What is the IELTS Listening Test? How to practice?

What is IELTS Listening Test?

The IELTS Listening test is the same for both Academic test and General Training test. In this module, you will need to answer 40 questions in response to four recordings. You will listen to four recordings which are a mix of monologues and conversations from a range of several English speakers and you will only hear each recording once. Listening mostly require (30 minutes) you will listen four recordings of native speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions. Lastly, you have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. When you have finished listening.

How can I practice IELTS Listening?

  1. While practicing tests, you should listen only once.
  2. It is essential to try and identify your listening weaknesses and work on improving those areas.
  3. On the question sheet, underline key words.
  4. You can also practice different types of listening situations (lectures, conversations, chatting, etc.).

Do you need to improve your score on the IELTS listening test? If you said yes, then this blog is for you. There is some ways for you to improve your listening skills.

All IELTS listening tests are the same with the same format having duration of thirty minutes long. Also, the academic and general tests are exactly the same. Moreover, In terms of each part of the test, check the table below:

(You Only Listen Once)

It’s like real life. You only have one chance to listen. Many of us would love the chance to listen again, but IELTS won’t give you that chance.

  • Follow Your Heart: When practicing, choose interesting topics. Interesting for YOU. As it is well known that we listen better things if we want to enjoy hearing. In addition, if you really want to motivate yourself and get the best out of each and every listening practice, try this approach. You might even have fun doing it!
  • Audio Scripts If you are choosing or searching for practice tests, try and find ones with scripts as they are the word-for-word written texts of the audio you listen to. Additionally, There are many activities you can do with scripts. Here are a few:
    • Accuracy check: First take notes without scripts. Secondly, compare your notes to the script. Check for accuracy, spelling, and misunderstanding.
    • Second is reading aloud: After you read aloud, listen to the audio. How accurate were you? Check if you sound the same as the speaker(s).
    • Lastly listen and read along: listen and follow the text. It will make strong connections for you in respect to pronunciation and understanding key words. Also, notice how the keywords are pronounced clearer and louder.
  • Synonyms Have you tried an IELTS preparation class? If your answer is yes, you probably know that synonyms are important in all parts of the exam. For the IELTS speaking and writing exam, you have to show you know how to use synonyms. While for the reading and listening exam, many of the questions use synonyms.
    • English isn’t just a test. It is a language. IELTS tests of your knowledge and skill of this language. Using English in real life is one of the best ways to learn a language well and to do well on the test. Not having a conversation everyday is a missed opportunity. Thus, next chance you have… chat, text, call, email, discuss, and laugh in English!
  • Check It Twice, Be Precise! Little mistakes can count big. Similarly, a few silly mistakes can be the difference between scoring a 5.5 and a 6. The below given are a few examples of how small errors can cost you very high.
  • Think In English Many language experts agree about one key rule that thinking in a specific language helps you learn that language. Additionally, many students of English often try and translate everything in their heads.

Translating has two main problems. Firstly, it is slower. Secondly, you remember your language and forget the English.

Though on the listening exam you won’t have time to translate. Thus, you’ll have to remember key English words. Hence, when you’re practicing English… think in English!