How To Solve Factor Matching in IELTS Reading


Some students find it difficult to solve factor matching question in IELTS reading section. Now, this article will help you to choose the right answer for Factor Matching Question in IELTS reading test.

How To Recognize Factor Matching Question

  • There will be many options, you will be asked to choose at least 2 options.

Factor Matching Question in IELTS

Characteristics of the Factor Matching Question:

  • Maintain Serial.
  • All answer will be found in 1/2 paragraph of the passage.
  • Topic of the question will be in the instruction section.
  • Answer can be write in any serial or order.

How To Solve Factor Matching Question

Step 1.  First read the instruction carefully, mark the topic. Don’t read options first.

Factor Matching Instruction

Step 2. Now go to passage, scan quickly, find the paragraph where the topic is located.

Factor Matching Topic information in passage

Step 3. Read the para carefully, try to understand the information.

Step 4.  Underline 2/3 information related to question.

Factor Matching Scaring information

Step 5. Now read options and match with information taken from the passage. Concentrate on Synonyms and Paraphrase. Use POE (Process of Elimination) to get the correct answer.

See in Example:

[1. In Option –  “Current Teaching Methods,” but in Passage – “Modern Teaching Practices.”

2. In Option –  “Cooling Systems,” but in Passage – “Mechanical Means of Ventilation“]

NB:  If you still confuse to choose the right answer, follow Step 4 and Step 5 again.

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Now Practice More IELTS Factor Matching Questions

  1. Cambridge IELTS 9: P44, P69,
  2. IELTS Trainer: P76, P165
  3. The Official Cambridge Guide To IELTS: P187

Tips and Tricks For IELTS Reading

  1. List of Heading
  2. Multiple Choice Question
  3. Yes, No, Not Given
  4. Short Answer Question