A couple of weeks ago, in this lesson, I said that section 4 was the most difficult part of the listening test. But several people wrote comments below the lesson telling me that they found section 3 to be the most difficult.
The problem with section 3 is that it often contains a big multiple choice exercise. Here are a few reasons why multiple choice questions are so tricky:
- There's so much information to read. You might not have time to read all of the questions and choices before the recording starts.
- It's easy to get 'lost' as you listen to the recording and try to assess the different choices for each question. Your brain is doing too much multitasking!
- Sometimes the choices are very similar, and you will probably hear at least one key word from each choice. Unless you listen very carefully, you might be 'tricked' into making the wrong choice.
- The speaker may say something but then contradict it in the next sentence (another type of 'trick').
So how can you deal with all of these problems? How can you train yourself to be better at the multiple choice questions in section 3?
Feel free to share ideas or ask questions in the comments area below this lesson. I'll read the comments, take the best tips, and add my own advice; I'll give you my multiple choice training tips next Tuesday.