IELTS Reading: Multiple Choice

A short lesson for IELTS reading multiple choice questions. Read the passage below and then answer the questions. Both GT and academic students should try this exercise.

All About Rice

The first rice may have been grown in East and South Asia as long as 15,000 years ago, when people began to settle in river deltas and domesticated wild rice. Today it is grown practically everywhere, except Antarctica! Rice is grown on flooded land and on dry land, in tropical rain forests of Africa and in arid deserts of the Middle East, on coastal plains and on the Himalayan mountains.
In the year 2003, the world produced about 589 million tonnes of paddy rice. Most of that (about 534 million tones) was grown in Asia. In 2002, it is estimated that rice fields covered almost 1.5 million square km of land. Again, most of those fields are in Asia – around 1.3 million square km.

Questions 1 – 2

Choose the correct letter (a-c) for the following questions.

1. Where is rice grown?

a. everywhere
b. almost everywhere
c. mainly on flood lands and coastal plains

2. In 2002, rice fields covered about ……………

a) 1.5 million square miles of land.
b) 1.3 million square km of land in China.
c) 1.5 million square km of land in the world.

Answers (Click to open)


  1. hi liz, i hope you’re fine.

    i am planning to take the computer-delivered ielts exam next week. So while i was practicing for ielts reading in an online free exam, i noticed that when i click on the F3 button on my computer a search bar shows up where i can write any word and it will highlight where it is located in the webpage i am on. Will i be able to do this in the ielts reading exam?

  2. Thank you Liz for your lessons. I learnt an important lesson from this task. I chose “A” instead of “C” for the second question because I didn’t pay attention. I saw two 1.5 million and I just selected “A” because “C” has “World” in it and there’s nothing like that around the answer. I didn’t pay attention to the “km” and “miles”. It’s best to read ALL options carefully before choosing an answer.

  3. Anam ibrar says

    Hi Liz
    I have my IELTS test on 18 th of January .I am following your website for preparation. I am a bit confused regarding multiple choice answers for reading portion. For answers of such type of question I have to write full answer or just alphabet a,b or c.
    Thank you in advance

  4. Sneha Henry says

    Can’t thank u enough liz

  5. Shashi kiran says

    Hello Liz,
    Thank you so much for your free services. This is the best IELTS content and it is helping me to improve my confidence.

    I’ve learnt tips and practised reading questions which were posted by you in the reading section. Then I’ve given the academic practice test which is on the same page of readings section.

    I scored 32/40 under exam conditions. Could you please evaluate this result. I faced trouble while doing TFNG questions. Is this the general standard of authentic IELTS reading section or difficulty level varies. Please help.

    I’m having my IELTS exam on Dec 8. I’m preparing using the content on your site and practising questions using Cambridge IELTS. I’m bit worried about my speaking part. I’m an introvert kind of guy and facing trouble to gather my ideas while speaking about a topic. I’m using the technique that you have suggested in of the speaking video. Recording my answers and I hope that should build my confidence and perform well during the speaking task. Any suggestions on how to get rid of this shyness and cohesive speaking is really appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • The IELTS Cambridge Tests are real IELTS tests published by IELTS so that you know the real level of IELTS. You can see your score on this page: You need to be determined to succeed to get over low confidence or shyness. This is only 14 mins of your life – it isn’t long. If you prepare enough topics, you will have plenty to say. You need to be very fixed in your mind that you don’t care how the examiner behaves, you will be chatty, open and friendly. The speaking test is not about knowledge. It is mostly about your past memories (as a child, recently and as a young adult), your future hopes, your personal opinions and the opinions of other people in your country – so start preparing!!

  6. Thanks Liz.
    I got 2/2

  7. 2/2

  8. Ma. grace Ann Barrios says

    Number 2 is correct Liz. I get it now..thank u liz ❤️

  9. Thanks Liz for such an efforts

  10. sujit kumar biswas says

    What’s the different between “rice is grown and rice grows

  11. you are super teacher , thank u very much

  12. Hi Liz

    Why “C” is not the correct option for first question?

    Kindly clarify.

  13. hi liz,
    will u please send me the links of reading tips other than yes/no/ng.

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