Listening, is the most important skill among language skills. A message can easily be misunderstood if your listening abilities are not good.
In IELTS listening, you will be assessed for your listening comprehension skills. Will you able to listen to instructions and follow conversations? If you are a student, will you be able to understand a lecture?
In IELTS even though there are two modules i.e. General and Academic separately for the immigrants and students, the listening test is common for all.
IELTS listening is a 30 minutes test, where, the candidate listens to various audio recordings and fills in the blanks or MCQs as he/ she listens. After that, candidates need to transfer their answers from the question booklet to the OMR sheet. They will be given 10extra minutes to do this.
Candidates have to use 2B pencil only and write only in BOLD letters.
In the IELTS, listening is the first section. There are 4 sections in IELTS listening. The toughness increases progressively. The first two sections are a bit easy to comprehend whereas the third and fourth sections are challenging where you need good listening skills as well as note taking skills in order to answer those questions.
There are certain skills which will definitely help the test takers to score more.
- Predict the answer
It is essential to predict whether the answer is a number or a word(s) or else a numerical value,before the audio starts. This helps you to guess the correct answer.
In this, before the audio starts, we need to predict, the answers like this.
4th& 6th question – a word
8th question – numerical value; as they have already clearly given the Euro symbol.
- Identify the key words:
If we can identify the keywords, it would be helpful to guess the exact answer. For example in the above image,room is a key word in the first column.All sorts of rooms like dining room, bathroom, cloak room are mentioned here. Keeping the word “room” in mind, if you listen for that specific word you can easily get the answer.
- Read the instructions carefully :
It is important to read the instructions carefully before you start answering the questions. If you ignore those instructions, sometimes you may lose marks unnecessarily.
For example: If you see the table below, it is clearly stated: “one word/ a number”
If you fail to notice it, and as you listen, if you write the answer as “near to the central”, then you will lose a mark. The correct answer is“Central” (one word)
Check for symbols:
It is advisable to check for the symbols or dates or any other code form details even before you write the answer.
For ex: See the image below
The Euro symbol has been clearly given here.
If the candidate fails to observe the symbol and re-writes the symbol with the number, he/she stands to lose a mark.
- Transfer the answers carefully
As you need to transfer your answers from the question booklet to the OMR sheet, transfer your answers carefully, without errors.
Remember that, you need to use “BOLD LETTERS” only in the OMR sheet.
- Avoid spelling mistakes :
While transferring your answers to the OMR sheet, write correct spellings, otherwise you will lose marks.
For example: If the answer is “Garage”, if you write it as “Garrage”, it is a wrong spelling.
Answer all questions:
As there is no negative marking in IELTS listening, never leave a single question blank or unanswered. Based upon the previous question and following question, try to guess the answer even though you fail to listen properly.
If your guess is correct you will gain a point.
- Don’t panic:
If you could not get the answer for a question, don’t worry. Leave that question and move on to the next question. Since the audio recording will not be played again, it is important not to get stuck at one question. You stand to lose out on the other questions.
- Listen carefully for specific information:
For some questions, especially in MCQ’s, you need to listen carefully for the exact information.
In the above example, they asked for “Two facilities”, but they have given “5Options”
In such cases as you listen, you need to take notes. With the help of the notes, you can easily identify which two facilities they have highlighted.
Though IELTS Listening task is easier than Reading or Writing, we need to follow certain strategies in order to get the desired band score. It is also important to listen attentively and to be careful while transferring the answers from the main question booklet to the OMR sheet. One more key factor to get success in IELTS Listening is to answer as much as possible by predicting the answers even before the audio starts and to score more in the first two sections as they would be dialogues unlike the remaining 2 sections which are monologues and lengthier.