Multiple choice questions or MCQs are one of the most difficult question types in IELTS Listening. The reason MCQs are so tough is that the options given to us as answer choices are so similar. Moreover, all the choices given to us will also be mentioned in the recording. So, it is by creating confusion that MCQs often beat us in the IELTS Listening.
So, what is the solution? We have already seen that all the answer choices are similar in MCQs, so we have to carefully analyse and differentiate the choices from one another. One technique used to eliminate the wrong answer choices is to eliminate the choices that are not mentioned in the tape, however since all the answer choices that are given in the IELTS listening question booklet are normally mentioned in recordings, we will not be in position to eliminate the choices that are not given in the tape.
The best technique that we can rely on is to commit late on the choices. Most often the right choices are placed towards the end of the recording. So before committing too early on any choices wait for all the choices to be spelt out and then carefully place our bet.