IELTS Listening Tips
What makes the IELTS listening test difficult? – It is the fact that there are no repetitions on the played recording. It is crucial to give a 100 percent concentration and attention in the test. Here are some helpful tips to make you pass the IELTS Listening test.
Pray before the test starts. To achieve a positive result from a test, the examinee should remain calm and the anxiety level controlled to the mild stage. Praying before the test and asking for divine intervention from the Almighty Coach keeps an agitated condition calmed and composed throughout the test.
If you have any problems with the sound equipment say so immediately. The recording will be checked before the test commences. This is done by playing the first two or three introductory sentences which are not part of the test. If the sound is adjusted too low, raise your hand and utter your request respectfully. Do not hesitate to voice out any complaints or problems with the sound as some examinees are in the habit of doing. Remember, if you cannot hear clearly the recording you will not pass the test. Also, do not wait to raise requests once the test has started, during this time the tape cannot be stopped.
Remember to focus your attention to the test only. Again may I repeat, your focus should be on the test and not on other things. A lapse of concentration can make you lose the sequence of answers and panic sets in fast. Listen carefully to the tape when the recording has started and DON’T LET YOUR ATTENTION WANDER. Keep in mind, the tape will only be played ONCE and there will be no repetitions.
Read the instructions and questions. Before each section, the examinees are given time to read the questions and instructions for that section. All instructions and pauses are on the recording. Read not only the directions but also the questions. Read them carefully but not too slowly. Encircle or underline main ideas or keywords in each question and instruction. Failure to do so could result in an incorrect answer even though you understood the question. If it says write no more than two words, do not write three!
Be aware of the following questions. When listening to the recording, do not merely listen for the answer but also be aware of the questions that follow the one you are expecting (That’s why you should read all the questions of each section). You will know that you miss the answer to a question when you notice that the answer to the next question is already given.
Do not panic. If you miss an answer, do not panic and move on to the next question. When examinees panic, they tend to get lost and will not be able to answer the remaining questions. You just missed an answer to a question, move on to the next to get the other items correctly.
Fill-in answers to missed items. There is no negative marking in IELTS test, so if you miss an answer in a certain question just fill it in. Who knows you might get the correct answer by guessing.