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Answer to Reading Paraphrasing Lesson

Answers to Paraphrasing Practice

Please complete the lesson before you look at the answers. You can find the lesson on this page: Paraphrasing Lesson

Passage: Ancient Egyptian Powder

Summary of Passage

The pigment (1)………. Egyptian blue, which was formulated (2) ……….. 5,250 years ago, can now be used to (3)……… finger prints on complicated surfaces.  This pigment was used in the painting of statues and tomb wall reliefs in Ancient Egypt. However, it has now been (4)……….. that, when it is it exposed to a (5)……….. light, it emits near-infrared radiation.

  1. known as
    1. you can’t choose the answer “names” because it is grammatically wrong.
  2. about
    1. You can’t have the answer “over” because we don’t know if it is over or under. Therefore, you need to use the word “about”. Another option for paraphrasing would be “approximately”.
  3. identify
  4. revealed / found
    1. Both options are fine.
  5. particular
    1. You must have the correct spelling. If your spelling is wrong, your answer is marked wrong.

I hope you found this lesson useful.

I’ll post more paraphrasing lessons later.

All the best



  1. I just got 4 /5. I got tricked to use “names” instead of “known as”. I still need a lot of study and practice.
    Thanks Liz.



  3. just got 5/5! thank you

  4. Got 5/5 yes!

  5. Abdikarim Kimo says:

    Thanks Teacher liz

  6. Maria Makurat says:

    Thank you Liz!

    These exercises help a lot!
    I was just wondering for 3 if “find” is also a good synonym?

    Thanx! Kind regards Maria

    • It is possible to use the verb “find” with “fingerprints” and it would work in this context. However, it hasn’t been listed as an answer because it wasn’t an option in the list of possible words.

      • Maria Makurat says:

        Thank you for your reply! Ah I see. I also think the IELTS rule is that one is not allowed to change the words they give you to fill in the blanks right?
        Warm regards,


        • You have to read the instructions. If it says “modify the verb” then you can change it. If no instructions are given then you can’t alter it. Grammar will be your friend in IELTS reading and listening to help you choose the right answer.

  7. Krishna Pahlajani says:

    Hi Liz,
    I got 4/5, want to know why can’t “observed” be there for 4th one.


    • There are three words that might fit this sentence with similar meaning – I hope you note that I use the word similar – I didn’t use the word “the same”. They do not have completely the same meaning. So, you have the choice of “observe”, “found” and “revealed”.
      At this point, you look at the passage and see the correct meaning “…More recently they discovered that it emits near-infrared radiation…” – the word “discover” is more similar to “revealed” or “found”.
      After that you then check the grammar in the question sentence:
      “However, it has now been (4)……….. that, …”. You will see that there is a verb missing and the verb must be past participle.
      The word “revealed” is past participle. The word “found” is past participle. The word “observe” is not.
      This means there are only two possible possible answers “revealed” or “found”.
      Always check the grammar!!! The sentence must be grammatically correct when completed.

      • Muhammad zahidulhaq says:

        Thanks Ms Liz, the best part of available practice material is that getting results on same time & valuable feedback from your end as well.

        Thanks for being helpful to everyone.

  8. Josue Devalcin says:

    Thanks Liz you are such a good person and teacher and your website is well conceived to help students all over the world. I am in Haiti and will not be able to buy the IELTS by cambridge for real test practice and I’ll pass the Academic test on Sept. 15. Do you think all these practice materials though not cambridge over the internet will help?
    I do lots of practice to be on target.
    Thanks again for your commitment


    • They will certainly help. However, you must do at least one full practice test published by IELTS. The British Council have one free test that you can download, google it or go straight to their website.

  9. Nato Goliadze says:

    I am so grateful with these pragmatic materials, great job.
    I’ve got one question – will there be given words in paraphrasing task for choosing, as it is given here? then that’s super easy.
    Thank you in advance!

  10. A heartfelt thanks Liz.
    After practicing all day I am finally getting all correct answers for reading…i am grateful.

  11. I got 4/5.Thanks Liz

  12. Thanks

    • Many thanks Liz. I shall write you my appreciation after I might have received my result. Your stuff is really helpful.

  13. i am much thankful to you respected Madam Liz for your efforts. thanks again

  14. vaibhav solanki says:

    thanks liz

  15. Much thankful to you Liz.

  16. Thank you so much Liz

  17. thanx liz for your precious effort

  18. Greatly appreciate

  19. I used observe not identify for 3. because they can’t tell whose identity belongs to the fingerprint …

  20. I got 5/5 , Thank you Liz

  21. Rawia Obida says:

    got 5/5
    Thanks Liz

  22. 1.called as
    Check if these answers are correct Liz..

  23. Ebenezer Obimpeh says:

    Thank you so much. The lessons are really useful.

  24. Tshering Yangzom says:


  25. Thank you Liz!

  26. Hi Liz,
    If I decide to answer listening and reading in uppercase. Then how about some answers in reading test where answer options could be in lower case , like a,b,c or i,ii,iii,iv,v.
    Is it OK to use options based answers as it is and rest of the answers in uppercase?

    • I would use capitals I / II / VI / A / C / B. But roman numerals are numbers, not letters, so I’m sure using “i” and “vi” is also fine.

  27. Dear Liz ,
    Answers : Listening Test Dated , October 2017
    1 Natural History
    2 Giology
    3 Cather Nature
    4 Blue Whale
    5 10 Tone

  28. Thanks Liz, it’s so helfull.
    God bless you 😀

  29. thank you mam. i too got all right

  30. ANUJ SHARMA says:

    Hello Liz, In 4, you have used found/revealed. Can we use “observe” instead of found?

    • The meaning (observe) is right but the grammar would be wrong. Your sentences must be grammatically correct when the word has been added. The correct option would be “observed” but that is not available in the list. Therefore, you can’t use that word.

  31. Hi Liz

    Got all correct answers. Thank you so much for this awesome site.
    I have speaking test day after tomorrow, so could you please suggest some last minute preparation tips or any specific topics ?
    One more thing, I used ‘well’ and ‘you know’ in speaking quite frequently. Do you think using this has any effect on band score ?


  32. hi liz,
    there is a question of task 2 that some says that children should start learning a foreign language from primary school.
    my query is that as English is a foreign language in my country can I only talk about it in my essay or i need to be general.
    thank u in advance

    • Don’t over think. This is not about which language. It is about starting to learn a foreign language in primary school or waiting until the child is in middle school. This essay is about the age that a child should start to learn a foreign language. So, it’s about age and language acquisition.

  33. Nafi jewel says:

    Thanks Liz ,you’ve been very helpful . I got all answers correctly. I pray I do very well in my exams so I can come rejoice with you,thanks once again!

  34. Sunnatillo says:

    Thank you Liz!

  35. Walaa Fouad says:

    really useful thank you

  36. Thanks lizz it is really good effort from your end.plz share link for reading skills .m unable to find it on youtube.thanks

  37. Aniruddha Kar says:

    hii liz,

    your tips are really very useful please send more lessions for reading practice

    regards aniruddh

  38. Thanks for your knowledge


    thank you

  40. Oh!My all answers are true.

  41. Nahida Akther says:

    Hi Liz, these are really useful for me.

  42. Thank you so much

  43. Thank you it is useful

  44. Thank

  45. Thanks so much.

  46. hlo Liz,what is the criteria of writing task 2…..in order to get 7 bands😊☺

  47. Gurmeet kaur says:

    Thanku Liz

  48. Govinder singh says:

    Good mam

  49. thanks Liz

  50. Priscillia Poko says:


  51. Parth Dadhania says:

    Thanks Liz

  52. oluwatosin says:

    Got all. Thanks loz

  53. Chintan Patel says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  54. Richard Orimolade says:

    Thanks God bless

  55. thanks Lizy

  56. It was exellent.

  57. Mary malondo says:

    Thankyou for the support

  58. Noor Ibra says:

    Thnx Liz, very useful.

  59. When will u put yours gen reading vedio’s on you tube. Ur lessons is really helpful.

    • All my tips for reading questions are for GT and Academic reading. The question types and skills are the same for both tests.

  60. Thanks Liz

  61. Thank you. You’re a great teacher

  62. Thank you are a great teacher

  63. Thanks for something

  64. Thanks 😋

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