IELTS Reading: Strategies- Matching Headings

Hello everyone,

Here is a podcast on strategies for the Matching Headings task in the IELTS reading test. I hope you find this useful. Thanks for listening. Please leave your comments below.


About Robert William McCaul (Roibeárd Liam Mac Cathmhaoil)

Polyglot & Language teacher & learner. I am interested in second language acquisition, phonology, language change, morphology, language revival, shift & maintenance, historical linguistics and multilingualism. I have aCELTA & DELTA & MaLing (currently at UCC, Ireland; previously at Brunel University, London & EIU, HCMC, Vietnam) & Cambridge and IELTS expert. Before teaching and writing, I worked as tour guide around continental Europe where I as able to use my French & Spanish and pick up Italian. I am a sometime Latin music DJ, Salsa instructor, Sean Nós singer and world traveller. I love people, finding out about things, conversation lover and I was, for a time, a bar top dancer in a club in mi querido Quito in Ecuador. I speak Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin and a little bit of German, Greek and Vietnamese. I am currently studying Chinese. Other interests include: History, Human Rights, Global Politics, Economics, Latin America & South East Asian affairs, the Middle East, Africa (Especially West Africa) and History. Gaeilge: Tá suim agam i dteangeolaíocht, i ndátheangachas agus i nGaeilge. Language Shift/ Maintenance, Na Teangacha Rómánsacha, Athbheochan Teanga, Shealbhú (an dara) Teanga

7 thoughts on “IELTS Reading: Strategies- Matching Headings

  1. Too wordy! Your comment “quiet a large percentage of your score.” is misleading. No one question counts for more than another. Basic knowledge for any teacher or any student who is attending an IELTS class taught by an experienced teacher.

    1. Thanks for your comment William. I must disagree. Of the last 23 reading tests I’ve seen, Matching Headings tasks have constituted between 6-10 questions of the total 40. That’s between 15-25%. If candidates can nail this type of task, and other high frequency tasks such as T/F/NG, they’ll be well on their way to a high score.

      1. Good to know that, Rob. I had no idea! I think what William meant was that you get an equal amount of points for every correctly answered question. But if statistically some question types occur more often, then we should definitely focus on them, especially if the course time is limited.

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