Wednesday, 9 March 2016

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 Are you fed up with the foreign accent which echoes in your ear?
Are you a victim of  blank question paper with the headsets on, and making airplanes out of it in the end?


Listening module, in totality is a 40 minute section-  It consists of  40 questions (10 per section)  and lasts around 30 minutes.  10 minutes are provided to transfer the answers in the answer sheet.
The listening test consists of four separate sections, each more difficult than the last. In other words part one is the easiest and part four is the most difficult. Each part has a different theme or focus.
Listening is a progressive module. It means the level of questions will keep on increasing. In a more laconic way, part one is the easiest and part four is the most difficult. Each part has a different theme or focus.
Recording will be based on 2 types:
·         Conversation
·         Monologue
Section 1 – Conversation : It will be a conversation between two people and it is almost always someone making an appointment or making a booking of some kind (e.g. making a hotel reservation or hiring a car). The questions are normally gap-fill questions in which you have to listen to the information and complete a form or sentence.
Section 2- Monologue : There will be only 1 speaker here. you will hear someone talking by themselves about a non-academic subject (e.g. TV or radio presenter).
Section 3 – Conversation: It switches to an academic context and it will always be more than one person discussing something (e.g. an academic paper or assignment).
Section 4- Monologue : It  is normally an academic lecture and you will hear one person (normally the lecturer or professor) talking for an extended period of time.

·         The primary thing to be followed is read the instructions. If it is mentioned NO
MORE  THAN  3 WORDS , then you shouldn’t  write  more than that.

·         Be careful with your spelling. Lots of easy marks are thrown away because poor spellings. You should always pen down the words you find difficult  to spell. The best way is to record and learn more and more. Both US and UK spelling are  allowed in the listening test.
·         Be careful with capital letters. If your word is a Proper noun (someone’s name or a place), then it must have a  capital letter to be correct.
  • Make sure you don’t get trapped. IELTS listening tests will often try to trick you by giving you something that seems like the correct answer first and then changing this to something else later in the recording. For example, your questions might be ‘I would like to buy a _____ house.’ At the start of the recording the person might say they want a ‘big house’, but then change their minds and say they want a ‘small house’. If you wrote down the first option you would be wrong. So you need to be very attentive.
  • Lot of students like cleanliness. We recommend you not to do so. Write your answers and scribble as much as you can related to it on the question paper as you do the test. I know lots of students who don’t do this and try to remember all of the answers and then use their memory to fill out the answer sheet. You are under enough pressure without making it a memory test on top of everything else. Keep it simple and note down the answers as you go.
  • Practice your short hand if you are good at it. But only in the question Booklet .Short hand is when you write a shortened version of a word. For example, you might write aprox. for approximately or Ensh. for English. This will help you save time in the exam. Often two answers will come in a very short space of time, if you are busy writing a long word instead of listening, you might miss it. Shorthand is a very personal thing, so do whatever suits you.
  • You will be given a short break (normally around 30-40 seconds) before each section and in the middle of sections 1, 2 and 3. You should NOT use this time to check your answers from the previous section. You should look at the questions in the next section and try to understand the questions and predict the answers coming next. When you predict try to think about the context of the question. Can you guess the answer?
·         At the time of attempting multiple choice questions, don’t concentrate on the options available to you because partially he will speak about all the possible answers given to you. Read the question very carefully and then tick the right answer.
·         This test is done with a pencil. So bring a pencil and an eraser with you. Using an eraser is always an advantage to recorrect your answers.

·         Another advantage is that there is NO NEGATIVE MARKING. So make the most of it and donot leave any blank spaces.

·        At the end you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. When you are doing this make sure you are very careful with spelling and make sure your answers are correct grammatically.

I hope you found these IELTS listening tips useful and if you have any questions please let us know in the comments below.


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