IELTS SERIES: The listening section
You must first listen to four recordings before responding to the questions. The recordings feature native English speakers with a range of accents. Remember that you can only listen to each recording once.
Recording 1: You will hear a conversation set in a real-life setting.
Recording 2: You’ll hear a speech on everyday life or a social situation. For example, a discussion on the state of the streets in a given area.
Recording 3: You’ll hear a discussion between more than two persons in a training or instructional setting. A teacher, for example, may be discussing an assignment with students.
Recording 4: You’ll hear a monologue about any academic topic. Take, for example, a college lecture.
Some helpful tips for your listening test. Have a look!
- Improve your listening abilities in general.
The purpose of the IELTS Listening part is to assess your ability to listen. Don’t rely on practice tests to raise your score: they’re insufficient! They will assist you in becoming comfortable with the test, but they will not significantly improve your listening skills. Doing various listening exercises, listening to general listening materials (radio broadcasts, TV shows, documental programmes, etc.) and then doing IELTS Listening practice exams is far more successful.
- Types of words
Skip over the questions and determine which type of word best fits in each void. Is it a noun, a verb, an adverb, or adverbial phrase? Fill in the blanks with ‘N’ for noun, ‘V’ for verb, and so on. This will aid your listening comprehension by allowing you to concentrate on the precise word forms.
- Don’t let your guard down.
Keep in mind that you’ll only hear the audio once. So don’t worry if you didn’t hear certain words or missed some questions! Leave them blank so you may concentrate on the actual part. If you don’t go over those questions at the end of the part, you’ll only miss more questions and become tangled up in the recording. At the same time, you’ll have to read, write, and listen.
- Improve your vocabulary on the subject.
Almost typically, Section 3 is about education. For instance, pupils and a tutor discussing an assignment. Learn as much vocabulary as you can concerning university studies. You will gain a better understanding of this section if you do so.
- Keep an eye out for words-indicators.
Listen for terms like however, but, then, and finally as hints. They assist you in anticipating the speaker’s next words.
- Answers should be accurately transferred.
You will have 10 minutes after the listening test to enter your answers. And it’s not uncommon for kids to be perplexed by the numeration! Check that your answers fit into the correct numbered space as you write them down.
- Look for any blunders.
You have 30 seconds after each section to double-check your answers. Spelling, plurals, and word forms must all be double-checked. Keep in mind that only responses that are written correctly will earn you points.
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