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. Got 5/5 in 3 minutes. I had recently gave my IELTS on April 14th- L-7,R-5,W-5.5,S-6.5 :O-6.
    My reading skills are not good, aiming for at least 6 in my next attempt in reading. These practicing lessons are really very helpful for me. Saw almost all your videos, really useful!!
    Re-taking Ielts on April 13th..hoping for the best!!

    Thank you Liz 🙂

  2. You are an amazing teacher. Thank you. I just scored 5/5 by skimming and scanning.

  3. Got 5/5 😊 feeling happy, i didn’t prepare for ielts for last two years just because i was fearing it would be hard for me to get a band over 6, but after practicing your lessons i feel i can get 7.5 or more if i keep on following you. My major drawback is weak vocabulary and now i am trying to focus on that. Thank you very much mam. May God bless you more.

  4. Have never done any popular studies on my Ielst and Celpip Exams..August 2017 i got( L-6,R-3.5,S-6-W-5), Feb 2019 i got(L-5.5,R-4.5,S-6.5,W-5.5), 2018 August Celpip( 6,5,6,7) respectively, but come on the 23 of this month, i will practice and learn more of your teachings and go get a good high score….I want at least 7.5 and above in all…

    Thanks for your immense tutorials…



  5. 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.



  7. just got 5/5! thank you

  8. Got 5/5 yes!

  9. Abdikarim Kimo says

    Thanks Teacher liz

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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

  15. I got 4/5.Thanks Liz

  16. Thanks

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

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

  18. vaibhav solanki says

    thanks liz

  19. Much thankful to you Liz.

  20. Thank you so much Liz

  21. thanx liz for your precious effort

  22. Greatly appreciate

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

  24. I got 5/5 , Thank you Liz

  25. got 5/5
    Thanks Liz

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

  27. Ebenezer Obimpeh says

    Thank you so much. The lessons are really useful.

  28. Tshering Yangzom says


  29. Thank you Liz!

  30. 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.

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

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

  33. thank you mam. i too got all right

  34. 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.

  35. 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 ?


  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. Sunnatillo says

    Thank you Liz!

  39. Walaa Fouad says

    really useful thank you

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

  41. Aniruddha Kar says

    hii liz,

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

    regards aniruddh

  42. Thanks for your knowledge


    thank you

  44. Oh!My all answers are true.

  45. Nahida Akther says

    Hi Liz, these are really useful for me.

  46. Thank you so much

  47. Thank you it is useful

  48. Thank

  49. Thanks so much.

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

  51. Gurmeet kaur says

    Thanku Liz

  52. Govinder singh says

    Good mam

  53. thanks Liz

  54. Priscillia Poko says


  55. Parth Dadhania says

    Thanks Liz

  56. oluwatosin says

    Got all. Thanks loz

  57. Chintan Patel says

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  58. Richard Orimolade says

    Thanks God bless

  59. thanks Lizy

  60. It was exellent.

  61. Mary malondo says

    Thankyou for the support

  62. Thnx Liz, very useful.

  63. 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.

  64. Thanks Liz

  65. Thank you. You’re a great teacher

  66. Thank you are a great teacher

  67. Thanks for something

  68. Thanks 😋

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