IELTS reading multiple choice questions tips

IELTS Reading Multiple choice questions tips

MCQs are one the difficult question type in the IELTS reading, and many aspirants find it difficult to solve them. Due to this, their score in the reading section remains low, and it affects the overall band score. Experts use different types of approaches to solve these type of questions, and I am going to explain one of them in this article.

In the multiple-choice questions, as the name suggests there are three to four choices, so, the probability of being correct is 25 per cent. That is why these type of questions are difficult to solve whether these are in reading or in listening. 

Multiple choice questions tips in reading
Source: Cambridge IELTS Book 

Reason of less score in the MCQs

The reason varies from student to student as they may not read the questions properly or they do not look at the instructions first. Here, I am going to discuss some reasons why they score low in this section.

      This may happen due to the following reasons:

  1. When you do not read the information given at the start of the questions.
  2. Not reading the heading of the paragraph as heading gives an idea about the paragraph.
  3. When you read half question means not reading the complete question.
  4. Do not concentrate properly on reading.
  5. When you do not read a paragraph appropriately means not reading the sentence until the full stop.
  6. When you read the paragraph before questions.
  7. When you make assumptions.

How to solve the Multiple choice questions in Reading

  1. First, read the instructions given at the start of the section.
  2. Read the heading of the paragraph as it will give you an idea about it.
  3. Read the questions first then go to the paragraph.
  4. Mark the keywords, these will help you in finding the correct answer.
  5. Look carefully for negative/transitional words (i.e. but, although, while, however etc.) as these change the whole meaning of the line. 
  6. If you find any question difficult then try to eliminate the incorrect options
  7. Answers are always in order.
  8. Always read the text until the full stop.
  9. To confirm your answer whether it is correct or not, read till next line to confirm it.
  10. Do not make any assumptions, always write the answer which is given in the text.

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