IELTS Reading Practice: Multiple Choice Exercise

Before answering the IELTS multiple choice reading exercise questions, read through the passage and then prepare paraphrases for the multiple choice options.

Having an Ear for Music

It brings new meaning to having an ear for music. Musical aptitude may be partly down to genes that determine the architecture of the inner ear.
We perceive sound after vibrations in the inner ear are detected by “hair cells” and transmitted to the brain as electrical signals. There, the inferior colliculus integrates the signals with other sensory information before passing it on to other parts of the brain for processing.

Questions 1 – 2. Choose the correct letter, A-C.

1. What does ‘having an ear for music’ mean according to the passage?

a) a person enjoys listening to music
b) a person has an ability and predisposition for music
c) a person has special hearing

2. Sound is perceived when vibrations are sent to the brain in the form of ……………..

a) hair cells
b) electrical signals
c) sensations



Click below to reveal the answers.

1 = b (aptitude means an ability or predisposition for something)

2 = b (this answer is testing your grammar as well as vocab – to be transmitted as = sent in the form of)

All reading exercises on have been written by myself to help you prepare for your IELTS test.   


Vocab Builder
  • aptitude = skill / ability / capacity
  • to determine = decide / conclude / establish
  • perceive = notice / observe
  • vibrations = sensations
  • integrate = combine / amalgamate / put together


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  1. madam like this level will be askd in exam ?????

    • These are practice lessons only. To get used to real tests, you need to get the IELTS Cambridge tests books which contain real tests published by IELTS for you to use at home.

  2. Deepak Mourya says

    2/2 i got

  3. i got 2/2

  4. 1/2

  5. 2/2

  6. Liz, Really thanks for your outstanding help

  7. Chakra bohara says

    wow i got

  8. 2/2

  9. Venkatesh says

    Hi Liz ,
    I have been following your material for the last 15 days and found very useful . But it has very limited number of excercises , Can you please send me more…

  10. Dear Liz.
    Thanks a lots for profound support.
    Best regard

  11. Thanks mam, liz, are you help in ielts to me

  12. teresita masangcay says

    I got 2/2. I found the questions slightly easy xx

  13. I got 1/2. Its is difficult to get the right answer.

  14. Hey quang, I doubt whether you are vietnamese or not.
    I’m vietnamese,
    AND it’s nice to meet you, by the way.

  15. hello, i have a problem with first question. can u describe me why the correct answer is b?

  16. Hello,

    I would also add that “down to the genes” matches having “predisposition”.

    Thanks and best regards

  17. Hi Liz, when we click on War on Smoking: Sentence Completion, it bring us to this page, An Ear for Music: Multiple Choice. I believe this is what quang (from the previous comment) was trying to say.

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