IELTS Listening: Multiple Choice – Step by Step

You do not have much time to read the multiple choice questions in the IELTS Listening Test booklet before the passage begins. Therefore, decide which parts of the question task to read first.

Before you listen:
 • You need to understand what the topic of the talk or conversation is about so that you can predict what ideas and words you might hear. Therefore, read the instructions first.
 • Once you have read the instructions, do not forget to look at the example if there is one.
 • Next, you should read the first question and all the possible answer choices to that question. By doing this, you will be prepared for the first question when the passage begins. Note that you do not know how much time you have before the passage begins.
 • Circle any keywords/phrases in the question and possible answer choices that you feel might help you in listening for the answer.
 • Make sure that the keywords/phrases refer to the specific topic of the question.
 • Then, you should at least read the other questions for keywords before you read any of the possible answer choices to those questions. This will further assist you with predicting and prepare you to move on to the next question as the questions change.
 • Be ready to give answer to the first question as soon as the passage begins. Sometimes the answer to the first question is given in the speaker’s very first sentence.

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IELTS Listening: Multiple choice questions

In recent IELTS listening tests, there are more and more multiple choice questions in the paper, and that absolutely increases the hardness of the listening test. Multiple choice questions are difficult because there is more to read, and the speaker often mentions more than one of the choices/options (to trick you).

Here are some tips:

  1. Read all the questions and choices/options before the listening starts.
  2. If you can’t reading all the choices/options within the given reading time, at least read all the questions first.
  3. Read the choices/options while you are listening, and do not read the choices/options line by line. Reading the difference between choices/options.
  4. Underline key words in each choice/option. The key words are those that make the difference in meaning between choices/options.
  5. Don't check your answers to the previous section; use the breaks to read ahead.
  6. When listening, only look at the words you underlined. Don't read everything again.
  7. Expect the trick! They often mention more than one choice/option, so be careful.
  8. If you're not sure, make a good guess, and then move on to the next question.
  9. If you don't have time to read everything (tip 1), don't worry. Prepare as many questions as you can, then do your best on the others.
  10. Remember, all the contents are factual texts. So anything against the truth or any too absolute expression might be considered NOT true. (tip 8)

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