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Reading Skills for IELTS: Paraphrasing

In IELTS reading, you will need to pay attention to synonyms and paraphrasing. This is a vocabulary exercise to help you matching synonyms and become aware of the problems using them. This is not an IELTS test, it is a reading lessons to develop skills of paraphrasing for IELTS.

Paraphrasing Practice

Passage: Ancient Egyptian Powder

Crime scene investigators are about to get an assist from the land of the pharaohs. New research has shown that a pigment called Egyptian blue, formulated some 5,250 years ago, can be used as dusting powder to detect fingerprints on complicated surfaces. The earliest known synthetic pigment, Egyptian blue is found in some of the paint that still colours ancient statues, coffins, and tomb walls. Modern scientists were intrigued by this long-lasting tint and figured out its chemical components decades ago. More recently they discovered that it emits near-infrared radiation when exposed to a certain kind of light.

Notice: This passage is from a National Geographic magazine. You can read the full article on this page: NatGeo Ancient Egyptian Powder

Filling the Gaps with Synonyms

Below is a summary of the passage above. Fill in the gaps using the word list given below. Make sure the summary is grammatically correct when you insert the word.

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.

Word List:

Choose words to fill in the gaps above. The meaning should be the same as the original paragraph.

make     /        identify     /      observe      /   revealed    /     about     /     names      /      found       /      using        /    creates         /     known as          /      particular      /      over

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Comments

  1. Mohd Tanveer says:

    hello liz
    I have finished number of reading chapters. but I got less marks so should I try again same test or not
    plz suggest

    • I do not understand what you mean by “I finished a number of reading chapters”. Do you mean you finished a number of reading lessons? I do not understand “should I try again same test”. There are no tests on this site. If you want to take IELTS tests twice it is your choice. As for the materials on this site, you can use them as you want to develop skills, raise awareness or learn vocabulary.

  2. Hi Dear Liz,
    I’ve a question,I’ve heard that complexity in Ielts exam increases on the base of Section Number.For Example,Section 1 for reading will be easier then 2 and 3 and Section 3 will be Difficult most as compared to first two sections.
    To what extent it is Correct,because i’m doing some preparation from books containing recent actual exams and cambridge ielts exam books as well,it sometimes make me feel opposite while conducting practice test from there.!
    Thanks in Advance 🙂

    • Apparently that is the case. However, I feel that while the GT reading test certainly increases in difficulty, that doesn’t always seem to be the case with academic reading test.

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  4. Kelvin E. O says:

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  5. Hi Liz. Thanks for educating me.

    One question. Is it OK to put the answers my general training reading in capital letters? Are they marked wrong for this

  6. I have not seen these type of questions in General IELTS. Can these be asked in General Ielts test?

    • Did you read this lesson carefully? “This is not an IELTS test, it is a reading lessons to develop skills of paraphrasing for IELTS.”. It is not an IELTS test!!! This is a lesson to practice skills.

  7. Congratulations….pl:help me

  8. Thanks for this very usefull lesson

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  11. I got my results last week. My score is L8.5
    R 7.5 S7 W7. Thank you for all your tips. If anyone need speaking help, please contact me.

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