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Everything IELTS Academic - A Comprehensive Guide to IELTS Academic

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  1. Paraphrasing Technique

    Paraphrasing Technique - Two Methods to Paraphrase a Sentence
    1 Quiz
  2. Reading
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  3. Part 2: Text Types in IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  4. Part 2: Questions Forms and Reading Rules
    2 Topics
  5. Part 4: Types of questions and Strategies
    9 Topics
  6. Part 5: Common Mistakes
    2 Topics
  7. Part 6: IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests
  8. Listening
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Listening
    4 Topics
    1 Quiz
  9. Part 2: Detailing Questions
    3 Topics
    5 Quizzes
  10. Part 3: Summary Questions
    4 Topics
    4 Quizzes
  11. Part 4: Common Mistakes
    4 Topics
  12. Part 5: IELTS Listening Practice Tests
    10 Quizzes
  13. Writing
    Part 1: IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 - Reports
    15 Topics
  14. Part 2: IELTS Writing Task 2 - Essay
    16 Topics
    18 Quizzes
  15. Part 3: Two-task Practice Tests
    6 Quizzes
  16. Speaking
    Part 1: Introduction to IELTS Speaking
    3 Topics
  17. Part 2: A good IELTS Speaking Performance
    2 Topics
  18. Part 3: Common Mistakes in IELTS Speaking
  19. Part 4: IELTS Speaking Practice Tests
    7 Quizzes
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Overview about SCQs

This is a type of Mixed form of questions. SCQs require you to read the questions/requests and choose a correct answer among multiple options. Some questions in SCQs require details to answer, while some others require a summary to answer. The purpose of SCQs is to test your ability to filter information and select the best-suited answer.

There are three factors to consider.

  1. SCQs can be questions and answers or completing sentences with provided choices.
  2. You should be able to answer the questions/complete the sentences based on your understanding of the text rather than the choices presented. This means that if you can match your understanding to a choice, that choice is correct.
  3. The correct choices may be just parts of full answers.
Example of SCQs.


  • Apply all the Reading rules.
  • No question section has only single-letter answers, for example, all As or all Bs.
  • There is only one correct answer for each question. Other choices are only distractors.
  • The information in the wrong choices may appear in the text but they are not to answer the questions.
  • The correct choices must be as close as possible to your understanding of the text of all the choices.
  • It must make sense to match the option to the question.
  • Do not forget the mark the “locations” of answers.

Step-by-step strategy

Step 0: Look at the questions and identify the type of questions.

Step 1: Read the first two questions and DO NOT read the choices.

  • Pay attention to the keywords in the questions but be prepared for synonyms.
  • There is no need to read the choices because all of them are likely to appear in the text, but there is only one correct answer. As a result, reading the choices can be confusing and time-consuming. After you finish reading the text, you will most likely read the choices again.

Step 2: Start reading from the beginning or from where it is left off.

  • Scan for the related information.
  • Skim for the answers.
  • Only stop reading when you can answer one of the questions with your understanding of the text.

Step 3: Read the choices of the related question and choose the choice that is closest to your understanding.

  • Use your understanding to answer the question first, then match your understanding with one of the choices. 
  • Because the correct choice may only be a part of your understanding, you must select the choice that is closest to your understanding.

Step 4: Reread the unanswered question and read the next one.

Step 5: Continue until the last question is answered.