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Top Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills

As everyone knows in an IELTS Listening test, you would have listen to a few audio scripts played by the examiner & candidate should answer the questions  to the answer sheet itself.

These audios are related to a conversation between two or more people.
Duration of the test is 40 Minutes.
You have a 30 minutes to answer the questions & another 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

There are 4 sections in the IELTS Listening test and the difficulty level of the test increases for each section. Each section has 10 questions, and so there are 40 questions in total. Each question carries 1 mark.

The listening tests will be of the same type for both Academic as well as General Training categories.

let’s see how you can master your IELTS LISTENING skills.

  1. Watch your spelling!
    Even if you heard the accurate answer but you misspell it, you will not get a mark.
    So we are suggesting you to watch your spelling again. You can refer commonly misspelled word list to find out what are the common misspell words.
  2. Learn to write while listening.
    Writing while listening is a skill that needs developing. If you have trouble with it, writing your answers at same time as listening to the recording will feel a lot harder. Find out early whether or not you can write while listening, and develop/improve that ability by listening to any kind of lecture or talk, and making notes at the same time.
  3. Read questions and try to predict answers.
    When you are given time at the beginning of every Listening section, go over the questions in that section, but don’t just read them – try to predict what kind of answer they require. It makes a big difference to your listening, when you know you are listening for a date, or a time, or a dish on the menu and so on.
  1. Develop unbreakable concentration.
    From the moment the Listening recording starts playing, don’t let your mind wander. A single thought that takes you away from the recording can lost you an answer. All your attention should be on the recording, and you need to actively shut down any other thoughts. This takes practice, but you can easily do that at home – just put on a Listening test recording and practice ignoring any distractions for the next 25-30 minutes. You’d be surprised how good you can become at blocking things out!
  1. Avoid getting stuck on a missed answer.
    If you followed suggestion #3 and predicted what kind of answer you’re listening for, you can recognize when the topic of conversation switches to another subject and realize you missed that answer. At that point in time, you need to move on, read the next question, predict the answer type and start listening for it, to avoid a chain reaction causing you to lose multiple answers. Your worst-case scenario here can be losing all the answers from the first one you missed and to the end of that section. But your best-case scenario can be losing just ONE answer, quickly recovering and saving the situation.
  1. Get familiar with accents commonly used in IELTS.
    IELTS Listening test recordings feature different accents: they use British, Canadian, American, Australian, New Zealand speakers, etc. You can’t afford to be in a situation where you are hearing one of these accents for the first time in your life during an actual IELTS exam, because the pronunciation of some words really differs from one accent to the other. You can and should expose yourself to these accents by doing Listening tests with them.


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