As you can tell by the name of this task, you are going to see a picture of a diagram in the task. You are asked to fill in the gaps with the information given in the Reading passage.
Usually, you have to be able to understand some kind of description in the passage and then relate it to the information of the diagram. So, what you need to do first, is to scan the text in order to find the specific description in the text and then fill in the gaps in each space with the correct information.
Be careful at this point! Read the instructions in order to find out about your word limit and then keep in mind that you should fill in the gaps with the exact same words or phrases you will find in the Reading passage. Do NOT paraphrase! I know that in IELTS Listening and Reading paraphrasing is very common BUT you are not asked to do it yourself. On the contrary, in this case, just copy the correct answer you will find in the text without changing the form of the words according to the word limit.
Another thing you should remember when it comes to a diagram labelling task, is that the numbered spaces in the task will NOT be found in the same order in the passage. For example, you may find the answer to the second gap before the answer of the first one. All answers are going to be intermingled in the text so do not expect to find them in the same order as in the task.
Ok, now let’s see a diagram labelling task:
Questions 10 – 13
Label the diagram below.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.
- First of all, check out the word limit. In this example, you can write no more than three words. So, you may write one, two, or three words as a correct answer taken from the Reading
- It is helpful to read the headings of the diagram. In this case, phrases like “Private School Plan”, “Internal Design”, “External Buildings”, are useful as guides because these headings will help you define where exactly in the text you will find the correct answers.
- Be careful of your spelling! If you spell words wrong, then you will lose marks even if you have answered correctly.
- Try to predict what kind of words are missing. For example, in question number 12, what is this kind of class? History class? Literature class? It will probably be something like that so stay alert as you know more or less what you expect to hear.
- Let’s take as an example question number 10. The phrase “for sports activities” may be found paraphrased in the Reading text, but you have to fill in the gap with the exact same words you will find in the Reading passage as a correct answer.
Watch the video lesson, too!