Answering multiple choice questions in the listening test

Do you find it difficult to answer Multiple Choice questions in the ‪#‎IELTS‬ listening test?  Many people have this problem, particularly in Section 3 and 4, so here is my advice for how to manage these questions.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that all of the questions in the listening test are written in a way to help guide you through the recording – you should see them as signposts that are telling you what you need to listen for. So, it is very important to read the questions carefully before you listen and you are given extra time to do this. This will help you to identify the ideas and topics you will hear and will help you to keep track as you listen.
After you have identified the key topics, look at the information in the questions to identify the type of information you need to listen for. Try and rephrase this in your own mind – this may help you to identify the paraphrases when you hear them in the recording. In the images below I have tried to show what you need to think about when you are preparing for Multiple choice questions.
Being ready to listen means that you will be able to cope more easily with the test. Identifying the topics will help you keep track and move on with the speakers. When you are listening, you only hear the recording once, and again the questions are written in a way to help with this you will never need to go back to an earlier question.  So, once the topic has moved on, make sure you move on to the next question and don’t look back at earlier questions – if you do that you will become confused and lose your way in the recording. You will also miss the answer to the next questions.

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5 thoughts on “Answering multiple choice questions in the listening test

  1. Sunder

    It is very helpful Pauline, I wanted to practice more tests of Listening lessions 3 and 4. Can u suggest me more materils which are may be helpful to me


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