Last Updated Jun 18,2024

IELTS Reading: Multiple Choice Questions Practice & Tips


As the name suggests a multiple choice means students are provided multiple choices out of which students will have to identify the correct answer to the question asked. Keep in mind that instruction might be for either choosing one answer or multiple answers.

Certain students find the task challenging as the answers are interpretative and require a strong understanding of the passage. However, there are IELTS tips and strategies discussed in the blog to guide you through MCQ Reading IELTS.

What are IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions? 

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions test your ability to understand the main ideas contained in a text and then look for specific information. This type of question type, test your skill to understand the general idea while simultaneously identifying the specific information asked. You will need to quickly identify the main idea in order to locate the correct section of the text.

When you do this it will seem like two or three of the options could be the correct answer, therefore, you must read in much more detail to find the specific information that gives you the correct answer.

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Common Mistakes Made by Students in IELTS Reading MCQ

Reading the passage before the questions

If you choose to read the passage before reading questions it is like reading “blindly” as you won’t know what to search for. Additionally, you waste time because you have to reread the content after reading the questions, meaning that the first reading was a waste of time.

Getting distracted by distractors

Often the examiners tease students by using many distractors. Distractors means that they ideally seem to be the correct response, but, are a wrong answer. The main aim of distractors is to confuse students. First and foremost, the student must understand the main meaning of the questions and understand the keywords. Consider the sentence’s overall context as well as any qualifying terms like “most,” “all,” “always,” and “sometimes.”

Completely dependent on Skimming and Scanning

Students often ignore reading entire passages and rely on just skimming and scanning methods resulting in acquiring half sentences. It is a must to remember that passages might convey different points simultaneously, which could be completely skipped if opted only for skimming and scanning.

Understand correct meaning

It is pertinent that you understand the correct meaning of all the options. Remember even the options have distractors, be alert to the real content, and don’t jump to answers by just mistakenly focusing on distractors.

Also Read: IELTS Reading: List of Matching Headings Practice & Tips

Tips to Solve IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions

  • Make sure you precisely read the questions before reading the passage.
  • Use the Elimination method. Several times the options would be too close wisely eliminate the options that would lead you to the correct answer.
  • Take the aid of minute details. Go through the small details thoroughly and try to find the difference between options.
  • When there is a time barrier or maybe just clueless about answers make sure you just don’t leave the answer. Take a calculated guess and mark the answers.
  • Do not panic if you lack knowledge about the subject. This is not a knowledge assessment but rather a reading assessment.
  • Try to anticipate the correct answer before reading the text. This may benefit in determining the correct response.
  • Always review the questions carefully before making your final selection.
  • You will always find the answers in sequence.
  • There are two types of questions. Opinion questions which means personal belief and secondly about facts means clearly stated statements that are either completely true or false.

Strategy for Answering IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions

  • Read the questions attentively.
  • Quickly go through the text to understand its main idea.
  • Identify any synonyms in the text and underline keywords in the questions.
  • Review the options and mark any relevant terms. Take into account the differences in meaning among the options.
  • Locate the section containing the answers by spotting synonyms and keywords after reading the text.
  • Synonyms are student’s best friend. Students must have an open mind set which would help them to spot the location of the answers.
  • Keep in mind the different possible interpretations as you read that part of the text carefully.
  • Consider why the other options are incorrect, not just which ones are correct.
  • Always ensure that your answer is correct by justifying why that particular option is the answer and not others.

Also Read: IELTS Reading True False Not Given: Tips & Practice

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions Practice

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions Practice

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions Practice

IELTS Reading MCQs with Answers

IELTS Reading Multiple Choice Questions with Answers Practice
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