Difficulty level: Easy
Multiple choice questions in the listening test are always difficult. I can think of four reasons for this:
- There’s a lot of information in the question choices, so there’s a lot to think about while you’re listening.
- Some of the choices might be similar.
- All of the choices might be mentioned in some way.
- Synonyms or paraphrasing may be used instead of the words that you see in the choices.
Here’s a good example from Cambridge IELTS book 10, page 12.
Which TWO facilities at the leisure club have recently been improved?
A) the gym
B) the tracks
C) the outdoor pool
D) the indoor pool
E) the sports training for children
Which two answers did you choose? Did you experience any of the four difficulties that I mentioned above?
IELTS Listening Exercise Answers
Before we start our tour of the club, I’ll just run through some basic information about the facilities we have here, including recent improvements, and explain the types of membership available.
Our greatest asset is probably our swimming pool, which at 25 metres isn’t Olympic-sized, but now we’ve expanded it to eight lanes, it’s much wider. This means there are rarely more than a couple of people at a time in each lane. Unfortunately, there isn’t space for an outdoor pool here, but the glass roof on the swimming pool is partly retractable, which means you can enjoy something of the open-air experience on warmer days.
Our recently refurbished fitness suite has all the latest exercise equipment, including ten new running machines and a wide range of weight-training machines. Each member is given full training in how to operate the equipment, and there is always a trainer on duty to offer help and advice. Although we do have adult-only times after 6 and at certain times at weekends, children are well catered for. Older children continue to benefit from a wide range of tuition: anything from trampolining to yoga.
Note: Did you notice any new or useful vocabulary?
Practice IELTS listening exercises more and more to improve your listening skills. On the real test, you will hear the recording only once and listening questions get increasingly difficult.
Practising different types of IELTS Listening questions separately will help you to develop specific techniques for that kind of questions, and therefore get a higher IELTS Score on Listening test.
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