Tips for IELTS Listening Test

In the listening part of IELTS test, four recordings are played. You have to listen to them and answer the given questions for each recording. Time allowed for this module is 30 minutes.

Recording 1: conversation between two individuals on topics of routine activities
Recording 2: monologue e.g. a documentary or a speech
Recording 3: conversation among three or four individuals e.g. family members discussing an issue.
Recording 4: monologue on academic topic e.g. teacher delivering a lecture

   Tips for IELTS Listening tests:

Here are the tips to score high in the listening part of IELTS.

  1. The recording is played only once. Be attentive to grasp each information shared in the recording.
  2. The recording shares information according to the order of questions given in the question books. You have to attempt the questions moving on with the recording.
  3. Listening test requires multi-tasking skills. You must be able to listen to recording carefully as well as focus on the question at the same time.
  4. Write your answer as short as possible to save your time.
  5. You answers having spelling mistake will not receive marks. Hence, try to write correct spelling.
  6. If you have to write a ‘word’ as listened in the recording, which is basically a particular noun such as names of month or day (e.g. January, Monday), write the first letter of the word in capital.
  7. If a question has options i.e. A, B, C, D. Write just the letter of answer (i.e. A, or B or C) in the answer-sheet, rather than writing the whole text of the option.
  8. Give attention to key information spoken in the recording such as terminologies, dates, times and name of a person. Such information are mostly asked in the question.
  9. If you couldn’t listen to information relating a question properly, just stop thinking about it because the recording goes on sharing information for the next question. If you start thinking what was said in the recording about one question, you will miss listening to information for the next questions. Keep going with recording.
  10. The recording includes narrations having different types of accent. Be attentive to grasp each information correctly.
  11. Some questions may point to the information shared in the recording indirectly. Their answer may not be directly present in the recording. You have to predict or assume on the basis of a relevant information, shared in the recording, to answer such questions.
  12. You will be given a few minutes in the end to transfer your answer into the answer-book. Check you answer speedily. Make corrections and add missing information, if any.

   Guidelines for preparation for Reading test

  1. Listen to English news during your preparation days. News include standard version of English. It helps a lot in improving your listening skills.
  2. Listen to documentaries. Some recordings are the audios of documentaries. The documentaries use a wide range of vocabulary and a formal style speaking. Try to listen to them attentively. Take a pencil and a paper. Note down the key information shared in the documentaries. It will enhance your power of grasping information from played audios.
  3. Watch English movies. They offer a broad range of conversation among the characters. It will familiarize you with nature of English conversation. You will come to know how words are pronounced in informal setups.
  4. Listen to English audios having different types of accents. Some accents may be difficult for you to understand. 

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