Try to improve your IELTS score with these quick tips! In this lesson, you will learn about the Listening module of the IELTS exam. We will teach you the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. We want you to be prepared and confident on your test day, so that you can get the best results on your IELTS!
Incorrect grammar will cost you the points. So, very careful with things like plural and singular nouns. There may be some clues such as an indefinite article in front of the blank space for the answer which would indicate the answer is a singular noun. Also, be very careful with tenses and subject/verb agreement. If the answer is second person singular, don’t forget to the ‘s’ at the end of the noun.
2. Focus on the whole question
A huge proportion of mistakes will be made not because you haven’t listened well, but because you you do not focus on the question. As you are listening to focus on the precise wording of the question. See this video tutorial for more on this.
3. Determine what to note
With the help of key words in the questions, you can find the figure out what to write and what not to write.
4. For Multiple answer choice type questions
Do not look at the answer choices during the time given before the recording is being played or while listening to the recording because, you will be tending to associate something as an answer if it matches with the answer choice without evaluating it further. In many cases, such answers will be very wrong because, the test is designed to lure you into picking such incorrect answers.
5. Practice your shorthand
You do not have to write everything that you have to down: you have 10 minutes at the end to copy your answers onto the answer sheet. So what you need to do is to learn how to write down enough for you to recognise as you are listening that you can write it out in full later. The one exception to this is in part 1 with the numbers and names where you have to write everything out in full as you are listening, that is the challenge.