Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn the strategy for IELTS Listening Multiple Choice questions.

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There’s no way around it- this is the toughest IELTS Listening question type!

Today’s strategies are also applicable to the matching questions, when you have a box of statements and must match them to a list of names.

Multiple Choice Strategies:

Before you listen, read as much as you can.

For Multiple Choice, you probably won’t have time to read all the questions and answers. Focus on the questions first, and underline key words.

Remember, all questions come in order on IELTS Listening.

So, while you listen, keep your finger on the question, and the key word in the question that you’re listening for. That is how you keep track.

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Here’s the tough part– you must read, underline key words, and think while you listen.

While you are listening, you must scan the possible answer choices, trying to match what you hear to key words you see.

Sometimes, you must make an educated guess. Trust your instinct, and don’t overthink it.

Practice these strategies with IELTS practice tests, and also other listening quizzes, such as those at

The bottom line is that you need to practice the listening strategies a lot, but you also must have a high level of comprehension.

Listen to as much English as you can every day, through podcasts, TV shows and movies.

Comment below with your own IELTS questions!

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