IELTS Listening Tips

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IELTS Listening Tips

  • You will need to multitask. This means you must be able to read the questions, listen for the answer and write down words all at the same time. You should practice doing this.
  • First of all, read the instruction carefully. For example, write no more than one word, if the correct answer is ‘car’ and your answer is ‘luxury car’ that is incorrect.
  • In every section, you have some time to read the questions and you can underline the keyword that can help you to finding the right answer.
  • Don’t worry if you not understand each word you hear. Listen the keyword from the questions that can help you to find the possible answer.
  • You should write your answers on the answer sheet using pencil not a pen. This is the same as the IELTS reading test.
  • If you miss any question, guess it. Fill something in the box instead of empty box, sometime guess may be right.
  • Always check your grammar and spelling. Any spelling or grammar mistake will be marked as wrong answer.
  • Attempt all the questions because there is no negative marking.
  • Write all the words in capital letter which help the examiner easier to read.
  • Check the number of words you can have for your answer. Each time the question type changes, the number of words for the answer might change too. Here is an example of instructions: “No more than two words and/or a number”. To learn exactly what these instructions mean, please watch the video lesson above.
  • How words and numbers are calculated:
    1. A date “1950” is considered one number.
    2. A large number “1,000,500” is considered one word. 
    3. A hyphenated word “part-time” is considered one word. 
    4. A compound noun which is not hyphenated “tennis shoe” is considered two words. 
  • “at the hospital” or “hospital”. Should you write the article and preposition? Your answer will depend on the type of question you have. If you are completing the sentence, for example:
    1. The best place to meet is ………. = the answer must be grammatically correct so you need “at the hospital”. 
       If the question is a note or form completion, such each 1) PLACE: ……
    2. = the answer can be just one word (with or without the article) “hospital” or “the hospital” (if two words are possible.
  • SPELLING!!! If your answer is spelled wrong, the answer is marked wrong. You must have the correct spelling to get a point and have the answer marked correct.
    1. Don’t worry about spelling while you are listening because you don’t have time to concentrate on spelling. You need to concentrate on listening to the recording and following the questions. 
    2. Check your spelling when you transfer your answers to the answer sheet. That is the time to check and make sure everything is correct.
  • At the end, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answer from the booklet to the answer sheet.

IELTS LISTENING TIPS

Listening Test Structure

  1. Listing test contains 40 questions and each question of 1 mark. Listening test module of 40 minutes and 30 minutes to do all the 40 questions and 10 minutes to transfer answer into answer sheet.
  2. It has 4 sections
  • Section 1: It has 10 questions and this is easiest section out of 4. In this section, there is telephonic conversation between two speakers, for example, booking a hotel room, submits a complaint etc.
  • Section 2: It also contains 10 questions and this section is more difficult than section 1. In this section, there is 1 speaker who guides you through map.
  • Section 3: It contains 10 questions and difficulty level is higher than second section. It has maximum of 4 speakers and discussion about education.
  • Section 4: This section has 1 speaker and academic stuff. It is most difficult section and also has 10 questions.
  1. Listening test has different types of questions
  • Multiple Choice questions
  • Flow chart
  • Table
  • Blanks
  • Diagram
IELTS Listening tips
IELTS Listening Tips

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