IELTS Listening Test Advice

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From the IETLS website:

Make the most of your Listening test:

  • if you cannot hear the audio clearly, let a member of staff know straightaway
  • follow the instructions carefully; they may be different to practice or previous tests
  • listen for the specific information you want
  • try and anticipate what the speaker will say; this will require concentration
  • do not worry if there is a word you do not understand; you may not need to use it
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • be careful with your spelling and grammar
  • do not panic if you think the topic is too difficult or the speaker is too fast; relax and tune in
  • read, write and listen at the same time
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in completion type questions
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be incorrect
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’, note that ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect; the correct answer is ‘morning’
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers
  • check your answers

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