Ielts passage 3 multiple choice

Today we are going to look at IELTS reading multiple choice, a difficult task with a lot of pre-thinking and mental preparation involved. The topic is ‘work’ so is an interesting ‘universal topic’. The heading is ‘The future of work’ so try and think and brainstorm your ideas on this topic. What will the future of work be? How will people work and how will technology enable this? Will there be different types of work and which will dominate?

First of all:

Here are the answers to the paragraph headings, passage 2 exercise from last week.

14 iv

15 vii

16 ii

17 v

18 i

19 viii

20 vi

These are the the other answers too if you completed the whole task 🙂

22 priests

23 trench

24 location

25&26 IN EITHER ORDER

B, D

Multiple choice

Here are some tips for multiple choice questions:

 Multiple Choice 

1. Question goes in ORDER 
2. Read through questions and spot easiest to do first. 
3. Underline key words in questions 
4. Scan and find matching sentence(s) to your 1st easiest question. 
5. Note: sometimes for MC can use 2 sentences from passage 
6. Find the language in the passage sentence(s) that matches the language of one of the answer choices. 
7. Write the answer. 

Now try 2,3,4 with the following questions. With no. 3 you should be looking for content words: adjectives, nouns and verbs.

Look at q.27: what do you expect with the words ‘kinds’, ‘extent’, ‘proportion’?
‘Kinds’ will give you a list, types of job.
‘Extent’ will tell how much sth changes (look for adverbs – ‘change dramatically/ minimally’)
‘Proportion’ will give you an amount (percentage maybe).
‘difference’ will give you a contrast (while x is ….., b is)

Do 5 – 10 percent of your work here and reading will become much easier!


Questions 27-30

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 27-30 on your answer sheet.
27      The first paragraph tells us about
A the kinds of jobs that will be most affected by the growth of Al.
B the extent to which Al will alter the nature of the work that people do.
C the proportion of the world’s labour force who will have jobs in Al in the future.
D the difference between ways that embodied and disembodied Al will impact on workers.

28      According to the second paragraph, what is Stella Pachidi’s view of the ‘knowledge economy’?

A It is having an influence on the number of jobs available.
B     It is changing people’s attitudes towards their occupations.
C     It is the main reason why the production sector is declining.
D It is a key factor driving current developments in the workplace.

29      What did Pachidi observe at the telecommunications company?
A staff disagreeing with the recommendations of Al
B staff feeling resentful about the intrusion of Al in their work
C      staff making sure that Al produces the results that they want
D     staff allowing Al to carry out tasks they ought to do themselves

30      In his recently published research, Ewan McGaughey
A challenges the idea that redundancy is a negative thing.
B shows the profound effect of mass unemployment on society.
C highlights some differences between past and future job losses.
D illustrates how changes in the job market can be successfully handled.

Here is some pre-reading vocabulary to check before the next lesson:

consultancy
workforce
adapt
evolve
automation
embodied
artificial
disruptive
disembodied
smartphones
algorithmication
so-called
undertake
judgement
analysing
outperform
organisations
enhance
productivity
enhancements
cognitive
asks
peripheral
participation
novice
influences
monitored
telecommunications
telecoms
salespeople
frequent
clients
algorithm
defined
external
keeper
short-sighted
creep
whereby
algorithm’s
explorations
experimentation
instinct
discouraged
observed
scenarios
objective
trustworthy
transparent
meantime
dilemmas
expertise
occupational
economist
transitions
trajectory
full-time
envisages
multistage
retraining
losses
fallacy
assumes
robots
apocalyptic
misguided
restrict
advent
robotics
jobless
redundancies
redeployment
adds
seizing
improve
reprogramme
fairer
leisure
pre-empt
bold
astounding
humankind
subsistence
pronounced


ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.