Listening Test Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

In this part of our test we have a multiple choice question type. 

If you have not done the previous test questions, follow the links below:

Listening Section 1 Part 1
Listening Section 1 Part 2
Listening Section 2 Part 1​

Multiple Choice

​This type of question requires you to complete a sentence by choosing one of a number of options. Use our tips to help you answer the listening test questions below.
IELTSTutors Tips

  1. You have time to read the questions before you listen. Use this time wisely. Check the stems of the questions/statements. This will give you an idea of the topic of the talk.
  2. Don’t select the answer based on what you know or on your opinion. Select you answer based on what the speaker on the recording says.
  3. After you have selected an answer, keep listening, the speaker may change their mind or correct themselves. This is often used as a way of tricking candidates in the test. Be Aware of this trick!
  4. Don’t select an answer just because you hear a word or phrase from it. The meaning is more important than the vocabulary which is used. Using the same vocabulary as a wrong multiple choice option is another trick to be aware of during the listening test.
  5. If you don’t hear an answer, at the end of the section delete the answer options which are logically incorrect and then guess from the options which are left. 

Let’s use these tips on the next question set. Good luck!

Questions 18 – 20

Choose the correct answer A-C

18. If you want to set up your own club or society,
A) your friends will support you.
B) find a group of like-minded people to support you.
C) it will certainly be difficult to find support.
19. It is useful to think of your club
A) as a company.
B) as a group of friends.
C) as not too important.
20. The most difficult thing about setting up a club is
A) increasing the amount of money that the club makes.
B) being taken seriously.
C) gaining members at the start.

Unsure about the answers? Read our answer guide below to help.

Question 18

Understanding of the meaning of phrases is very important is this question type. We can see that from the very first question:

​In the audio recording we hear ‘it is necessary to find people with an interest in whatever type of club you want to set up’. Like-minded people matches with the description of people with a similar interest. The words used are different but the meaning is the same!
Answer A is a trick. Friends are mentioned in the recording but the speaker doesn’t say that they WILL support you. You must listen carefully for words that show how certain the speaker is. Words such as will/may/might/won’t are useful for this.
Answer C is incorrect as the speaker mentions that it MAY be hard to find support (not will be hard).  Again, words that show how certain the speaker is help us to get the correct answer.

Question 19

The speaker states ‘It is a good idea to treat the society as a business’. Business and company are synonyms. 

Question 20

We hear ‘Of the many issues and problems such as drumming up funds and dealing with problem members, the most common and arguably most significant for new societies is initially increasing membership’.
​The most significant refers to the most difficult thing. Increasing membership and gaining members are synonyms. 

We hope today’s free lesson was useful. Listen to the recording again and read the tapescript below for further practice. Write down and repeat any interesting vocabulary and sentence forms. 

The Complete Tapescript

The vast majority of clubs are for fairly regular areas of interest such as sports, academic subjects and music. However, there are a lot of niche clubs such as the fantasy game society who dress up as characters from their favourite fantasy novels and act out stories or the Jane Austen book club, which through the year, read and discuss the books of the famous English author whilst dressed in period costume.
You may find that you attend the club fair and that you don’t find a club or society which you wish to join. You may feel that you want to set up your own club. This could also happen later in the academic year if you develop a new interest or realize you want to pursue an old interest with new people, so what can you do in this situation?
Well, the most important thing to do is to set up the group as fast as possible, there is some time consuming paperwork to go through at the beginning. It takes around 2 weeks to do the paperwork and get permission for your group. Of course, it is necessary to find people with an interest in whatever type of club you want to set up. Advertise with posters at the student union bar and tell all your friends about the society. Ask them to tell their friends and in no time you’ll find at least a few people who are into whatever your niche is and you’re certain to make a few knew friends along the way. Even if you struggle to find people, keep persevering and people will slowly start joining. Don’t lose heart if it’s difficult to start with!
It is a serious affair running your own club since there is a fair amount of responsibility that you will have, and initially you will have to take care of everything. It is a good idea to treat the society as a business, appoint a treasurer and a manager who can organize the members. Many societies fail as the people running them don’t treat them as important and fail to organize members effectively. Don’t do all the work yourself as it could lead to stress and it’ll take up all your time. Be strict but friendly with members so that people don’t take advantage of you, remember the aim is to pursue an interest of some sort and so meet ups should always be fun and friendly.
There may be problems that you face with the society but if you appoint motivated people to key positions you’re likely to be successful overcoming the issues. The student union offers advice and support to all societies so if you have a serious problem then make an appointment to meet the clubs and societies manager for professional help. Of the many issues and problems such as drumming up funds and dealing with problem members, the most common and arguably most significant for new societies is initially increasing membership but perseverance should overcome this and marketing will attract people.
If you are keen to set up your own society, please check the union website on how to do so.