IELTS Listening Preparation
Proper IELTS listening preparation means being aware of the
following information. After all, many students find the IELTS Listening Test quite difficult.
With the right amount of practice and a good amount of useful instruction, you will
be able to make the IELTS Listening Test one of your exam strengths... not weaknesses.
To begin your IELTS listening preparation let's start with the
First, the test itself. You will hear a recorded cassette
once only. There are four sections presented in order of increasing
There are 40
questions of various types and 10 questions per section.
Section one is in
the form of a dialogue, (two or mor people speaking) while section
two is usually a monologue. (one person speaking) Sections
three and four are focussed on education and/or training. There is a lecture and a discussion
with a small group of people in an educational setting.
Write your answers
in the question booklet as you listen. You are given ten minutes to check and copy your answers onto the
answer sheet at the end.
There is 60
seconds between questions which you need to use wisely. We strongly suggest our students use all 60 seconds
to read the next
Don't waste time
checking your answers during the test. There is time for that at the end. It's important to read ahead as
much as you can. This will allow you to listen for specific information to answer the questions - instead of
trying to read and listen at the same time.
previous paragraph because that one bit of advice is worth a few extra points on your listening
One area where
students fail in their IELTS listening preparation is in the 'art' of note taking. Often, they record the
wrong information or don't record any information at all. This skill needs to be developed if you intend to
do well on the IELTS Listening Test.
For more ielts listening preparation click on
the preceding link. You will go to a page which contains valuable information on note taking for your IELTS