A common mistake in multiple choice questions in the IELTS Listening test is to get distracted by words in the audio recording that match words in one of the possible answers.
To show you what I mean, here’s a multiple choice question from Section 2 of the Listening test in the Official IELTS Practice Materials and a transcript of the audio recording.
The Bridge Hotel is located in
A) the city centre
B) the country
C) the suburbs
Transcript: “Set in a quiet residential area on the attractive outskirts of Belford, about three miles from the city centre, the Bridge Hotel is a popular choice for conferences.”
In this example, many candidates may be distracted when they hear ‘the city centre’ in the recording and choose ‘A’ . The correct answer, however, is ‘C’ because the hotel is on the outskirts of Belford and ‘outskirts’ is a synonym of ‘suburbs’ (i.e. ‘outskirts’ is a word with a similar meaning to ‘suburbs’).
Here’s another example from the same test:
The newest sports facility in the hotel is
A) a swimming pool
B) a fitness centre
C) a tennis court
Transcript: “The Bridge Hotel is set in three and a half hectares of grounds with an open-air swimming pool and four tennis courts. There is also a newly opened gym with fitness suite, which is considered one of the best equipped in the area.”
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