IELTS Reading: Choosing a title

A lesson on choosing a title for IELTS reading. Remember you need to think of the whole aim for the passage for this IELTS lesson. Useful for both GT and academic students – the level isn’t too hard.

Here are some tips to help you with how to choose the best title for the reading passage below.

Tips for Choosing a Title

  • This question type is usually the last question of the passage
  • By the time you come to this question, you will already have read skim read the passage
  • You should find the main aim of the passage
  • Analyse all the options for the title
  • Common trap – there will probably be information about all options in the passage – you need to find the main aim / message
  • Always look at the introduction sentence and concluding sentence to see if there is a similar message


Coffee is one of the most popular hot drinks in the world. Almost a third of the world’s population drinks coffee. People often meet at cafes or coffee shops for a coffee break during the middle of the morning or stop work in the afternoon to drink coffee.
About 7 million tons of coffee is produced every year. Brazil is, by far, the world’s largest coffee producer. About a third of the world’s production comes from this South American country. Other coffee producing countries include Vietnam, Indonesia and Colombia.
The United States is the biggest coffee consumer in the world. About 1.2 billion kilograms of coffee are consumed there every year. Drinking coffee is extremely popular in European countries, like Italy, France and Germany, as well as in Brazil.


Choose the correct letter A – C

Which is the best title for the passage below?

A.  Coffee – a popular hot drink
B.  Coffee – the main consumers
C.  Coffee – the main producers


Click below to reveal the answers.

[expand title=”Answers”]A is the correct answer
The first sentence of the passage and the last sentence of the passage both give the same aim – popularity.
It is not B because information about consumers is only given in two sentences.
It is not C because only the middle paragraph gives information about producers. It is not mentioned in the opening paragraph or closing paragraph.

All reading exercises on have been written by myself to help you prepare for your IELTS test.   





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  2. I can’t find a better teacher. You are born to teach.
    Thanks for the lessons

  3. Ajayi Yewande Omowumi says

    Hi Liz,
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  4. Mudassir Sultan says

    Thank you so much for amazing tips.

  5. got it right mam!!

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  7. Sheba Renjit says

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  8. Hi Mam ,
    Thank you very much for these free classes.I
    appreciate you as one of the best teachers because of your willingness to impart your
    Knowledge freely for all of us . God bless you.

  9. Vanshika gupta says

    You are acting as an ANGEL for all of us…
    THANKYOU from the bottom of my heart for dis wonderful material..
    My exam is on dis 30..hoping to do my best..


  10. Thank you so much, you are the best. These explanations are helpful. God bless you.

  11. Really your to special to me thanks to forgot fear on ielts best website I seen and brilliant teacher love you mam😍😍😍😍😍

  12. keatlaretse says

    Thank you for this plat form

  13. Good day Ma. Thank you for all the exercises you have put up. These reading explanations have given me a better insight as to how the writing section should be done. The topic sentence and the conclusion have to flow so once your writing is picked up by and one, the topic can be deduced almost immediately. Thank you

  14. Liz, thank you so much for putting this information together! It’s been super helpful 🙂 I wish you the best

  15. Saeed Aziz says

    for matching titles for paragraphs
    Is it necessary to focus on the first and last sentences where the main idea may be in the body of the paragraph?

    • Do you mean matching headings? Do you mean matching paragraph information? The main idea is often found in the first or last sentence – but not always. Be carefully using only that technique. Some headings can be found that way, others will require more careful investigation of the paragraph.

  16. Time to Coffeeeeeeee……!!! 🙂

  17. divyarajsinh raulji says

    thank you.madam your tips really helpful for all of us.

  18. Thank u so much, u re a brilliant teacher

  19. Camille Martinez says

    Hi! Good day Ms. Liz!
    I am a little bit confused.. I just wan to ask if the MATCHING HEADINGS is same with CHOOSING A TITLE?

    Thank you!

  20. James Martin Kargbo says

    I like this page. I just hope it will continue along with me. Thank you.

  21. @LIZ you are indeed a great gift from GOD for humanity without asking for any cause or reeard, you are the best stay blessed.

  22. You are indeed a gift of great value.

    Thank you

  23. Harish Kintali says

    Dear Liz, I have been preparing for about a month now for IELTS and I started directly attempting the Cambridge practice tests which were giving me random scores.Then I started with your site and starting reading your tips and doing the practice tests given by you. My confidence is growing each hour I spend on your site.

    It is really so nice of you to take time and keep adding new info,tips everyday and answering people’s queries.I can’t say anything better, “You are a blessing” for all those IELTS aspirants.


  24. Thank you Liz
    This was really helpful


  25. Hi Liz,
    Thanks a lot for these helpful information that you share with us.

  26. Hi Liz,

    It’s Colombia, not Columbia

    Best regards

  27. Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot for all your kind help.

    How do I assess if my English is up to the mark?can you suggest any website for that?

    Thanks in advance.

  28. Hi Liz

    i got band 5 in reading section, how i can increase the band to be 7 ?
    is there any list of academic synonyms that collected together ?

    Thanks in advance

    • You must improve your level of English, your understanding of vocabulary, your ability to paraphrase and also your understanding of the requirements of each type of question.

  29. Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for your kind contribution to all IELTS test-takers. I strongly believe in your way of conducting a lesson which is very clear and concise.
    However, I wonder if you do marking for written essay or letter writing.

    Hope to hear your suggestion.



  30. mirza ehteshamulla baig says


    My answer is correct.I am happy


  31. Hello Teacher,
    I booked slots for GRE and IELTS, I finished GRE now I exactly have 1 week for IELTS can you please suggest me a study plan for the weak.

    • Please watch my video lesson about how to prepare for IELTS on my home page. Then you must decide on your time limit and weakness.

  32. Maribel Corona says

    Hi Ms. Liz,

    I very happy I found your website, I’m planning to take General IELTS supposed to be this coming July 11 here in Abu Dhabi. I took a 20 hours course but I think it’s not enough and I feel I’m not ready. During my course I’m ashamed to tell you I’m the one who cannot follow in WRITING and SPEAKING and I think that is my weaknesses. When the task 1 was given I dont know how to start my letter, in the speaking test I become speechless maybe because I’m shy to talk with the audience, and I feel my ideas is not really broad. I hope you can help me to pass this exam, I decided to move my schedule of exam on July 23.

    • If you visit the main pages of my blog, you’ll find letter writing tips in the writing task 1 section and model answers for speaking in the speaking section. Also look at the vocabulary page because words lead to ideas. It is essential that you plan and prepare ideas (I don’t mean memorise answers just prepare ideas) for different topics so that you have plenty to say when the examiner asks a question. This will also help you with shyness if you already know what you want to say.
      Good luck

  33. Hello Teacher,
    it’s a bit confusing,according to the description in the answer.
    opening and closing sentences mater in this kind of question.
    plz,could you explain?

    hope for the answer.

    thank you.

    • The aim is to identify the purpose of the whole passage rather than match specific information.
      All the best

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