TIPS for IELTS Listening (academic)

The listening exam, seems to be the easiest among the remaining components of the exam, although it might not feel the same to everybody. Let me share here some of the strategies that I found effective for getting a good score in the listening exam:

  1. Listening section don’t require you to look at clock because the time balance is kept over the audio record itself. However, during the last 10 minutes when you are required to copy things to the answer paper, looking at a watch may be helpful to keep pace with time.
  2. I found keeping the audio levels at optimum loudness helpful, but it varies from person to person. If you are a person who keep headphones plugged in to the ears 24*7 at high volume, then you might require a high level of sound. But too low may prove detrimental, since any sudden noise at exam hall situation might mask the sound played over the headphones.
  3. Make sure you know how the test is conducted, how many questions are given and what is expected from you, before hand. It helps to be more focused.
  4. When the tape starts, try to be alert and synchronised with the playing audio, at all times. If you ever get your sync disconnected, the first thing is probably not to panic. Keep scrolling down the questions and try to spot few key words that can help you to establish your sync again and see if you can hear similar things simultaneously. Hope it will help you get you sync back. Faster you sync back, better you do.
  5. If  you miss or get confused with a question, don’t waste time there, rather move on the next questions. Latter, at the end while transferring your answers you may try to make some guess, since their is no negative marking.
  6.  Someone advised me that, its better not to worry about spelling during the initial period when the tape is on, which can waste time, rather to try writing the correct spelling during the last ten minutes, which is given for transferring the answers. I found the advice effective.
  7. When transferring answers be cautious about the alphabets of numbers, for example when copying the alphabet ‘a’ as a answer, don’t copy it as ‘b’. Also be careful about spelling and handwriting.
  8. Try to practice a lot before the real exam, under time pressure.

That’s all about the listening tips. Hope you will find it useful.

The writing above is a clip of an individualized experience of the author of this article and has no relation with any official IELTS exam or its bodies. Please cross check issues that concern you from various competent authorities dealing with IELTS. This blog shouldn’t be used as a tool to prepare for any exam or test.