IELTS Listening - Top10 Tips

IELTS Listening - 10 Tips

You sometimes hear peopel saying that all you have do with the listening paper in IELTS is to practice: that there aren’t any particular skills to learn. It is not true. You need much more than just  listening practice. You need to learn the very definite ways in which to practice. Here are a few of my suggestions.

1. Read before listening - predict the response

One of the difficulties in the examination is that you are not listening, but reading the question and answer in writing, all at the same time. A simple advice is to read the questions before listening so that you know what you are listening. It is a difficult skill to master, but sometimes it can help try to predict the kind of response you are looking for: a name, for example, or a number?

2. Read as you listen - focus on the issue

A large proportion of errors are made because they have not listened well, but they do not focus on the issue. As you're listening, focus on the precise wording of the question.

3. See 2 questions at a time

One difficulty is that the answers to questions 2 often come quickly one after another. Can you get these answers? Maybe, maybe not: but the only way you can, if you are also ready for the next question.
I would add that this is no problem getting a question wrong, the real problem is that if you lose track of where you are listening and keep listening to Question 13 while the cassette has shifted to question 15.

4. Do not stop writing until the end

Sometimes, candidates leave the writing to the end, thinking that they will remember what they heard. In my cases, it almost never works: there are a lot of information, you are under stress, and most importantly, after each listening, you must move on to the next set of questions for reading them.

5. Practice your shorthand

You do not have to write everything down: you have 10 minutes at the end to transfer the answers on the answer sheet. So you need to do is learn to write well enough for you to recognize as you are listening to what you can write out in full later. The only exception to this is in part 1 with numbers and names where you have to write everything in full, as is listening - that is the challenge.

6. The numbers and names - Did you mean

In Part 1, which is almost always required to write the names and / or writedown numbers. This sounds easy, but in most cases, it can often go wrong.  and the problem is that if you have any error in spelling, you will lose the mark  Of course, you know the alphabet, but some letters may cause problems even for advanced students in particular:

J & G
A & E & I

My advice is to make an association that you can remember: these are mine, but I suggest you make your own:

J is for Jesus, but G is for God
How do you spell "why"? W-H-Y
A is for Apple
E is for elephant
I is for "I"

7. Do not type very fast response

Sometimes you hear what you think is the answer, but he will correct themselves or give slightly different information:
"Then I'll see you on the Wednesday afternoon"
"Sorry, I'm busy then. How about Thursday night?"
"Well, Thursday at 7 0'clock"

8. Do not leave any answers blank

There are 2 reasons for this. First, your answer may be correct, especially if it is a multiple choice question of style. Second, there is a danger if you leave a blank space to write the answers in the wrong boxes on the answer sheet and can be a disaster.

9. Listen repeated information

This does not always work, but sometimes words are repeated response: If you need to make a guess to choose the words you hear repeatedly, which could well be the answer.

10. Search for clues in the question

A common type of question is that of a box, in this type of question often find clues to the answer to look the other information in the table. In particular, see the titles of the rows and columns: if, for example, the title says "team" and that some boxes full "clips" and "board" that has a good track of what you should listen to.

Listing Practice:



 Do you know lyrics of all your favorite songs. Listening to  your favorite songs is another way to practice listening.