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IELTS Reading Task: Matching

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These questions require you to match a list of opinions to sources mentioned in the text. These questions are used with the texts which present a number of different people’s opinions.
The sources are usually numbered and the opinions are given a letter each. In the answer booklet you write the letter(s) beside the numbers.
There could be more opinions than sources. If so, you’ll need to write more than one letter beside the question in the answer booklet. If there are more sources than opinions, then one of more or the opinions will be used more than once.

Look at the example below.
This example has more opinions than sources.
Questions 1-4
Look at the following writers (Questions 1-4) and the list of their opinions below. Match each person with their opinion. Write the appropriate letters A-F in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet.
NB You may use any of the writersnames more than once.
1 Anna Blair
2 Dr Ian Sampson
3 Dean Frazer
4 Jane Langton
List of opinions
A Life experience is essential for a writer.
B Anyone who has a story can write.
C Discipline and organization are just as
important as creativity.
D A writer has to be content to work alone.
E The first novel is the easiest to write.
F A good working relationship with ones’ editor
is essential for a writer.

How to do:
-          Read the instructions carefully,
-          Take the names of the sources one by one and find them in the text and underline them.
-          When you have located a name, read carefully to see what is said about his/her opinions.
-          Look at the list of opinions and see if you can make a match.
-          Remember that the text is not likely to use the same words as the questions, so look for synonyms and parallel expressions.
-          Be aware that the sources may be referred to in more than one place in the text.
-          The opinions in the task are not listed in the same order as they appear in the text.
-          Phrases like ‘he said’ or ‘in his opinion’ should help you locate the arguments.


Reference: How to Prepare for IELTS Writing. City University of Hongkong: English Language Center.

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