The "Fill in the blanks" question on the Duolingo English Test is officially called the “Read and Complete” question. It is one of harder questions on the Duolingo English Test. This is because most people are not familiar with the format.
The good news is that it is easy to learn how to approach “Read and Complete” questions and do well on them! That’s what we’re going to cover in this post 🙂
Table of Contents
- What is the “Read and Complete” question type?
- Tips to do well on “Read and Complete” questions
- How to practice “Read and Complete” questions
What is the “Read and Complete” question type?
The “Read and Complete” question type looks like this:
You will have 3 minutes to type in the missing letters. That’s it!
This question counts toward your Literacy and Comprehension subscores. It appears 4 to 6 times on the test, which makes it one of the 4 most common question types on the DET.
Tips to do well on “Read and Complete” questions
Unlike other questions, you will have a lot of time for “Read and Complete” questions. You can use “Read and Complete” questions to relax a little bit after more intense questions.
You can also spend a lot of time trying to identify the missing letters.
Read the title and passage before answering
Although there are missing letters and you won’t be able to understand everything, you should read the entire passage, including the title, before you start to answer.
By reading the entire passage, you will acquire context that will help you understand what is missing.
Read and re-read entire sentences
In order to determine what is missing in a sentence, you need to know what comes before and after.
This means that you need to read the entire sentence, not just what comes before a part that is missing.
When you read the entire sentence, you will see that your brain will often identify the missing words without you even trying!
Proofread your response
Once you enter a response, read what you have so far to make sure that everything makes sense.
Skip words if you get stuck
If you can’t figure out a missing word, skip it! You can come back later. It will be easier to figure out that word after you figure out other missing parts of the passage.
If you're not sure, guess
Duolingo will not penalize you more for a wrong answer than a blank answer. So, if you don't know you should guess because it can only help you.
Don’t be alarmed if the questions get harder
The Duolingo English Test is adaptive. This means that if you get a question correct, the next question will be more difficult. If you find that “Read and Complete” questions are becoming difficult during the test, this is a good sign! It means that you did well on the previous ones 🙂
How to practice “Read and Complete” questions
With Arno, you can practice an unlimited number of “Read and Complete” questions and get instant feedback on your answers.
Here is how it works:
1) Go to duolingo.goarno.io. Create an account if you don’t have one already.
2) Go to the “Read and Complete” question type.
3) Fill in the missing characters. When you are finished press the "Submit" button, shown in the red box.
4) Arno will instantly evaluate your response. Letters in green are correct. Letters in red are incorrect. The correct answer will appear below the blanks.
5) Click on the right arrow near the bottom to go to the next question.
Now you understand the “Read and Complete” question type, and you have the best tips to get the highest score.
You also know how you can practice for this question type: Arno!
Arno gives you unlimited practice questions and instant feedback for every question type on the Duolingo English Test. So cool! 🤩
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