How to solve Flow Chart Type of Questions – IELTS Listening?
A Flow chart question is a form of question with a series of steps (in sequential order) and is widely used to represent the flow of algorithms, workflow or processes. Typically, a flowchart shows the order by connecting the sentences with arrows. The flowchart type of questions are usually found in the IELTS Listening section where you need to hear the audio and fill in the blank spaces. A flowchart question is where you need to complete the sentences with blank spaces.
The Flowchart contains statements or short sentences with upward or downward directing arrows between the texts. The flow chart can be in horizontal or vertical directions. However, the test taker must write a correct answer which is relatable to the question. If an answer is irrelevant, it may impact the remaining answers as well.
A conversation is always connected or has a flow of information. So, as you listen to the conversation, connect the dots mentally according to the questions. For example, the two people conversing are unlikely to converse on a different subject suddenly. Whenever they introduce a new topic in the conversation, make a mental note. This may refer to the information flowing from the previous block to the next one in some way or the other.
In the conversation, the first speaker will begin by introducing himself/herself and the subject or purpose of the talk. This will help the test taker to understand the context and give more detail about the subject. Then, listen to the audio clip carefully as the answers will be in the sequence. The test taker must note that the recording will be played only once during your IELTS test. Therefore, you must practise answering the questions after listening completely.
Strategies to answer flowchart questions
- Make notes while listening to the audio.
- Go through the sentences before listening to the audio clip.
- Focus and identify the keywords
- Ensure to go through all the listed words to choose your answer, as it might not be in the same order as the question order.
- Be aware of the word limit that you are instructed to fill in each gap.
- If you write more than the given number of words, your answer will be marked incorrect even if the information you give is correct.
- Follow the order in the audio to solve the flow chart questions.
- Avoid any extended or additional information. Instead, focus on the important information in the recording.
- The questions in the flowchart may be rephrased, which means that they will be different from what you hear in the audio, but the answers you fill in the blank spaces should be from the audio.
Tips for answering flowchart questions
- Understand the relationship and flow of the information in the Flowchart.
- Do not lose your FOCUS! Listen to the audios keenly for 30 minutes.
- Number the questions to fill up the blank spaces easily.
- Check for the spellings while writing the answers.
- Make sure the spellings are correct, as incorrect spellings will lead to loss of marks.
- Avoid memorizing while listening to the audio
- Make sure the words you write fit grammatically into the sentence.
- Do not miss out on the plural words, which will lead to wrong answers. Ensure to recognize the plural words while hearing the audio.
- Check the number of words written, spelling, and grammar before transferring them to the answer sheet.
The listening section in the IELTS is one of the easier sections that can help raise your average exponentially if you practice enough and keep simple tips in mind.
You will hear a tutor giving some business students instructions about a finance project. You now 30 seconds to read questions 31 to 36.Okay. Can you quieten down please? Now, today I’m going to talk to you about your assignment. We’ve been studying the effects of the exchange rate. So I’m going to give you a project to do on this. Right. Can you make some notes while I’m talking? The first thing that I’d like you to do in order to prepare this is to select where you’re interested in. I mean, which country. And therefore which currency you’re going to be operating in. Okay. Now the purpose of the project is to make money and I’m hoping some of you will make a significant amount. So I want you to suppose that you have 100 pounds that you will have to invest purely in the rises and falls of the exchange system. In other words, you’ll be trying to predict rates. This is a project that you’ll be doing together. But before you work together, you’ll have to go off and research what you need to know about the economy of that country and how well it’s doing or is expected to do in the near future. You could all make up a little information sheet with your notes on. Clearly legible. Because then I want you to get together. We can do that next week. And to go around and read about each other’s countries.
When you see how well or badly each country is doing, I want you to decide what your exchange rate is going to be against all the other currencies. After that is all sorted, what you’re going to do is go around the other students and attempt to sell your money to the others. Remember this will depend on the success of your country’s economy and the rate you fixed for your currency.
Now, you’re not allowed to just swap currencies with each other, but you may wish to buy from the other countries. But you must do a proper transaction. All the way through this, you must keep your accounts properly for each transaction. I’ll give you one week to do this and then we will set a time for the deals to finish, a bit like the stock exchange. And at that point, I will ask you to calculate how much you have made. Is that clear?
Complete the flowchart below.
Write One Word Only for each answer.
How to write answers for the flowchart type questions in IELTS Listening?
Go through the conversation between the tutor and the students. Listen to the conversation carefully and identify your answers according to the questions in the Flowchart.
|Ques No||Possible wrong answer||Reason for wrong answer|
|32||Interest||Unfamiliar with the foreign accents|
|33||Reasearch||Unable to understand the spellings of the word|
|34||Sale||Unfamiliar with the foreign accents; Poor grammar and vocabulary|
|35||Buoy||Not being alert during the audio|
|36||Count||Not writing the exact word in the audio|
Correct Answer with Reasons
|Ques No||Correct answer||Reason|
|31||Select||This is the word from the audio which can be found in the fourth line of the transcript.|
|32||Invest||This is the word we hear in the audio and it can be found in the eighth line of the transcript.|
|33||Research||This is the correct spelling of the word which can be found in the tenth line of the transcript.|
|34||Sell||The word “Sell” is referred to in the audio which can be found in the sixteenth line of the transcript.|
|35||Buy||This is the correct spelling of the word “Buy” which can be found in the nineteenth line of the transcript.|
|36||Calculate||This word is mentioned in the audio and in the last line of the transcript .|
We can see answers in the Flowchart have come in the sequential order in the transcripts. Such is how the flowchart type questions in IELTS Listening works.
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