Dạng Table Completion hay Summary Completion, bản chất là dạng Fill in the gap, tức là các em phải có kĩ năng highlight keywords chọn những từ cần thiết trong IELTS READING / IELTS LISTENING, từ đó hiểu thật kĩ câu hỏi của đề bài, rồi có thể tự khoanh vùng đoạn nào trong bài text nhắc đến hoặc paraphrase keywords mà các em đã highlight ở câu hỏi để tìm ra đáp án. Hôm nay, IELTS TUTOR giới thiệu đến các em hướng dẫn siêu chi tiết cách làm dạng bài Table Completion này, cùng với vô số bài tập để các em luyện tập!
Hướng dẫn cách làm dạng Table completion trong IELTS READING
Đây là dạng bài muốn kiểm tra kĩ năng của các em trong việc đọc thông tin chi tiết trong bài đọc.
Bước 1: Đọc đề bài: Đề bài ở đây chính là các cụm từ xuất hiện ở phía đầu (Ví dụ: NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS, hoặc NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER). Các em không được coi thường những yêu cầu này, ví dụ đề cho các em NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS, mà các em điền 3 words thì cũng ra đi rồi nha!
Bước 2: Đọc các từ xuất hiện trong Table, gạch chân các từ khóa, cố gắng ghi nhớ các từ keywords để khi vào bài reading text sẽ nhớ ra ngay à ở câu hỏi có những keywords đó là những từ mình cần phải tìm để khoanh vùng
Bước 3: Xác định đoạn thông tin mình cần đọc trong bài text, dựa vào những keywords mình đã highlight trong câu hỏi
Bước 4: Sau khi đã xác định được khoanh vùng đoạn văn mình nghi ngờ chứa đáp án, các em sẽ check lại câu hỏi 1 lần nữa để confirm lại câu hỏi, sau đó đọc lại đoạn văn các em khoanh vùng chứa đáp án, xem đã đúng chưa, nếu đúng rồi thì bắt tay vào điền từ. Dựa vào ngữ pháp và ngữ cảnh, dự đoán loại từ cần điền trong ô trống (noun, gerund, verb, adj…)
3. Những lỗi sai tuyệt đối không được mắc phải trong dạng Table Completion
a. Không đọc kĩ đề bài - Điền nhiều hơn số từ đề bài quy định
Đề bài Table Completion trong IELTS Reading có thể như sau:
“NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER”.
Vậy các em chỉ có thể điền tối đa 2 từ và 1 số (two words + 1 number) nếu các em điền 3 từ là sai.
b. Lỗi chính tả - Tất cả những lỗi gì liên quan đến SPELLING sẽ không được tính điểm
Rất nhiều bạn thường luống cuống và chép sai đáp án vào tờ trả lời. Hoặc các bạn quên viết hoa cho tên riêng hay danh từ riêng, hoặc các động từ thì sẽ phải viết thường.
c. Biến đổi câu trả lời - Từ các em điền không phải từ 100% xuất hiện trong đáp án
Các em không được phép biến đổi cụm từ trong bài đọc để trả lời câu hỏi. Ví dụ đáp án cần điền là “a three-year-old boy”, nhưng các em lại bỏ dấu gạch ở giữa các từ “three-year-old” đi vậy trở thành “a three year old boy” có thể dẫn tới thừa chữ trong ô trống.
Một điểm các em phải nhớ, các từ các em phải điền vào câu trả lời phải 100% xuất hiện trong bài text, tức bài text từ nào các em điền vào từ đấy, không thêm không bớt, không sửa
Hướng dẫn cách làm dạng Summary completion trong IELTS READING
Hướng dẫn cách làm dạng Summary completion with a box trong IELTS READING
BÀI TẬP 1
BÀI TẬP 2
Read the following passage about nocturnal animals.
Nocturnality is an animal behaviour characterised by activity during the night and sleep during the day. The common adjective is "nocturnal", versus its opposite “diurnal”.
Nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing and smell, and specially adapted eyesight. Such traits can help animals such as the Helicoverpa zea moth to avoid predators. Some animals, such as cats and ferrets, have eyes that can adapt to both low-level and bright day levels of illumination. Others, such as bushbabies and some bats, can function only at night. Many nocturnal creatures, including most owls, have large eyes in comparison with their body size to compensate for the lower light levels at night.
Being active at night is a form of niche differentiation, where a species' niche is partitioned not by the amount of resources but by time (i.e. temporal division of the ecological niche). For example, hawks and owls can hunt the same field or meadow for the same rodents without conflict because hawks are diurnal and owls are nocturnal.
Fill the gaps in the summary using words from the list below it.
Nocturnal animals sleep during the daytime, whereas ______ animals are awake during the day and they ______ at night. Animals that are active at night tend to have ______ hearing and smell, and they may have ______ eyesight. Nocturnality allows animals to hunt for prey without having to ______ with predators that are active during daylight hours.
most, sensitive, asleep, conflict, diurnal, compete, exceptional, sleep
BÀI TẬP 3
Read the following passage about animal migration.
(Source: National Geographic)
Large migrations are some of nature's greatest spectacles. Wildebeest and zebra chase the rains through the Mara ecosystem every year, monarch butterflies trace a path from Mexico to Canada and back, and tiny songbirds fly nonstop for days at a time. And now scientists are starting to figure out how they know where to go, and when.
Some of these animals, they’ve found, have their migration pathways written into their genes. A songbird hatched in a laboratory, having seen nothing of the natural world, still attempts to begin migration at the right time of year and in the right cardinal direction.
But large mammals like bighorn sheep and moose are a different story. Wildlife researchers have long suspected that they require experience to migrate effectively, that their annual journeys are the result of learning from one another, not of genetic inheritance. A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that those hunches may be correct—some animals must learn how to migrate.
The existence of collective information and knowledge, that can be passed from older animals to younger ones, is a form of “culture,” researchers explain. And when animals learn as a result of social interaction and the transfer of this information, that’s a type of cultural exchange—as opposed to genetic.
Fill each gap in the summary below with ONE word from the passage.
Scientists believe that ______ are responsible for some animal migrations. Songbirds, for example, do not need to learn when and in which ______ to migrate. On the other hand, bighorn sheep appear to ______ migration habits from the herd. They, and other mammals, seem to have a ______ that is passed from one generation to the next through interaction and exchange of ______.
BÀI TẬP 4
Read the following passage about compound words and hyphens.
A study of more than 10,000 compound words has found that four basic rules, regarding when to use a hyphen, will work 75 per cent of the time.
If the compound word is a verb (like to blow-dry), or an adjective (like world-famous), it probably needs a hyphen. For nouns with two syllables, like break-up and set-to, the rule is easy: use a hyphen only when the second word has two letters. If the second part of the word has more than two letters, it should be spelled as a single word, like coastline or bedroom. This explains why hotdog is not hyphenated. Finally, if the noun has three or more syllables, it is two separate words. Examples here include bathing suit and washing machine.
Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, who is a linguistics professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, produced the simple set of rules after examining thousands of English words. She worked alongside a programmer and a statistician to find the patterns in the English language. She said: “A whole range of factors can have an influence on how compound words are typically spelled. But on a general level, it all boils down to a few simple guidelines.” She has published exceptions to the rules, and additional guidelines for hyphens, in a book called ‘English Compounds and their Spelling’.
(Adapted from www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech)
Answer each question below with just ONE word.
BÀI TẬP 5
Read the following excerpt from a newspaper article about the effects of humans on wild animals.
Humans are driving mammals including deer, tigers and bears to hide under the cover of darkness, jeopardising the health of the creatures that are only supposed to be active by day, new research his found. The presence of people can instil strong feelings of fear in animals and as human activities now cover 75 per cent of the land, we are becoming increasingly harder to avoid. Unable to escape during the day, mammals are forced to emerge during the night.
A team led by Kaitlyn Gaynor at the University of California, Berkeley arrived at this conclusion after analysing nearly 80 studies from six continents that monitored the activity of various mammals using GPS trackers and motion-activated cameras. The scientists used this data to assess the night time antics of the animals during periods of low and high human disturbance.
Such disturbances ranged from relatively harmless activities like hiking to overtly destructive ones like hunting, as well as larger scale problems like farming and road construction. Overall, the researchers concluded that from beavers to lions, there was an increase in nocturnal behaviour when humans were in the vicinity.
Fill the gaps in the summary using words from the list below it.
A recent study has shown that many mammals are being forced to become ______ due to the presence of humans. Scientists reached these findings by ______ and analysing the movements of mammals in areas with different levels of ______. They showed that human activities, ranging from hiking to ______ to road building, made it more likely that mammals would ______ at night.
BÀI TẬP 6
Here's part of an exercise from Cambridge IELTS book 12 (test 5, passage 2). The exercise is quite easy, but it contains some good 'keywords'.
Collecting as a hobby
Many collectors collect to develop their social life, attending meetings of a group of collectors and exchanging information on items. This is a variant on joining a bridge club or gym, and similarly brings them into contact with like-minded people.
Another motive for collecting is the desire to find something special, or a particular example of a collected item, such as a rare early recording by a particular singer. Some may spend their whole lives in a hunt for this. Psychologically, this can give a purpose to a life that otherwise feels aimless.
Complete each sentence below with ONE word from the passage.
Which 'keywords' in the questions and in the passage helped you to get the answers?
BÀI TẬP 7
Fill the gaps in the text using the 10 words below.
A _____ report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant _____" of global warming since the 1950s. The report by the UN's climate panel details the physical _____ behind climate change. On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is "_____", it explained. The panel warns that continued _____ of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system. To contain these changes will require "substantial and sustained _____ of greenhouse gas emissions".
After a week of intense negotiations in the Swedish capital, the summary for policymakers on the physical science of global warming has finally been released. For the future, the report states that warming is _____ to continue under all _____. Prof Sir Brian Hoskins, from Imperial College London, told BBC News: "We are performing a very dangerous _____ with our planet, and I don't want my grandchildren to suffer the _____."
emissions, experiment, cause, unequivocal, landmark, consequences, reductions, scenarios, projected, evidence
Text adapted from BBC website
BÀI TẬP 8
Read the following passage and complete the exercise below it.
The Major Oak is a large English oak tree in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. According to local folklore, Robin Hood and his Merry Men used the Major Oak as their hideout. The size of the tree and its mythical status have led it to become a popular tourist attraction.
The Major Oak weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 10 metres, a canopy of 28 metres, and is about 800 to 1000 years old. In a 2002 survey, it was voted ‘Britain's favourite tree’, and in 2014 it was voted ‘England's Tree of the Year' in a public poll by the Woodland Trust.
(Major Oak. Click on image to enlarge)
There are several theories concerning why the Major Oak became so huge and oddly shaped. One theory is that the Major Oak may be several trees that fused together as saplings. An alternative explanation is that the tree may have been pollarded. Pollarding is a pruning system that can cause a tree’s trunk and branches to grow large and thick. Due to their size and weight, the tree’s massive limbs require the partial support of an elaborate system of scaffolding, which was first put in place during the Victorian era.
Interestingly, in 2002, someone attempted to illegally sell acorns from the Major Oak on an internet-based auction website.
Fill the gaps using words (weight ; branches ; den ; myth ; height ; put in ; put up ;circumference ;joined ; were )
BÀI TẬP 9
Read the passage and complete the summary using words from the box below it.
NB You will not need to use all of the words.
Bilinguals and Personality
Many people believe that bilinguals have two different personalities, one for each of the languages they speak, and that switching between languages makes bilinguals act differently. Although this may seem unbelievable to some, research actually supports this idea.
According to various studies, bilinguals who are also bicultural and are actively involved in both of their cultures, interpret situations differently depending on which language they speak in. Although everyone, monolinguals and bilinguals alike, is able to change the way they feel and interpret events (a phenomenon known as frame-shifting), biculturals do this without realising when switching between languages.
The changes are not only linguistic. As an English-Spanish bicultural myself I do find I act differently depending on which culture I'm immersed in at the time. I'm often aware of the fact that when I speak to other Spanish speakers my voice is slightly louder and I gesticulate more than when I talk to English speakers. Could we then say that bilinguals have two different personalities?
There is some _____ to show that people who are bilingual exhibit a different _____ depending on which language they are speaking. Some bilinguals also have two _____ cultural identities, meaning that they are able to _____ their behaviour effortlessly according to their cultural _____. This may involve changes in _____ of speech or in the use of _____ language.
BÀI TẬP 10
As I'm sure you know, reading also benefits your writing. As an example, let's look at an article that discusses the 'homework' topic that we've been working on in recent writing lessons here on the blog.
Click here to read the article.
Here are some sentences using vocabulary from the passage. Can you fill the gaps that I've left?
*These expressions are a little informal.
BÀI TẬP 11
Try the gap-fill exercise below the following passage. It's the same passage that we saw in last week's lesson.
A Work of Genius
By the beginning of the 15th century, after a hundred years of construction, Florence Cathedral was still missing its dome. The building required an octagonal dome which would be higher and wider than any that had ever been built, with no external buttresses to keep it from spreading and falling under its own weight.
The building of such a masonry dome posed many technical problems. Filippo Brunelleschi, who is now seen as a key figure in architecture and perhaps the first modern engineer, looked to the great dome of the Pantheon in Rome for solutions. The dome of the Pantheon is a single shell of concrete, the formula for which had long since been forgotten. Soil filled with silver coins had held the Pantheon dome aloft while its concrete set. This could not be the solution in the case of the Florence Cathedral dome, due to its size. Another possible solution, the use of scaffolding, was also impractical because there was not enough timber in the whole of the region of Tuscany.
Brunelleschi would have to build the dome out of brick, due to its light weight compared to stone and being easier to form, and with nothing under it during construction. His eventual success can be attributed, in no small degree, to his technical and mathematical genius. Brunelleschi used more than four million bricks to create what is still the largest masonry dome in the world.
Fill each gap in the summary with a letter A - I.
Due to the 1)______ and 2)______ of the required structure, the construction of a dome for the cathedral in Florence had challenged architects for many years. A method employed by the Romans, using 3)______ to support a dome while it was being built, was not suitable, and an insufficient supply of 4)______ meant that scaffolding could not be used either. The architect Brunelleschi finally 5)______ in building the largest 6)______ dome in the world.
BÀI TẬP 12
Try the following exercise from Cambridge IELTS book 10 (test 2, passage 2). My students found the two questions quite difficult.
Part of the passage about 'gifted children':
A very close positive relationship was found when children’s IQ scores were compared with their home educational provision (Freeman, 2010). The higher the children’s IQ scores, especially over IQ 130, the better the quality of their educational backup, measured in terms of reported verbal interactions with parents, number of books and activities in their home etc.
To be at their most effective in their self-regulation, all children can be helped to identify their own ways of learning - metacognition - which will include strategies of planning, monitoring, evaluation, and choice of what to learn. Emotional awareness is also part of metacognition, so children should be helped to be aware of their feelings around the area to be learned, feelings of curiosity or confidence, for example.
Fill the gaps below with no more than TWO words from the passage.
BÀI TẬP 13
Read the following text about universities.
Religion was central to the curriculum of early European universities. However, its role became less significant during the 19th century, and by the end of the 1800s, the German university model, based on more liberal values, had spread around the world. Universities concentrated on science in the 19th and 20th centuries, and became increasingly accessible to the masses. In Britain, the move from industrial revolution to modernity saw the arrival of new civic universities with an emphasis on science and engineering.
The funding and organisation of universities vary widely between different countries around the world. In some countries, universities are predominantly funded by the state, while in others, funding may come from donors or from fees which students attending the university must pay.
Complete the sentences below with NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage.
1. The German university model, which became popular in the 19th century, promoted ______.
2. Over the last 200 years, a university education has become ______ the general public.
3. Depending on the country, universities may be funded by the state, by donors, or by fee-paying ______.
BÀI TẬP 14
The exercise below serves as both IELTS reading practice and topic research for this week's writing lesson (about 'telework').
Fill the gaps in the passage with the following words:
commute, mobility, instant, efficient, remote, smartphones, locations
Telecommuting, ______ work, or telework is a work arrangement in which employees do not ______ to a central place of work. A person who telecommutes is known as a "telecommuter", "teleworker", and sometimes as a "home-sourced," or "work-at-home" employee. Many telecommuters work from home, while others, sometimes called "nomad workers", use mobile telecommunications technology to work from coffee shops or other ______.
Telework is facilitated by tools such as groupware, virtual private networks, conference calling and videoconferencing. It can be ______ and useful for companies since it allows workers to communicate over long distances, saving travel time and cost. Furthermore, with their improving technology and increasing popularity, ______ are becoming widely used in telework. They substantially increase the ______ of the worker and the degree of coordination with their organization. The technology of mobile phones allows ______ communication through text messages, camera photos, and video clips from anywhere and at any time.
Bài tập 15
The articles used in the IELTS reading test often come from magazines like The Economist or The New Scientist. Why not practise for the exam by reading articles from these magazines?
Here are a few paragraphs from an article about the use of wireless communications to improve health care. I've made it into a gap-fill exercise.
Fill the gaps with one of the following words: cutting, advances, track, coming, empower, chief, developing
Pundits have long predicted that ______ in genetics will usher in a golden age of individually tailored therapies. But in fact it is much lower-tech wireless devices and internet-based health software that are precipitating the mass customisation of health care, and creating entirely new business models in the process.
The hope is that nimble new technologies, from smart-phones to health-monitoring devices, will ______ patients and doctors, and thus improve outcomes while ______ costs. The near ubiquity of mobile phones is the ______ reason to think this optimistic scenario may come true. Patients with smart-phones can certainly benefit from interactive “wellness” applications that track diet, exercise and vital signs.
Many companies are ______ up with “home health” devices embedded with wireless technology. Some are overtly clinical in nature: Medtronic, a devices giant, is ______ a bedside monitor that wirelessly tracks the blood sugar levels in diabetic children sleeping nearby. GE has come up with “body sensor networks”, tiny wireless devices that ______ the vital signs of those who wear them.
Full article: Apr 8th 2010, From The Economist
Bài tập 16
Read the following text about pedestrian zones in cities.
A large number of European towns and cities have made part of their centres car-free since the early 1960s. These are often accompanied by car parks on the edge of the pedestrianised zone, and, in the larger cases, park and ride schemes. Central Copenhagen is one of the largest and oldest examples: the auto-free zone is centred on Strøget, a pedestrian shopping street, which is in fact not a single street but a series of interconnected avenues which create a very large auto-free zone, although it is crossed in places by streets with vehicular traffic. Most of these zones allow delivery trucks to service the businesses located there during the early morning, and street-cleaning vehicles will usually go through these streets after most shops have closed for the night.
In North America, where a more commonly used term is pedestrian mall, such areas are still in their infancy. Few cities have pedestrian zones, but some have pedestrianised single streets. Many pedestrian streets are surfaced with cobblestones, or pavement bricks, which discourage any kind of wheeled traffic, including wheelchairs. They are rarely completely free of motor vehicles.
Fill the gaps below with NO MORE THAN 3 WORDS from the text.
BÀI TẬP 17
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft.
The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem". This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than anyone had before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than rival models.
They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice.
Fill each gap in the summary below with a maximum of 2 words.
In 1903, the Wright brothers completed development of the first airplane that was capable of sustaining controlled ______. The key to their success was a system that gave the pilot the means to control and ______ the airplane. This set them apart from other inventors who had focused on building ______. The brothers had previous experience with a wide variety of ______, but it was their work with ______ that had the greatest influence on their ideas.
BÀI TẬP 18
Read the following passage about the discovery of penicillin.
The discovery of penicillin is attributed to Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming. Fleming recounted that the date of his breakthrough was on the morning of September 28, 1928. It was a lucky accident: in his laboratory in the basement of St. Mary's Hospital in London, Fleming noticed a petri dish containing Staphylococcus culture that he had mistakenly left open. The culture had become contaminated by blue-green mould, and there was a halo of inhibited bacterial growth around the mould. Fleming concluded that the mould was releasing a substance that was repressing the growth of the bacteria. He grew a pure culture and discovered that it was a Penicillium mould, now known to be Penicillium notatum. Fleming coined the term "penicillin" to describe the filtrate of a broth culture of the Penicillium mould.
Fill the gaps in the summary below using words from the passage.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by ______ on September 28, 1928. He found that the growth of bacteria on a petri dish was ______ by a blue-green mould that had contaminated the culture. He realised that the mould was producing a substance that was responsible for ______ bacterial growth.
BÀI TẬP 19
Read the following passage about creative writing.
New research, prompted by the relatively high number of literary families, shows that there may be an inherited element to writing good fiction. Researchers from Yale in the US and Moscow State University in Russia launched the study to see whether there was a scientific reason why well-known writers have produced other writers.
The study analysed the creative writing of 511 children aged eight to 17 and 489 of their mothers and 326 fathers. All the participants wrote stories on particular themes. The stories were then scored and rated for originality and novelty, plot development and quality, and sophistication and creative use of prior knowledge. The researchers also carried out detailed intelligence tests and analysed how families functioned in the Russian households.
Taking into account intelligence and family background, the researchers then calculated the inherited and the environmental elements of creative writing. They found what they describe as a modest heritability element to creative writing.
Fill each gap in the summary below using a maximum of 2 words.
Creative writing ability may be ______ from parents, according to a new study. Researchers compared ______ written by children and their parents, looking at elements such as originality and use of ______. After conducting intelligence tests and allowing for ______, they concluded that there is a ______ link between genetics and creative writing.
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