IELTS Listening Tips for Gap-filling Questions


This post is going to focus on an IELTS Listening question type that actually has several different varieties of questions that basically all do the same kind of thing. Or at least they ask you to do the same kind of thing. This type includes form, note, flow-chart, table, and summary completion questions, which all share a lot of similar features with one another.


Sometimes this is something you'll find in a part four listening passage, where a professor is usually giving a lecture on something. You might have some notes about the lecture. Or it could be something much more basic. You need to fill in about a discussion or a presentation about that particular place. This is just some basic kind of notes like you would fill out in a class you take.

Form Completion

The second type is form completion questions. Just like the name suggests, this is just a form you need to fill out. You can expect to find one of these on part one of the listening test because often this involves just very basic information. You have to listen for someone's name, a number of some kind, a residence hall, etc. This looks like an application that a student would fill out in order to sign up for a meal plan at his or her school.

Table Completion

The next type is table completion questions. It's almost like often a sort of spreadsheet, or something like that, where you have different categories of things. You need to listen to the description from the speakers and fill out the necessary information for this type of question.

Summary Completion

You got information summarized, the information you're going to hear from the passage that's summarized. And you need to fill in the words that fit in each of the blanks to complete the summary. You will get a short paragraph that needs to be completed using words that we hear from the speakers


The last type is flow-chart question. A flow-chart is something that describes a process, something from beginning to end, and you simply need to fill in the blanks for the chart there.


You can take a look at the video above for more details:

In the next posts, we are going to provide more useful tips in more detail.