Tips for Listening Exam
Tips for listening part
The IELTS listening part is RELATIVELY easy but this does not mean that you take it lightly and do not prepare for it.
1.The questions are in SETS and you hear tape recording for one set at a time.
2. Glance through the SET of questions for which you will be hearing the tape.
3.Read the questions & find out what SPECIFIC information is required (name, place, date, number etc)
4. Circle key words (Clue/trigger words)
5. When the tape plays listen intently when you think your
specific information will come.
1. Kevin is arriving London at __________
2. Dave will be waiting for Kevin at __________
3. Kevin will be wearing a ___________
4. Dave will be accompanied by ______________
5. Kevin is coming for______________
It is obvious from above that the key word for 1 is at & you will be writing TIME.
In 2 you will write a PLACE. In 3 CLOTHES, in 4 PERSON ACCOMPANYING DAVE & in 5 PURPOSE of visit. So you have already guessed what to listen for!
Listen to English program on RADIO at least half an hour a day. Two things are important; RADIO not TV, because TV is visual & scenes & visuals easily distract us. The next
important thing is LISTEN & not just hear!
IELTS – Tips for the Listening test
Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
Read the How to prepare for IELTS – Listening test manual at the Hong Kong City University site to familiarize yourself with the test, the types of questions that are asked and strategies for answering them. To get an idea of how this kind of test is conducted, you can try doing the practice tests at Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab . The accent is American so it does not approximate the actual test very well. Still, it is useful practice for this type of test.
Practise doing the 4 listening tests in the book — Cambridge IELTS 3. It helps a lot. It is the closest you can get to the actual test. At the center where I did the test, each of us was given cordless headphones to listen to the recording. This feels very different from
listening to the conversation over speakers. Check with the British Council at the time of registering for IELTS if these will be used for your test. If yes, it might be a good idea to do the practice tests at home using headphones.
Keep all your attention focused for the half hour or so that the test lasts. A lapse of concentration can make you lose the sequence of answers and panic sets in fast.
The test consists of four sections. Sections 1 and 3 are dialogues and sections 2 and 4 are monologues. There are 40 questions to be answered and the test lasts for 30 minutes. Ten minutes are provided at the end of the test to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
Pay special attention to the dialogues sections (Sections 1 and 3). I found it more difficult to focus on these and the conversation tends to be faster than a monologue (Sections 2 and 4).
At the beginning of each section of the recording, time is provided to read the questions. Use this time to read the questions pertaining to that section (the voice on the tape tells you how many questions to read ) and underline key words in each question on the question booklet like “when”, “where”, “who” and “what” which tell you what to listen for. Time is also provided at the end of each section to check your answers. Use this time
also to read the questions for the next section.
Read the questions carefully. If the question says mark the answer as A, B, C or D on the answer sheet, make sure you don’t write the phrase that A, B, C or D correspond to. Just write A, B, C or D. If the question specifies that you must not use more than three words in your answer, writing 4 words will get you no marks for that question. IELTS tips listening IELTS help all about exam help now
The answers usually appear in the conversation in the same order as the questions. The speakers often correct themselves. They will say something initially and then change the statement. For example, “we will go in March” is said first and then “No, let’s make it May”. The correct answer is the final statement i,e. May and not March. Watch out for this and make sure you write the final correct answer. If you miss an answer, don’t panic. Keep listening for the next answer. Write your answer immediately on the question sheet itself. Don’t try to memorize the answers or to write on the answer sheet. The ten minutes
provided at the end of the test are quite sufficient to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
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