Do you find the IELTS listening exam more difficult than other listening exams you have done? What makes it seem difficult? It has the same format as other exams – filling in spaces, completing information, matching exercises, and a variety of accents. So why does it seem more complicated?
The Listening exam has 4 parts, 40 questions and lasts 30 minutes. You then have another ten minutes at the end of the exam to copy your answers onto the answer sheet provided. Parts 1 and 2 concentrate on social needs or “survival English” – the kind of English you need on a regular basis if you are living in an English speaking country, for example asking for information or getting directions. Parts 3 and 4 focus more on the topics of education or training. You will hear a combination of dialogues between 2 or more people and monologues.
One of the big differences between the IELTS listening test and other listening exams you may have done is that you only hear it once. This doesn’t seem like a big problem until you have finished listening to it and have just realised you missed the crucial information and need to hear it again.
So, what can you do to overcome this problem? Look at the following advice and practical examples.
Click here to check your predictions.
How well did you predict the information you need? Now try listening and see how well you do. Listen to the text and complete the spaces.
Click here to continue with Part 2.