Multiple Choice Questions Tips for Listening (MCQ)


Many candidates say that they find difficulty in doing multiple-choice questions than the other listening tasks. This is because, in these types of questions, there are three to four choices, and the chances of being correct are only 25%. However, you have a 75% chance of being wrong that is why multiple-choice questions are very difficult to solve.

In the multiple-choice questions, you are required to carefully listen to a passage as it may be a conversation between two or three people, lecture or talk, and you have to choose between a number of possible given answers. When you practice do not be satisfied with simply finding the correct answer and decide if the other interest is either contradicted or not mentioned. Always consider all the possible answer choices and do not mark the answer until you do not read the last choice given.

In the test, you do not have enough time to read all the multiple choices in the listening test booklet so before the passage begins, you have to decide which part of the question task to read first. There are always some tricks which you can use while listening to the multiple-choice questions:

1. Before you listen read the instructions first. 
2. Then carefully understand what the topic of the talk or conversation is about so that you can predict what ideas and words you might hear.
3. Next, first read all the questions given in the multiple-choice and all possible answer choices of that questions because you do not have enough time to read all the given choices so, first read all the questions and then go for the choices given.
4. While reading the questions underline the keywords and phrases in it. 
5. As soon as the speaker starts speaking carefully listen to the passage and the possible answer choices.
6. If you find the answer to the question at the start even then listen carefully to the passage until the speaker moves to the next question because some time speaker tricks you with the answer. It will help you to become sure about your answer. For instance, there are four choices given in the question such as A, B, C, D, and if you find that the answer is A then to become sure about your answer listen to all the remaining choices B, C and D. 
7. Keep in mind that the speaker always rephrases the keyword to give you the answer. 
8. Always take care of the words like but, instead, and although etc. because these are negative words and the statement will always change after these words. 

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