IELTS reading sentence completion exercise – the giant panda

This is an another sentence completion exercise for IELTS. The idea is to focus is not so much to give you practice but to show you how to get the answers correct. If you learn the skills, then it should become much more straightforward.

Notes

  1. Understand that your answer can include one, two or three words from the text. That means that the words you use must come from the text itself – you cannot change the forms of the word.
  2. The questions follow the order of the text. The answer to question one comes before question two etc.
  3. The first step is to find which part of the text contains the answer, then you look for what the answer is: where comes before what.
  4. The words in the question may not match the words in the text – you need to think of meaning/synonyms.
  5. The words you put in must be grammatically correct. This means you should consider whether you need a verb/noun etc.

Read and understand the questions

Complete the following sentences using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text.

  1. Pandas only meet regularly in ________  and otherwise restrict contact with each other.
  2. By clawing trees and leaving scent, the panda is claiming _______ as its own.
  3. Pandas only get a limited amount of energy from bamboo  because it is ___________.

Read the text

Despite their cuddly image, giant pandas are among some of the least social mammals. This is particularly the case for fully-grown females which are highly territorial and barely tolerate the company of other females. Part of the explanation for this behaviour is that their territories can be vast and are by no means limited to a cave or den, and this has the net result that they do not ordinarily come into contact with one another. The one time that they do gather together is in the mating season, but even here contact is kept to a minimum and the male will leave the female to raise the cub on its own.Whatever communication that does take place in the rest of the year is indirect and mostly takes the form of territorial marking with the panda warning its neighbours against entering its territory either by scratching a tree or spraying urine. Another factor in this lack of sociability is the panda’s diet of almost exclusively bamboo. Because bamboo is very low in nutrition, it provides the panda with little energy, partially because the panda is technically classified as a carnivore and has had to adapt to this herbivorous diet. This lack of nutritional value in its diet means the panda needs to conserve as much energy as possible, and one way of doing this is avoiding social interaction with other animals.

See the answers

see the answers

Despite their cuddly image, giant pandas are among some of the least social mammals. This is particularly the case for fully-grown females which are highly territorial and barely tolerate the company of other females. Part of the explanation for this behaviour is that their territories can be vast and are by no means limited to a cave or den, and this has the net result that they do not ordinarily come into contact with one another. The one time that they do gather together is in the mating season, but even here contact is kept to a minimum and the male will leave the female to raise the cub on its own.Whatever communication that does take place in the rest of the year is indirect and mostly takes the form of territorial marking with the panda warning its neighbours against entering its territory either by scratching a tree or spraying urine. Another factor in this lack of sociability is the panda’s diet of almost exclusively bamboo. Because bamboo is low in nutrition, it provides the panda with little energy, partially because the panda is technically classified as a carnivore and has had to adapt to this herbivorous diet. This lack of nutritional value in its diet means the panda needs to conserve as much energy as possible, and one way of doing this is avoiding social interaction with other animals.

Explanation

1. Pandas only meet regularly in the mating season and otherwise restrict contact with each other.

“only meet regularly” matches “the one time that they do gather together”

“in” tells you that you are probably looking for a time

2. By clawing trees and leaving scent, the panda is claiming its territory as its own.

“scratching a tree or spraying urine” matches “By clawing trees and leaving scent” – this tells you where you will find the answer. You should see that you need a noun after “claiming”

3. Pandas only get a limited amount of energy from bamboo  because it is low in nutrition.

“Bamboo” is the clue word in the question

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One Response to IELTS reading sentence completion exercise – the giant panda

  1. NB March 18, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    My answers are,

    1. the mating season

    2. territory

    3. low in nutrition

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