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For even more Ielts reading practice let's look at the table summary, or note fill-in, section of the Academic Reading Module. 

Note: If you've just entered this site and want to follow the Ielts reading practice from the beginning, click on the the link at the left of this page marked READING and follow the links.

What must you do in the note fill-in section?

There are two task types. Both tasks require you to write in notes for a table or a flow-chart with a word or words.

  • Task One: You must choose a word or phrase from words and phrases that are provided. You will write the words in the chart or box.

  • Task Two: You mustchoose a word or phrase from the text to fill in a gap in the sentence.


Reminder: There will be more words or phrases in the choices than there are gaps to fill. Don't get fooled be false choices. That's why it's so important for you to see all of the Ielts reading practice pages.

How many words are used to fill in the gaps?
The instructions will indicate clearly how many words to use. This goes back to the very first thing you should know about scoring well on your IELTS test. Read the directions carefully. They will indicate if you are to one, two, three or more words to fill in the gaps.

Are theanswers in order in the text?
Probably not. This is one section of the test where answers may be found in any order and may be found from any section of the text. You need to skim and scan quickly to find the right answers.

What skills are being tested?
Finding specific information. As mentioned above, you need to skim and scan to get this information. You shouldn't have to read the whole text to find the information that's being asked for.

Ielts Reading Practice -Note Completion / Table Fill-in

Task One

Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS from the text for each answer.

Australia's Northern Territory

The Northern Territory makes up nearly one-sixth of Australia and geographically most closely resembles the popular image of the Great Australian Outback. The north or Top End, centred on the capital, Darwin, is tropical with rich vegetation and a varied coastline. 251km east of Darwin is World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park (the third largest National Park in the world and about half the size of Switzerland), an area of vast flood plains and rocky escarpments steeped in natural and cultural heritage and home to Aborigines for at least 40,000 years. Katherine is 314km south of Darwin and just beyond that is Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, a striking system of 13 gorges towering up to 60 metres high.

The southern part of the Territory is centred on Alice Springs, which is virtually the centre of Australia and the starting point to explore many of the Red Centre's highlights including Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is located about 465kms to the south-west. Other of the Red Centre's natural and geological wonders include Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), King's Canyon, the Western MacDonnell Ranges and the Devil's Marbles. This part of the Northern Territory features desert-like conditions with cold nights and hot, dry days. Plant life is limited to small shrubs, gum trees and wild grasses.

Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet. Answers are to be taken from the following list.

Gum trees, Australian Outback, Alice Springs, Darwin, varied coastline, tropical, desert-like, World Heritage, 13 gorges, Devil's marbles



Centered on

1 ……….

2 ……….


3 ..........

grasses, shrubs and 4....................


5 ……….



Task Two (use same text as above)


6. Darwin's climate is considered to be ________ .

7. Kakadu National Park is the _______ ________ national park.

8. Alice Springs is the ________ _______ for exploring the Red Centre.

9. Katherine gorge boasts ______ _____ reaching 60 meters in height.

10. Aborigines lived for more than 40,000 years in a _____ _____ plain.


For more information and to continue with your Ielts reading practice click on the preceding link. You will go to the next page in the series of Ielts reading practice pages designed to inform you of every possible exam question while given advice on how to best do them.

To return to the beginning of this series and to a page with links to every section of the Ielts Academic Reading module, click on the preceding link.


For answers to the Ielts reading practice exercises from above, see the following.

1. Darwin

2. Alice Springs

3. rich

4. gum trees

5. varied

6. tropical

7. third largest

8. starting point

9. 13 gorges

10. flood plain