How to answer Multiple Choice Questions in PTE Academic

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READING: Multiple choice, choose single answer

  1. The prompt for this item type may be a question or a sentence that you have to complete.
  2. Whatever type of prompt you get, read it carefully because it will tell you what information you need to find in the text. If you focus on the keywords in the prompt, you will locate the answer more quickly and spend less time reading the book.
  3. Use your knowledge to decide whether any of the responses are unlikely to be correct, or likely to be correct. You can do this before you read the text.
  4. If you read the book but cannot answer the question, choose the option that you think is most likely to be correct. This strategy also applies to multiple-choice questions with more than one answer.

READING: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

  1. Remember that more than one option is correct in this type of multiple-choice item. You will score marks for any right options, but you will lose score points for any incorrect options. These include options that you have clicked on as correct but which are wrong and options that are correct but that you have not clicked on.
  2. If you click on all the options, because you do not know the answer, you will lose score points. This applies to Multiple choices, choose multiple answers item types for reading and listening.
  3. Quickly read through the response options and note any words that are repeated, particularly adjectives or nouns. If the same noun phrase occurs in a lot of the options, the answer is probably related to this phrase.  Scan the text for the repeated words. Then read around them to find the answer more quickly.

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Multiple Choice Questions: Single Right Answer

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