Tips & Strategies
Familiarize yourself with the format of the test: Listening has 4 sections.
Section-1: Conversation: Tasks-Complete a form, complete a table, choose answers from the list.
Section-2: Talk: Tasks- Complete the sentences, label a diagram, map or plan and give short answers.
Section-3: Discussion: Tasks- Choose answers from multiple choices, label a diagram, match words and phrases.
Section-4: Talk or Lecture: Tasks- Classify words or statements, complete notes, complete flowcharts.
Familiarize yourself with different accents: Listen to a variety of accents from different English-speaking countries, such as Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US, to improve your ability to understand different accents.
Read the instructions: Read the instructions carefully and make a note of how many words can be used to write your answer.
Identify the keywords: Listen carefully and identify the keywords that relate to the questions being asked. These keywords could be nouns, verbs, or adjectives, and they could be related to people, places, dates, times, numbers, or any other relevant information.
Listen for answers: Focus on listening for answers rather than trying to understand everything.
Practice active listening: Pay close attention to the questions and instructions given in the listening test. Be prepared to listen for specific information, such as dates, names, and numbers.
Use the provided time to read the questions: Use the time given before each section to read the questions and prepare your mind for what you’ll be listening for.
Predict answers: Try to predict answers to the questions before you hear the audio. This will help you stay focused and identify the answers more quickly.
Don’t leave any questions unanswered: Even if you’re not sure of the answer, make an educated guess. You won’t lose points for incorrect answers, but you could gain points for correct ones.
Practice with past papers: Practice listening to past IELTS listening tests to get a better understanding of the format, types of questions, and level of difficulty.
Understand the question types: There are different types of questions in the IELTS listening test, such as multiple-choice, matching, sentence completion, and note completion. Make sure you understand the requirements of each question type and practice answering them.
Use context clues: Even if you miss a word or two, you can use context clues to fill in the gaps and understand the overall meaning. Pay attention to the tone, intonation, and stress of the speaker to help you understand the context.
Take notes: You will be given some time to read the questions before each section of the test. Use this time to write down any key information or keywords that you think may be relevant to the questions. During the recording, take notes on important details that may help you answer the questions accurately.
Transfer the answers properly and accurately. Utilize the given time to transfer the answers on the sheet. Make sure that the spellings and grammar are correct.