Most test takers don’t pay much attention to the reading exam’s multiple-choice section during their IELTS review because they think it’ll be easy. Don’t make the same mistake. While the provided options do make it less demanding compared with the other sections of the test, it is just as challenging as the rest. Make sure you’re prepared for it.

Read on to find out what you should know about the reading exam’s multiple-choice task type to achieve your band score goal.

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IELTS Reading Exam: Task Type 1 – Multiple Choice

Although the reading test is different in the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, their mechanics for their multiple-choice section are the same. Here are some key facts about this task type.

       ·         Multiple-choice tasks may involve:

o   Completing a sentence – You’ll be given the first part then you’ll have to choose the most appropriate way to finish it from the choices.
o   Answering a question – You must choose the choice that best answers the given question.

        ·         The number of answers they need to select depends on the number of choices provided. They must choose…

o   one if there are four choices (A, B, C, or D).
o   two if there are five choices (A, B, C, D, or E).
o   three if there are seven choices (A, B, C, D, E. F, or G).

        ·         The questions are presented in the same order their answers appear in the text.
        ·         Multiple-choice tasks assess the examinee’s ability to understand a text—not just its overall idea, but also its specific points.
        ·         The number of questions in this task type varies.

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Top Tips for Multiple-Choice Questions

Breeze through the first part of the IELTS reading exam. Integrate the following tips to your test strategies to get a high score in multiple-choice tasks.

        ·         Read the questions first. Don’t dive straight into the text. Check out the questions first so you’ll have an idea of what you’re looking for when you go through the text.

        ·         Highlight keywords and phrases as you go. When you read the questions, underline or encircle all the keywords and phrases you come across. Do the same when you read the text. It’ll help you scan for answers later on.

        ·         Narrow down your options. When you’re not sure of your answer(s), use the process of elimination. While this technique won’t always leave you with a definite answer, it’ll certainly reduce your chances of committing a mistake. So, master using it during your IELTS review period.

        ·         Expand your vocabulary. Here’s the thing: the text and the questions won’t always be exact matches of each other. Most of the time, the latter contain synonyms or paraphrased versions of the former. So, build up your vocabulary.

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