IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions – IELTS Jacky (2023)

Multiple choicequestions appear regularly in both the Academic and General IELTS Readingtests. They are fairly simple to complete but it’s easy to get tricked intopicking the wrong answer.

Theinformation and strategy on this page will help you to avoid common errorsand to gain high marks. They will also save you time in your test.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Explanationof this question type
  • Key tips
  • The strategy
  • Examples fromreal test papers
  • Step-by-step instructions & model answer

The aim of this type of question is to test if you can:

  • Understand the main idea of each paragraph
  • Scan for specific information
  • Use detailed reading to differentiate between several possibleanswers


The Task

You will beasked to:

1) Read thefirst half of a sentence, a statement or a question about the text.

2) Choose themost appropriate sentence ending, response or answer from a choice of a numberof options (usually 4). Only one is correct although several could appear to bethe right one on first reading, so beware.

Here’s anexample of how the instructions and questionswill be set out.It'spart of a question taken from a past testpaper.

IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions – IELTS Jacky (1)

Source: IDP –Past test paper

Key Tips

  • Read the questions first. Ifyou do this, you’ll know what you’re looking for when you read the text whichwill save you loads of time.
  • The answerswill be in order. It’svery helpful to know that the answers come in order in the text which isn’t thecase with all question types. This makes it easier to find them. So, if you’vefound answer 1 in paragraph 1 and answer 2 in paragraph 3, you’ll know thatanswer 3 won’t be too much further on in the text.
  • Read in detail. For some question types, you’ll bemostly skimming and scanning the text for the answers. You’ll need these skillshere too but with multiple choice questions, the detail is important.
  • Watchout for distractors.Be aware that the test setters love to include ‘distractors’ in the answeroptions to try and catch you out. A prime example is qualifying words such asevery, all, most, a few. They are only small words but they can completelychange the meaning of a sentence.

E.g. Everyone who ate theprawn sandwiches at the party was ill.

Most people who ate the prawn sandwichesat the party were ill.

  • Don’tleave any blank answers. If you really can’t decide whichanswer is right, then guess. There’s at least a chance that you’ll guess correctlyand get the mark. If you don’t put an answer, the question will be marked ‘wrong’by the examiner.


False Answers

It’s also useful to know the types of incorrect answersthat might be included. Be alert for answers that give:

1)Almost the correct information. (Watch out for those distractors.)

2)The opposite information. (It’s easy to be fooled by these.)

3)Information that’s included in the same paragraph as the true answer but notrelevant to the question.

4)Information related to the question which is not included in the text.



Strategy For Answering MultipleChoice Questions

I’ll show you how to apply this strategy in the example below but first, you need to understand it.Follow these steps.


1) Read the questions

Carefully read the questions. Don’tworry if there are words you don’t understand. If they appear in the text, youmay be able to work them out in context. Alternatively, synonyms that you do understand mayhave been used.

If unfamiliar words appear in incorrect answeroptions, they don’t matter so much, although you’ll need to make an educatedguess at them in order to eliminate the answer.

2) Skim read the text

On this first reading of the text, you are aiming to get just the general meaning.

(Video) IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions

3) Identify key words

Return to the questions andunderline key words in them. These will help you find the location of the correctanswer in the text. I’ve underlined them in question 1 below as an example.

This is question 1 from the sample test we'll be working on in a minute.

In the text, synonyms will almost certainlybe used for some of them, so think about what these might be as you pick out thekey words.

IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions – IELTS Jacky (2)

4) Think about meaning

Your other task while looking at theanswer options is to try and work out the difference in meaning between them.Two may be very similar. Don’t spend too much time on this but doing it willsave you precious minutes in the next step.


5) Predict the correct answer

From your general understanding ofthe text, you may be able to make a reasonable prediction of the rightanswer to some of the questions. Put a mark next to your prediction inpencil. You may not be right, but this will help you to narrow down the options.


6) Read the text again

Now re-read the text a paragraph ata time, particularly scanning for the key words you identified and likelysynonyms. Remember that the answers will be in order so you can expect thefirst one to be in paragraphs 1 or 2.

In our sample test paper, the firstquestion helpfully states that the answer is in paragraph 1:

1In paragraph one, the writer suggests that companies could consider

Once you’ve located the section oftext containing the answer, read in detail to fully understand it. Now go backand read the answer options again.

Usually, one or two options willclearly be wrong. Cross them out to eliminate them once you are sure they’reincorrect.

Continue to study the detail in theremaining answers until you've identified the right one.

If one answer jumps out at you asobviously correct, double-check it in case the examiner has succeeded intricking you in the way I suggested in my key tips. It’s also worth going throughthe process of eliminate the other answers before finally deciding just to besure.


7) Deciding between similar answers

It’s common to end up with two verysimilar answer options that it’s difficult to decide between. In this case,you need to study them in even more detail to identify the difference.

First, write them out one under theother unless they already appear like this on the sheet.

Hereare a couple of tactics you can then use to compare them:

  • Paraphrase each one in your ownwords.
  • Identify distractors such as qualifyingwords that give them different meanings.
  • Compare keywords and synonyms betweenthem and with the question.

8) Move on

Time willalways be against you. If you get really stuck with an answer, you’ll need totake an educated guess so you at least write something on theanswer paper. If you’re down to two possible answers then you have a 50% chanceof picking the correct one.

Do this andkeep moving on through the test.

The more you practice your generalreading skills and this strategy for answering multiple choice questions, thequicker you’ll get and the easier they’ll become.

Use all the information, tips andstrategies on the pages in the menu below.



Example with answers

This question is from a past IELTS Reading test paper taken from the official IELTS website, www.ielts.org.The passage is just a part of the full text used the exam. In the realtest, a longer version appeared and it had several different types of questionsset on it.

Before checking the answers, you might want to try answering it yourself for practice.When you’ve completed the task, read my notes below on how I found the answers. They include lots more tips to help you with multiple choice questions.

IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions – IELTS Jacky (3)

IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions – IELTS Jacky (4)

Click this link for a downloadable PDF of the question - Older People in the Workforce

(Video) IELTS Reading – How To Answer Matching Headings Questions



Notes on how I answered the questions

1) First, I read each of the sentences and their fourpossible endings to get a general idea of the information they contain.

Next, I skim read the text, again to get the general meaning.I then go toquestion 1 and underline key words in it.

1In paragraph one, the writer suggests that companies could consider

A abolishing pay schemes that are based onage.

B avoiding pay that is based on piece-rates.

C increasing pay for older workers.

D equipping older workers with new skills.

I notice thatthree of the options have the key word ‘pay’in them so I scan for this first. Since the answers will be in order in the text,I expect this answer to be fairly near the beginning of the passage soconcentrate on paragraph 1 to start with.

The general assumption is that older workers are paid more in spite of,rather than because of, their productivity. That might partly explain why, whenemployers are under pressure to cut costs, they persuade a 55-year old to takeearly retirement. Take away seniority-based payscales, and older workers may become a much more attractive employment proposition.But most employers and many workers are uncomfortable with the idea of reducingsomeone’spayin later life – although manualworkers on piece-rates often earn less as they get older. So retaining theservices of older workers may mean employing them in different ways.

Pay’ appearstwice. I highlight it. I’m pretty sure that the answer will be in thisparagraph so now scan for the other key words I’ve selected – abolishing,avoiding, increasing and equipping – or obvious synonyms.

I don’t immediately spot any, so read in detail to try and findthe information I need, paying particular attention to the sentences in thetext with the word ‘pay’ in.

I identify a sentence that looks promising. It contains thewords ‘take away‘ which are asynonym of ‘abolish’, the keyword I’ve underlined in option A. The sentence reads,


Take awayseniority-basedpayscales, and older workers may become a much more attractive employment proposition.

I look at question 1 again to check if the information in the text and answer optionAmatch.

Aabolishingpayschemes that are based on age.

They do seem to.

I re-read and evaluate the other option answers.BandCare definitely not a match with the text.

I briefly consider D, as it’s a possible match to thelast sentence in the paragraph.

Dequippingolder workers with new skills.

So retaining the services of older workers may mean employing them in different ways.

However, I decide that ‘equipping older workers with new skills’, is not the same as ‘employing them in different ways’.So, the correct answer must be option A.

Answer: 1 A


2)I move on to question 2.

2SkillTeam is an example of a company which

A offers older workers increases insalary.

B allows people to continue working for aslong as they want.

C allows the expertise of older workers tobe put to use.

D treats older and younger workers equally.

(Video) IELTS Reading – How To Answer Matching Sentence Endings Questions

I scan for ‘Skill Teamthe company mentioned in the sentence, starting from the location of the last answer.It appears twice in the second paragraph so this is where the answer will be.

One innovation was devised by IBM Belgium. Faced with the needto cut staff costs, and having decided to concentrate cuts on 55 to 60-yearolds, IBM set up a separate company called Skill Team, which re-employed any of theearly retired who wanted to go on working up to the age of 60. An employee whojoined Skill Teamat the age of 55 on a five-year contract would work for 58% of his time, overthe full period, for 88% of his last IBM salary. The company offered servicesto IBM, thus allowing it to retain access to some of the intellectualcapital it would otherwise have lost.

There are no obvious key words to scan for in the 4 options sentence endings.

Mystrategy this time is to carefully read the options and try to understand theinformation in each of them and also to underline the word or phrase in each that gives the key information that I need to try and match with the text.

I thenread paragraph 2 in detail, looking out for matching ideas.

Iquickly discount A, B and D as there is no information to support any of these statements.The answer must, therefore, be C.

Answer: 2 C

Thematching information for option C is hidden in paraphrasing but can be found in thefinal phrase of the paragraph, which reads:

....allowing it to retain access to some of the intellectual capital it would otherwise have lost.

The synonym of ‘expertise’ used in the text is ‘intellectual capital’. It’s quite likely you won’t know this, but you’ll still be able to select the correct answer simply by eliminating the rest as clearly incorrect.


3)Now for question 3.

3Accordingto the writer, ‘bridge’ jobs

A tend to attract people in middle-salaryranges.

B are better paid than some full-time jobs.

C originated in the United States.

D appeal to distinct groups of olderworkers.

I scan for‘bridge’ jobs. Again, since the answers will come in order in the text, I scan from the location of the last answer. It appears 3 times in paragraph 3 so this is where the answer will be.


The best way to tempt the old to go on working may be to buildon such ‘bridge’jobs: part-time or temporary employment that creates a moregradual transition from full-time work to retirement. Studies have found that,in the United States, nearly half of all men and women who had been infull-time jobs in middle age moved into such‘bridge’ jobsat the end of theirworking lives. In general, it is the best-paid and worst-paid who carry onworking. There seem to be two very different types of bridge job-holder– those who continue working because they have to and those who continueworking because they want to, even though they could afford to retire.

Aswith the previous question, I carefully read the options and try to understand theinformation in each of them. I also underline the word or phrase in each that gives the key information that I need to try and match with the text.

I thenread paragraph 3 in detail, looking out for matching ideas.

Ispot ‘United States’ in the text so read that sentence again to check if the informationmatches option C which also has ‘United States’ in it. The textstates that a study was carried out in the United States while option C says that ‘bridge’ jobs originated there. The information does notmatch so I can discount option C.

Also,there’s no information in the paragraph about how much people are paid to do ‘bridge’jobs, so I cross through option B as well.

Ican now see that the answer must be in the last two sentences of the paragraph.I’ve already discounted the second sentence about the study in the UnitedStates and the first sentence just explains what a ‘bridge’job is.

I re-read the remainingoptions, A and D, then carefully read the last two sentences of the paragraph.

Atend to attract people in middle-salary ranges.

Dappeal to distinct groups of older workers.

In general, it is the best-paid and worst-paid who carry on working.There seem to be two very different types of bridge job-holder – those who continue working because they have to and those who continue working because they want to, even though they could afford to retire.

The text mentions two types of workers who generally continue working –the best-paid and worst-paid. There is no mention of ‘people in middle-salary ranges’, so option A is not correct.

That just leaves me with optionD. Whilst the information in this statement is paraphrased, it clearly matches the text so is the right answer.

(Video) IELTS Reading – Short Answer Questions

Answer: 3 D

As you can see, finding the correct match is often a process of eliminating the other options.


4) I move on to the final question.

4DavidStorey’s study found that

A people demand more from their work asthey get older.

B older people are good at running their ownbusinesses.

C an increasing number of old people areself-employed.

D few young people have their ownbusinesses.

I scan for 'David Storey'. It’s always good to have a name to scan for as it will be easy to find. I find it in the last paragraph.


If the job market grows more flexible, the old may find morejobs that suit them. Often, they will be self-employed. Sometimes, theymay start their own businesses: a study by David Storey of Warwick University foundthat in Britain 70% of businesses started by people over 55 survived,compared with an overall national average of only 19%. But whatever patternof employment they choose, in the coming years the skills of these ‘greyworkers’ will have to be increasingly acknowledged and rewarded.

As before, I carefully read the options and underline the word or phrase that highlight ideas I need to look for in the text. I then read the text in detail.

This is one of those questions where it’s easy to get caught out as there’s information in the paragraph relating to several of the possible answers, especially about self-employment and owning a business.

I need to be sure that I focus only on what David Storey’s study found out, which is that in Britain,

70% of businesses started by people over 55 survived, compared with an overall national average of only 19%’.

I re-readthe options one by one to see which is the best fit. It’s option B, ‘older people are good atrunning their own businesses’. There’s some interpretation needed here but thisis the only option that matches the information in the sentence.

Theanswer is 4 B.

Andthat’s the whole question completed.

Answers

1 A abolishing pay schemes that are based on age

2 C allows the expertise of older workers to be put to use

3 D appeal to distinct groups of older workers

4B olderpeople are good at running their own business

I hope you’ve found these extra notes helpful. Now use this strategy and all the tips to practice answering multiple choice questions from past IELTS Reading test papers. This practice will quickly improve both your skills and your level of confidence.


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FAQs

How do you answer multiple choice questions in ielts reading? ›

You can also adapt this strategy to what suits you.
  1. Read the questions carefully.
  2. Skim the text to get the general meaning.
  3. Underline any keywords in the question and think about any synonyms that might appear in the text.
  4. Read the choices and underline any keywords. ...
  5. Predict the correct answer.
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7Good
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Example 1:
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  5. Developing vocabulary. ...
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  2. Attempt to answer the questions in consecutive order.
  3. Ignore the answer choices.
  4. Read the question carefully to determine the precise requirement.
  5. Determine the correct answer before reading the answer choices.
  6. Read the answer choices carefully.
  7. Select the best answer.
11 Apr 2013

What is the most common correct answer on a multiple choice test? ›

In multiple-choice questions, first, B and E are the most likely answers in 4- and 5-option questions, respectively and, second, same answer is least likely to be repeated in the next question. Outlier answers are less likely to be the correct answers.

What is the fastest way to get answers in ielts reading? ›

Tips for Saving Time And Finding Answers Quickly in IELTS Reading
  1. Skim through the whole passage. ...
  2. Focus on introduction and conclusion of the passage. ...
  3. Find out the keywords. ...
  4. Read all the questions before you answer. ...
  5. Spend not more than 1 minute on every question.

What is the fastest way to answer ielts reading questions? ›

How to increase reading speed and boost your IELTS Reading score
  1. Start reading in groups of 3 - 5 words or chunking.
  2. Do not reread the words.
  3. Skim during your first reading then scan when answering questions.
  4. Start improving your vocabulary to speed up comprehension.

Is C usually the correct answer? ›

Myth 2: C is the best guess letter and is right more often than any other letter. C or H are right (and wrong) as often as any other answer choice. The only guess letter you don't want to use when you are completely guessing is E or K because they only show up on the math test.

What should be avoided in multiple choice questions? ›

Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Grammatical Cues. ...
  • Distractor Length Cues: “too long to be wrong” ...
  • Logical Cues. ...
  • Repeating Words. ...
  • Using Absolute Terms. ...
  • Not Random Distractor/Options Order. ...
  • Convergence strategy.
6 Oct 2014

Should I always guess C? ›

So, ultimately, guessing C (or any letter!) will give you the correct answer only a statistical 25% of the time (20% on the math section). Which means it's NOT true that choosing C will give you a better rate of success than choosing any other letter for your blind guessing.

Is C the most likely multiple choice answer? ›

Most people (and tutors) tell students that, if they have no idea on a question, to just guess answer choice “C” — the middle answer on most multiple choice tests.

How do you get 100 on every multiple choice test? ›

How to ace multiple choice tests
  1. Read very carefully. Take the time to carefully read each question and answer choice. ...
  2. Come up with your own answer. ...
  3. Look for common types of wrong answers. ...
  4. Eliminate answers in two rounds. ...
  5. Do not obsess over your choices. ...
  6. Manage your time. ...
  7. Answer every question.
15 Nov 2022

How can I clear my IELTS in 7 days? ›

Picking up strategies to crack each of the 4 IELTS sections. Taking up at least one IELTS practice test.
...
Day 6 - Mock test
  1. 60 minutes for Writing Section.
  2. 60 minutes for Reading Section.
  3. 30 minutes for Listening Section.
  4. 14 minutes for Speaking Section.
24 Nov 2021

How can I pass IELTS in 10 days? ›

Now, let's get down to the details:
  1. Learn the structure of the section, types of tasks, and timing.
  2. Find some materials in English and start reading them. ...
  3. Search for IELTS practice reading sections.
  4. Examine instructions well not to miss the details of the task.
  5. Don't forget about timing.
4 Jul 2022

How can I clear my IELTS in 15 days? ›

How To Crack IELTS In 15 Days? Day-wise Study Plan
  1. Day 1- Understand the Structure. ...
  2. Day 3- Get Confident with Reading Section. ...
  3. Day 4- Comprehension. ...
  4. Day 5- Skimming & other Reading Techniques. ...
  5. Day 6- Practise Full-length Reading Passages. ...
  6. Day 9- Speak to Someone Fluent in English. ...
  7. Enrol On Leap Scholar's Online IELTS Program.
1 Sept 2020

How can I get 8.5 in IELTS reading? ›

My 3 Step Tips for IELTS Band Score 8.5

Go through the test format. – Spend some time and understand the question patterns in each segment. – Keep in mind the time limit for every segment. – Do an initial sample test (download from IELTS official website) just to see where you stand.

How can I clear my IELTS in one week? ›

Reserve 1:15-2 hours of uninterrupted time (the time will vary depending on whether you complete one or two writing tasks). If you are taking the paper-based IELTS, write (don't type) your essay responses just like you will on the IELTS exam. Set strict time limits for the reading questions and the writing questions.

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