Listen Well In IELTS

Are you one of those who go bizarre listening to English and wonders, how am I even going to do it? Are you scared or may be worried about how you are going to do well in your IELTS exam? Is listening section the root cause of that issue? Well if you are one of those, don’t worry. There is always a solution to the problem and that makes the problem important.


Read the instructions carefully. How you are going to perform in this section completely depends on how well you understand the instructions. Remember these are not trivial. There may be chances that the instructions tell you the word limit to answer questions. So, read carefully.


Try to find the keywords and underline them. Now find the synonyms of these keywords. I know there is lot to be done in those thirty seconds, but this is something you really cannot miss.


Don’t write the first thing that sounds right. There are chances that they may say something at the first shot and then say completely different the next moment. And the one said later is correct.


The very moment you get to know what the topic is, start organizing the vocabulary related to that topic.


Remember, to write answers carefully. Don’t use abbreviations until you know what they mean in the native language. It would be although better, you don’t use them while writing answers. Check the spelling and grammar. Make sure to use the words as you listen and don’t try to rephrase them.


If you get lost, while listening, don’t panic. The keywords you marked earlier could be a great help. If you don’t understand move on with the next thing. At times you just remember or able to make a good guess of the answer.

Remember, the more confident you are, the better you will perform.


Listening is a skill, not a gift

Listening is a skill, not a gift

Often Listening can be your biggest problem.Your Listening ability in many cases is not developed enough. But the good news is that Listening is a skill, not a gift, which means anyone can learn how to listen and understand.

When training, take a recording of the news, a lecture, a television program, a movie or an actual IELTS Listening test and work with it.

Listening Tip # 1 – use a transcript.

Listening Tip # 2 – repeat phrases. 084390 00086 , IELTS Band7, 323, GMS Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

True/False questions for listening test

Have a look at these other ‘traps’ that you can get in True/False questions for listening test:

i) Changing the modifier only


All students have to register before 08 August.

Most students have to register before 08 August.
Answer: False
ii) Changing the answer twice.

Peter decides to go to the cinema.

PETER: Let’s go to the cinema, there’s a new film on.
JANE: I’d like to go to the theatre instead to see the play.
PETER: OK, that’s fine, we’ll go to the theatre.
JANE: Great, thanks, oh no – maybe the cinema would be better.
PETER: OK – the cinema it is then
JANE: Are you sure?
PETER: Yes, sure. No, the theatre – definitely!
Answer: False 084390 00086 , IELTS Band7, 323, GMS Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001



1. If you don’t catch the answer to a question, it’s natural to think hard to try to remember the answer. If you do this, you will miss parts of the tape and possibly won’t be able to answer other questions. When you miss the answer to a question, forget it – go onto the next question. Remember – you only listen to the tape once. The answer might be repeated on the tape anyway.

2. If you miss the answer to two or three questions, again, miss them out – you won’t be able to remember the answers.

3. If you get to the stage where you are totally lost, you may have to wait until the other candidates turn their pages before you can find out where you are in the questions. Of course, this is not ideal but if you have to do this, don’t panic – if you panic you will have even bigger problems. 084390 00086 , IELTS Band7, 323, GMS Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

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