This study investigates the reception strategies employed by EFL learners while completing a doze test. It presents the strategies they used and how they arrived at a solution to the gaps. Data was collected via semi-structured interview and think - aloud technique. The data was analyzed on the basis of the categories of general scheme of cognitive learning / reception strategies proposed by Rubine (1987), in terms of type and frequency. The study revealed; (a) the effect of monitoring strategies on their performance; (b) the contribution of translation into first language on the task, and (c) the use of multiple strategies on "demanding items". Other findings have also been discussed to give a better picture of their strategic performance during the course of performing on the task.