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Paying More Attention on the Instruction in Reading IELTS (Part Two)

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Another form of instruction that you should pay more attention on is as follow. 
Question 8-11 
Using a NUMBER or NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS, answer the following questions. Write your answer in boxes 8-11 on your answer sheet. 

8. What percentage of earth buildings in New Zealand were constructed in the past 5 years?
9. Name ONE building material that contains chemical preservatives.
10. Name the feature of earth houses that enables them to keep temperatures low in summer.
11. Name TWO substances that can lengthen the life of earth as a building material. 

From the instruction above, you know that you are not allowed to give more than three words as the answer. It means you can give one, two, or three words as your answer. You may also use number. Now, let us see question number 8. You can get ‘percentage’ and ‘New Zealand’ as your keywords. Skim the following passage with those keywords.


Now, you have got the location for the answer of question 8, in paragraph two. As the answer, you can write “thirty five percent” or write the number “35%”. These two kinds of answer do not break the rule stated in the instruction. Therefore, you are free to choose one of them.

Then, next, skim the next paragraph. Remember that the questions are given based on its chronological order. That is why you do not need to go to the same part or previous one. For number 9, you can find the answer in paragraph 3 at the last line. The sentence states, “This cannot be said for commercially solid timber and brick products”. Be careful with it. Remember that you are only asked to mention one material. So, instead of picking these two answers, you can choose one. Again, you are free to choose one of it.

Next thing to do is keep skimming the next paragraph. The answer for question 10 can be found in paragraph 4. It is stated in the first sentence of this paragraph. Therefore, you get the phrase of “passive solar capacity” as the answer.

For question number 11, simply get the answer from paragraph 8. It is mentioned that there are some substances that can lengthen the life of earth as a building material. They are cement, sand, straw, and even cow dung. You can take two of them as the answer as it is requested.  

Reference: IELTS to Success Preparation Tips and Practice Tests by Erick van Bemmel (Melbourne, 1997)

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