In the IELTS listening test a neat trick is to use the breaks well.
The test guidelines advise you:
“You will be given time to read through the questions before you listen. You will hear each recording of the Listening test only once. As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet in pencil.” Source IDP British Council
Tip 1: Use extra time wisely.
When you are familiar with these instructions, you can use the additional time focusing on the the first exercise.
Tip 2: Understand the main topic and make some guesses
With time given before each section, be sure to get the gist of what the speaker(s) will be talking about. Here’s some steps you can take before each listening section begins:
- Scan and read information to understand the main topic
- Make guesses of what kind of answers are expected. For example, ask yourself if you need to listen for a telephone number, a name of a person, title of a book, a price.
- Also determine what grammatical structure the missing information will be, ie. a verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb or prepositional phrase
Tip 4: Be careful! You will only hear each section once.
Tip 5: Check your answers and don’t forget spelling counts.
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