In order to do this type of task well you must understand the gist, or main ideas, of each paragraph. These tips will help you do this task well.
  • First read all of the headings.
  • Then read the paragraphs carefully and match the ones you are sure about.
  • If you are not sure about one, leave it and move on to the next one. You may be able to match up ones you are not sure about by elimination at the end.
  • Be careful with extra options, e.g. six headings to match with four paragraphs. There will be two headings you don’t need.


This is a common question in many exams.  Have you ever done a question like this?  Was it easy or difficult for you?



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Sriram 2 November, 2014 - 11:52

For me, I always read the passage carefully but when I try to match the headings, they sometimes turn out to be wrong. May I kindly know how to avoid falling into the trap (i.e. selecting the wrong heading instead of the right one). Your help will be much appreciated.

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Ganesdita 8 June, 2014 - 01:04

Yes, that's the common question in the english exam, but sometimes I still confused to choose the correct answer when it served the multiple choices. I couldn't make up my mind! that's very difficult. But now, these tips are helping... thanks LearningEnglishUK..!^

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Jonathan - Coor... 10 June, 2014 - 03:11

Hi Directioner1122. Good luck to you and all our other users who are taking exams at this time of year. It can be a stressful time but stay calm and try to remember all the work you've done this year. It's also a good idea to give yourself some kind of reward at the end of your exams - go out with your friends, or have a meal with your favourite foods. Then you have something nice to look forward to. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Rainbow Colours 24 January, 2013 - 18:33

In today's exam , I was asked to choose an appropriate heading to the whole text. It was easy :)

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