March 17, 2010

7 Tips for Multiple Choice Questions in the IELTS Listening Module

Let me share with you some tips for handling multiple choice questions of the IELTS Listening Module. Here they are:

1. Read the questions and predict the types of information you need before starting the module.

2. Be alert for:

  • synonyms for words and phrases in the options
  • the same idea expressed during different parts of speech
  • specific information, e.g., dates or numbers

3. Keep track of the time. You have a few seconds to read each section before you listen. You will however have ten (10) minutes at the end to put your answers on the answer sheet.

4. Each listening text will only be heard once; it is important that you look for key words and phrases before you actually start the exam.

5. The questions are in the same order as you hear the answers.

6. Don't spend too much time trying to think of an answer.

7. If you need to make a guess, base it on key words and phrases you have heard.

Hope the tips help.

Cheers. :)

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