Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Are you ready for IELTS multiple choice questions?

Each question type requires different strategies.

You also need to know which answers will be in order in the passage.

Today we’ll share strategies for IELTS multiple choice questions.

IELTS multiple choice strategies

This exam is not just a test of your reading comprehension.

You will not have time to read entire passages.

Instead, you need to use strategies to find the answers.

  • Read the questions first and identify keywords in question and answer choices one by one
  • The answers will be in order in the passage
  • Read in detail once you find keywords and compare them to the question
  • Make sure all the key words match the passage before you choose an answer

IELTS Reading practice

Use these strategies to answer the following questions.

The reading passage can be found below.

Instructions: Write the correct letter, A, B, C, or D.

1. What do Anderson’s films always contain?
A. Ensemble casts
B. Themes of grief and loss
C. Unique visual style
D. Dysfunctional families

2. Which of Anderson’s films uses stop-motion animation?
A. Rushmore
B. Fantastic Mr. Fox
C. The Darjeeling Limited
D. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

3. Which film earned Anderson his first Academy Award?
A. Bottle Rocket
B. Fantastic Mr. Fox
C. Moonrise Kingdom
D. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

IELTS Reading passage

Use the strategies to find answers in the following passage:

Wesley Wales Anderson, born May 1, 1969, is an American filmmaker. His films are known for eccentricity, his trademark visual and narrative styles, and frequent use of ensemble casts. They often contain themes of grief, loss of innocence, and dysfunctional families. Some critics cite Anderson as a modern-day example of an auteur. Three of his films have appeared in BBC Culture’s 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000.

Anderson gained acclaim for his early films Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. He often collaborated with brothers Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson during that time and founded his production company American Empirical Pictures, which he runs. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. His next films included The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and his first stop-motion film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature nomination. In 2012 he earned his second Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination for Moonrise Kingdom.

In 2023, Anderson made four short films based on stories by Roald Dahl that were released on Netflix; one of these, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, featuring Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dev Patel, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

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Applying the strategies

Jessica and Aubrey first identify keywords in the questions.

Your next step would be to scan the passage, looking for keywords or their parallels.

Once they match keywords, they read carefully around them.

The answer may be in that sentence or the sentence just before or after.

Answers are in order

It is a huge benefit to realize these answers will be in order.

Once you find the answer to the first question, you don’t need to start scanning from the beginning.

Instead, start from the answer you found.

You know that the next answer will come later in the passage.

This will save you a lot of time!


Each question type on IELTS Reading will require different strategies.

You need a study system for IELTS Reading like we showed you today for multiple choice questions.

The strategies for each question type will help you get the score you need on test day.

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