IELTS listening is same for both Academic IELTS and General training IELTS category. it has four sections (two monologues and two conversations). IELTS listening test always consists of 40 questions carrying 1 mark each and last around 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes extra time for transferring your answer to the answer sheet).
English language assessment experts recommend test takers to participate in IELTS listening practice before appearing the IELTS examination. The IELTS practice test provide similar user experience as the real time IELTS exams to the test takers
However, an approach with better strategy and proper research on the guidelines to be followed always results in higher score bands. Follow the below listed tips thoroughly.
IELTS Listening Tips –
- Practicing listening to both monologues (one person speaking) or conversation happening between two or more than two people so as to prepare yourself better. Practice from the free IELTS listening study material to get a better band score.
- Before each recording is played, you will be provided some time to read the questions, make sure you hear it carefully as it is played only once.
- Write your answers on the question sheet and transfer them at the end of listening module to the answer sheet. Make sure you utilize the extra 10 minutes for transferring the answer, to the answer sheet. Now is the time to check for spelling mistakes. Do not leave answer sheet incomplete since there is no negative marking on wrong answers, all question should be attempted.
- Listen carefully for the keyword from the questions and focus on what you need to be listening out for.
- Do not write answers quickly, as some tricky recordings are played where the test taker seems to have found the correct answer but the recording is later corrected.
- Do not waste your time if you miss a question, clinging on to that might lead you to miss the answer to the next question. Always stick to strategy of getting easy question correct first before the difficult ones.
- Write your answers on the answer sheet using a pencil only. The same goes for IELTS reading test.
- You are free to write your answers using capital or lowercase letters. However, capital letters are a preference.
- Always check the number of words you have for your answer. As each time the question type changes, the number of words for the answer can change too. Always follow the instructions if you can have a number or numbers in the question. The same goes for letters or words.
- Do not forget to compare your transferred answers with the answers you wrote in the question paper. If you lose focus you might end up writing the wrong answer.
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