This skill tests your ability to communicate effectively not just your grammatical accuracy.
- Just answer the question.
- Develop your answers as much as possible.
- Speak more than the examiner.
- Ask for clarification if necessary.
Remember it is not a test of knowledge and there is no single answer, but ensure that you give your opinion. Donít worry if you feel it is not sophisticated enough.
- The areas covered are fairly predictable and not infinite so practise at home recording ideas onto a tape recorder.
About the IELTS Listening test-now taken after Writing & Reading in Australia.
ē You will listen to 4 different recordings and answer 40 questions.
ē The test takes approximately 30 minutes.
ē You will have an additional ten minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet
ē You only hear the audio once.
ē A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is use.
ē You will hear conversations and monologues, with topics ranging from the everyday social to the academic.
ē A variety of question types are used, including multiple choice, form completion, note completion, summary completion, sentence completion, and short-answer questions.
ē Candidates for IELTS Academic and General both do the same Listening test.
ē Read the instructions and questions carefully before you listen. Mark key words.
ē Try to get an idea of the situation.
ē Who are the speakers?
ē Where are they?
ē Why are they speaking?
ē Remember, you will only hear the audio once.
ē You will need to read, write and listen all at the same time.
Listen for 'signpost words' such as however, although and finally.
They help you to anticipate what the speaker will say.
IELTS Reading Skill Page : Leave a question if you canít answer.
- To spend a long time on one answer is disastrous.
Go back later if you have time and guess if you have to.
- Donít panic if you donít know anything about the passage. All the answers are in the passage and you donít need any specialist knowledge.
Remember you have no extra time to transfer your answers, many candidates think because they have extra time in listening they are able to do this in reading too. You canít.
Before the exam read as widely as possible e.g.
- Newspapers,magazines, journals.
- Donít limit yourself to one type of text and read articles with an academic style where possible.
- Look at ways paragraphs are organised.
- Try and predict content of paragraph from the opening sentence.
- Give a paragraph you read an imaginary heading.
- Donít concentrate on words you donít know. It is fatal and wastes valuable time.
- Careless mistakes cost many marks. Cross those "t's" : Dot those "i's".
- Copy the answer correctly if it is in the passage.
Only give one answer if that is all thatís needed.
- Be careful with singular/plural.