Listening Tips: 10 tips for 7+ Bands

Sometimes, practice is all that is required in IELTS Listening test; there are no specific skills to acquire. We oppose this statement strongly. In fact, there aren’t just fixed proficiency that needs to be acquired, there are some proven methods for training yourself for the exam.

Here are some the best tactics for IELTS Listening examination:

1) Try reading before hearing – try to guess the answer

The biggest problems in the listening exam – it is not listening only that you should focus upon. You have to read the questions, then write the answer simultaneously. A simple trick for this could be reading the question before you hear and you understand what you should concentrate upon. This is going to be difficult to master, but is certainly helpful in guessing the kind of response you are searching for: For example, is that a number or a name?

2) Reading while you are listening – concentrate on complete question

The maximum errors are not committed because you have not listened properly, but only because you did not concentrate on questions. When you listen, concentrate on the exact wording of questions.

3) Looking at two questions simultaneously

One problem is that responses to two questions come quickly, just one after other. Did you note down both the answers? Probably yes or no, it could be anything. But there is only one method you can do that, and that is when you are prepared for the question that will follow.

There is something else we would like to add – There’s no issue if you have one question incorrect, the actual matter is if one has lost track of your position in the audio, and are still searching question 13, while the cassette audio has reached question 15. So don’t stop there.

4) Don’t linger writing till last moment

There are lot of instances where IELTS students leave writing to be done at last, assuming that they will recall what they have listened to. As far as our experience goes, this does not work in most of the cases: too much information is there, you are tensed and the most important thing, after listening to each question, move to the question set that follows next and continue reading.

5) Practicing Shorthand

One does not require to pen down everything you have noted down. There are 10 minutes in the end for copying the answers to the response sheet. There something which requires practice and that is writing enough to understand, and write completely while you performing the task of listening – this is a real test.

You can write u for You, uni for university, colg for college

6) Names and Numbers – Checking the Spellings

In the first part, you are practically always need to spell out the names or note down the numbers. This might sound simple, but if you ask me, it is wrong most of the time and as a result, your marks are deducted. It is not that you do not know the alphabets, but some of them can create problems for the expert learners, specifically

  • G and J,
  • Y,
  • E, I and A

What we would recommend is to link it with something that is easy to recall. This is what I did, But we would recommend that you create something for yourself also

J for Jesus, G for God etc.

7) Do not rush with the answer

Sometimes you feel that what you have heard could be the answer, however, there have been instances when the speaker corrects himself later and supplies slightly distinct information

“So, We’ll meet on Wednesday”

“Sorry, I ‘d be busy on Wednesday. Let’s make it Thursday.”

“Fine, then Thursday it is. We will meet at 7 pm.”

Here if the question is when the two people will meet? The correct answer is on Thursday!

8) Do not leave the answers blank

Never leave answers blank because of two reasons.

  1. The first reason is that you may have guessed the right answer, especially if they are MCQs.
  2. Secondly, you could mix up if you have left multiple answers blank. That could wreak havoc on your performance.

9) Look out for information that is repeated

This does not happen much, but the speaker in the audio could repeat the answer again and again. If you are employing guesswork, who knows, you could get lucky.

10) Search for the hints given in questions

One of the often-repeated questions is to complete the table. In questions like these, you will find that certain hints are provided in between tables itself so that you can deduce the answer. Specifically, look for titles or heading of both rows and the columns. Let’s say if the title says something like “equipment”. In boxes data given is “paperclips” and “paperweight” or “cardboard”, then you should get a fair idea what you are searching for.


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