IELTS listening basics and tips

The Academic and General Training IELTS exams are identical in terms of content, format, level of difficulty, and scoring. For both versions, the Listening Test is the same.
Exam time: 30 minutes

Test format

Before moving on to the questions, you must first listen to all four recordings (conversations and monologues). In the recordings of native English speakers, a variety of accents are used. You may only listen to each recording once, so keep that in mind.
In the first recording, you may hear a conversation that takes place in a real-world environment. In the second recording, you can hear a speech about everyday life or a social situation. For instance, a talk about the condition of the streets in the area • In the third tape, you'll hear a conversation involving more than two people that is taking place in a training or instructional setting. Using a teacher chatting to students about an assignment as an example, recording 4 contains a monologue on any academic subject. Take a look at a university lecture.

Tips for IELTS listening

1. Prior to the start of any part's recording, carefully review all the questions. Finding the solutions and following the recordings will be simpler as a result. Read the questions for the subsequent section as soon as one is finished.
2. Occasionally, there can be a list of options to choose from. The answers might be listed alphabetically rather than having to be delivered in the same sequence that you hear them.
3. It is important to observe the word counts for each section. Don't stray from specific instructions, such "Write no more than two words." You run the risk of not being given credit for the attempted solution if you write more than is permitted.
4. Pay great attention and search for any significant terms or synonyms in the question (words that have the same or almost the same meaning as another term). This may help in locating the answer. For instance, your response sheet or computer screen might read, "She is an active person," if the audio states, "She enjoys playing tennis and going to the gym."
5. In order to type down words that are shouted out loud in a question, you must be quite familiar with the English alphabets and how they are pronounced. The letter "W," for instance, is pronounced "double-u."
6. Keep an eye out for words that indicate where in the tape you are, such as "firstly," "my next
point," and "to wrap up." It is simpler to determine which question you have answered thanks
to these terms.
7. As you listen to a tape, keep erasing the possibilities that don't fit. It makes choosing the best
option easier.
8. Keep in mind that there are various acceptable ways to mention dates in any response (e.g.
April 24, 24th April and 24 April - all are correct).
9. Ignore a question if you are having trouble answering it and continue. Avoid wasting time on it
and getting stressed out as a result. If you still have time, come back to it.
10. If you are taking the IELTS exam on paper, you have 10 minutes after the final recording to transfer your answers from the Listening booklet to your answer sheet. It is best to wait until the recordings are complete before transferring the answers to the answer sheet (rather than in between sections) in order to prevent missing any important information on the test's following section. Note that if you are taking the IELTS on a computer, you do not have the additional 10-minute transfer time. You can also download a variety of other crucial official IDP Education IELTS study resources from our website to improve your preparation.


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