The IELTS Listening is a 30-minute Test, comprising of 40 questions categorized into 4 sections to assess your spoken English skills. This time includes your reading and This is usually the first part of the IELTS test where is are required to listen to audio recordings and answer questions.
Tips to score well in your IELTS Listening Test:
- It is preferable that your write in CAPITAL LETTERS. Although, you can write all your answers in either upper or lower case or a combination of both (using capital letters at the beginning of proper nouns). However, maintaining consistency in your writing style is key to scoring high.
- Punctuation is not taken into account when marking reading papers, so your score will not be affected by your use of capital letters.
- IELTS Listening Test questions come in order. Therefore, the audio recording will provide you with the answer to Question 1 first, before you hear the answer to Question 2, and so on.
- While you are listening to the audio recording, write down answers on the question paper first and then transfer them to the answer sheet (you will be given time to transfer your responses).
- Keep your answers concise and to the point. For example, if a question asks you to complete the note ‘in the _____’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’, make sure you write your answer as ‘morning’ because ‘in the morning’ will be incorrect and lead to a deduction in marks.
- Listen to the passage carefully and not get distracted as it may cause you missing out on important information (Remember, you can listen to the audio recording only once!).
- Use Your Prior Knowledge then you can use your prior knowledge to predict the words. Prior knowledge refers to your own knowledge and life experience. Most situations in IELTS listening section one are familiar to students.
Many language experts agree about one key rule. Thinking in a specific language helps you learn that language. Many students of English often try and translate everything in their heads. Translating has two main problems. First, it is slower. Second, you remember your language and forget the English. On the listening exam you won’t have time to translate. Also, you’ll have to remember key English words. So, when you’re practicing English… think in English!