkers of contrast, addition, etc. (however, in addition, furthermore, etc.)
  • vocabulary related to the theme of that part of the text
Candidates who are successful in this part of the text use these clues to predict the content of the gaps before attempting to complete the text.  Here are some tips that may help you with this part of the exam:
  1. Read the whole text quickly to get an idea of what the text is about.
  2. Carefully read the text before and after the gap and think about the meaning.  Try to predict the type of information that is missing.
  3. Read the sentence options and find one that makes sense by using the clues above (pronouns, vocabulary, etc.)
  4. If you have problems choosing the correct answer, eliminate those you know are wrong.
  5. Read the complete text.  Does it make sense? 
  6. If you are unsure, about an answer, make an intelligent guess.  Do not leave gaps.  It is possible your guess is correct and you will get more points!
Click here for some online practice.
    Good luck with this part of the exam!


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