Matching Paragraph Information: IELTS Reading

Matching paragraph information question in IELTS reading requires you to match the sentences given with information that is contained in different paragraphs. You must have strong skills of paraphrasing for this type of question.

You will need to prepare lots of paraphrases for the statements in order to locate the right paragraph which contains that information. Answers do not come in order in the passage.

Tips for IELTS Paragraph Matching

  • read though the questions
  • think of ways to paraphrase key words
  • try to locate the key words or the paraphrases in the paragraphs
  • the answers do not come in order
  • your answer should be a letter not words
  • start with the easiest questions first

IELTS Matching Paragraph Information Practice

Amundsen’s Expedition to the South Pole

A ) The first expedition to reach the geographic South Pole was led by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He and four others arrived at the pole on 14 December 1911, five weeks ahead of a British party led by Robert Falcon Scott as part of the Terra Nova Expedition. Amundsen and his team returned safely to their base, and later learned that Scott and his four companions had died on their return journey.

B ) Amundsen’s plans had focused on the Arctic and the conquest of the North Pole by means of an extended drift in an icebound ship. He obtained the use of Fridtjof Nansen’s polar exploration ship Fram, and undertook extensive fundraising. Preparations for this expedition were disrupted when, in 1909, the rival American explorers Frederick Cook and Robert E. Peary each claimed to have reached the North Pole. Amundsen then changed his plan and began to prepare for a conquest of the South Pole; uncertain of the extent to which the public and his backers would support him, he kept this revised objective secret. When he set out in June 1910, even most of his crew believed they were embarking on an Arctic drift.

C ) The expedition’s success was widely applauded. The story of Scott’s heroic failure overshadowed its achievement in the United Kingdom, unable to accept that a Norwegian had been the first person to set foot in the South Pole, but not in the rest of the world. Amundsen’s decision to keep his true plans secret until the last moment was criticised by some. Recent polar historians have more fully recognised the skill and courage of Amundsen’s party; the permanent scientific base at the pole bears his name, together with that of Scott. (passage from wiki)

Questions 1-5

In which paragraph (A-C) is the following information found.

  1. The success of Roald Amundsen was celebrated worldwide, except in one country.
  2. Amundsen only heard about the death of Scott after he had reached the South Pole.
  3. The base at the South Pole bears both Amundsen’s name and Scott’s.
  4. Amundsen had originally planned an exhibition to the North Pole.
  5. When Amundsen decided to aim for the South Pole he did not reveal his intentions.
  6. The British did not celebrate Amundsen’s success as did other countries due to the death of Scott.
  1. C
  2. A
  3. C
  4. B
  5. B
  6. C



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  1. Manoharreddy says:

    6/6 thank you Liz. why did not i get good score while doing the whole 3 passges i got just 15/40 how can i improve my reading this is toughest module to me

  2. Thanks for your blog. it very useful .plz am confuse. in reading part 3 how many passage is being given?

  3. Md Shafaet Hossen says:

    I would like to appear at IELTS Test very soon.
    May I have a candidate to speak?

  4. HI Liz
    Thank you so much for running a wonder blog. I’m pretty sure it helps lots of people around the globe. I just have started to learn your tips in regards to doing well in reading.

    I’m glad that I’ve scored 6/6 in this passage. Feeling good and got hope to get my desire score.

    Thank you.

  5. 6/6 thank you so much 🤓

  6. Thank you so much for your assistance,, everytime i visit your blog, the new information i will get to know .. 🙂
    words are really inadequate to express my gratitude ……
    God bless u!!!!!

  7. Hi Liz,
    I am from Nepal. Why all of these passage are very short, I think it a very short passage for IELTS exam. Can you please provide me the link of longer Reading passage .


    • These are practice IELTS reading not full practice test passages. For full tests, see my useful website page. You can find a link in the right hand side column.
      All the best

  8. 6/6!
    Improving myself more with this AWESOME blog! Thanks Liz!! 🙂

  9. Hi
    What is the best method to find questions which aren’t com in order? Foe example in ielts 5 camberidg book answer questio 1 is in paragraph E, and answer question 2 is in paragraph B.serch for find key word take alot of time.

    • When the answer do not come in order, you can start with any question you want. I also read all the question and then choose the one that is easiest. It is often easiest because there are clear key words which will help me locate the answer in the passage.

  10. khalid Hamed says:


    thanks Liz

    Kind regards

  11. khalid Hamed says:


    thanks Liz

    Kind regards

  12. Hi Liz,

    Although i have scored 6/6. However, i am still confused for 6th question. Can you please help me to locate it exactly in the paragraph?


    • The key is in this sentence: “The story of Scott’s heroic failure overshadowed its achievement in the United Kingdom, unable to accept that a Norwegian had been the first person to set foot in the South Pole, but not in the rest of the world.”. It shows that his failure overshadowed his achievement in the UK.
      All the best

  13. 6/6…..

    thanks Liz!

  14. Dr Arshad says:

    Respected Teacher,Liz

    I hope that you are well.
    Your efforts to bring innovative and best possible associative learning, in IELTS is highly applouded.
    I did many attempts in it and succeded to get L7,R6.R7.5,S8 but in my all exams my score in R was stagnant, at 6.
    I am appearing on 1st August 2015 but it would be my last attempt after that i would give up.
    I have gone through your all teaching modules but mainly focussing on reading.

    Any suggestion for me in reading to get over it,i would truly appreciate.

    Look forward to hearing form you.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Arshad

    • Make a list of all the paraphrases you come across in all exercises and practice tests. This way you will start think more automatically of paraphrasing and remember more. Also start reviewing the limitations of words. It is not enough to know just the meaning, you need to know when a word can be used and it’s possible collocations in the reading test.
      All the best

      • Dr Arshad says:

        Most kind of you for the best tip, which i was not exercising,it would make the difference certainly.Some people do two to three category questions altogether to save time,instead of having skimming and scanning of whole passage.They go on reading in the descending order and complete 13 set of questions.Time management is another big barrier that every one have to overcome in the test.What you recommend in this contxt?

        Regards & best wishes,arshad.

        • The advice was for your training, not during the test. The idea is that you train yourself on particular types of questions one at a time. That is how it is usually taught in schools. You need to develop techniques for each type of question before you enter the test. During the test, you do the questions in order. For time, only you can build your speed though focused practice on scanning.
          All the best

  15. Jasvinder singh says:

    6 out of 6. This is gud site where we can practise for ielts. Thanks so much liz

  16. 5/6 in 6 mint

  17. Yeahia says:

    Mam,it will be better if you include a fixed time to solve this type of question so that we can cope up with the time too

    • There is no fixed time to solve particular types of questions. The number of questions vary for type of question. You must learn the skill of judging time for the questions given in your test.
      All the best

  18. Hi Liz, Matching Paragraph information is really a difficult one for me. Can you pls explain 2 or 3 question of Cambridge 6, Reading passage1 “Australia’s Sporting Success” (question :1-7)- I can’t find any easy way to solve this one. Pls reply, Thanks.

    • I am currently on holiday until some time next month. Hopefully other students will answer your questions.
      All the best

  19. Hi liz,
    Regarding the reading section of IELTS which has alway been my downfall in the exam.I always get drowned in reading section 3, which is always lengthy and full of names and dates. Is there a way of getting around it

    • Hi,

      Here are some tips to help you with your academic reading for IELTS.
      1. Spend more time on the questions. Spend time considering the exact meaning, thinking of paraphrases and finding key words in the question that can help you quickly discover the location of the answer in the passage.
      2. Make a decision about how long you will continue looking for an answer before moving on to the next one. Each answer is only 1 point so spending too long on one answer is not logical.
      3. Make sure you remember which question types have answers that come in order – if they come in order, then you only need to read so much of passage to find each answer.
      4. Don’t read the passage to understand it. It doesn’t matter how many names or dates or academic words there are, you only need to locate the key words in the question and find the answer.
      5. Plan your training. Don’t do practice test after practice test. You won’t develop your skills by only testing yourself. You need to have a plan to develop skills. So spend a few days working on one type of question to get a technique for it. Only use practice tests when you want to practice a full passage or you want to know your band score.
      6. Improve your familiarity of academic reading passages – read bbc news, the economist etc. Don’t get lost in the language, just get used to understanding the general meaning.
      Try some of the above tips and see if they help.
      All the best

  20. 6/6 🙂 in 4 minutes.

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