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IELTS LISTENING TIPS
To help you in your IELTS preparation, here are some tips for the listening test.
TIP #1 Take care with spelling. If you spell a word incorrectly, it will be marked as incorrect.
TIP #2 Similarly, take care with word endings: if the correct answer is “cats” and you write “cat”, your answer
will be marked as incorrect.
TIP #3 Beware of distractors – this is information put into the recording that is similar to the answer, but is not
the answer. For example, if you are listening for someone’s date of birth, you might hear a date, but might be for
TIP #4 You will be given some time to read the questions before each recording is played. Read the questions very
carefully as you will hear each recording only once, so you want to be familiar with the questions before you hear
TIP #5 Write down your answers while you listen – you will need to write and listen at the same time.
TIP #6 Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything you hear. Listen out for the keywords from the questions and
focus on what you need to be listening out for.
TIP #7 If you miss a question, don’t dwell on it because you may miss the answer to the next one. So, if you miss
one, move on.
Tip #8: Make sure you follow the word count in the instructions of each question. For example, if the instructions
say “write no more than one word” and you write “the train” instead of “train”, your answer will be marked as
NOTE: In the IELTS exam, you will have 10 minutes to copy your answers to the official IELTS listening test answer