For more than 30 years, the Listening and Reading test has set the standard for assessing English-language listening and reading skills needed in the workplace. Listening skills are very important for face-to-face communication, meetings, videoconferencing, podcasts and telephone conversations. Reading skills are very necessary for email, reports, newsletters and other forms of business correspondence.
Dichotic listening test
The Dichotic listening test is a psychological test which is commonly used to investigate selective attention within the auditory system and is a subtopic of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. It is used as a behavioral test for hemispheric lateralization of speech sound perception. During a standard dichotic listening test, a participant is presented with two different auditory stimuli simultaneously. The different stimuli are directed into different ears over the headphones. Research Participants were instructed to repeat aloud the words what they heard in one ear while a different message was presented to the other ear. As a result of focusing to repeat the words, participants will noticed little of the message to the other ear, often not even realizing that at some point it changed from English to German. At the same time, the participants did notice when the voice in the unattended ear changed from a male’s to a female’s, suggesting that the selectivity of consciousness can work to tune in some information.
Purpose of the test
The IELTS Listening test is designed to assess a wide range of listening skills, which including how well you
* understand the main ideas and specific factual information
* recognise the opinions, attitudes and the purpose of a speaker
* follow the development of an argument