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Listening tips for IELTS that most students wish they found earlier

The goal of IELTS Listening section is to test your list

Writing skills. Don’t use practice tests to improve your score: it’s not enough! They will help you to become familiar with the test, but won’t much improve your listening abilities. It is much more effective to do various listening exercises, listen to general listening materials (radio reports, TV-shows, documental programs etc) and only after that do IELTS Listening practice tests.

Related: IELTS speaking tips

Polish your topic vocabulary Section 3

is almost always about education. For example, students and a tutor talking about an assignment. Learn

all the vocabulary you can about studying at university. This way you will understand this section better.

this is easier said, But if you want you can get all the topics and google VOCAB list for Famil brush up on all these topics

Word types

Skip over the questions and decide which type of word fits in each gap. Is it a noun, verb, adverb or adjective? Write ‘N’ for noun, ‘V’ for verb and so on. This will help you to focus on the specific word forms while listening.

Don’t loose attention

Remember, you will only hear the audio once. So if you didn’t hear some words and passed over some questions, don’t worry! Leave them blank and focus on the actual part. Review those questions at the end of the section, otherwise, you will only miss more questions and tangle in the recording. You will need to read, write and listen all at the same time.

Watch out words-indicators

Listen for words-indicators, such as however, but, then, finally. They help you to anticipate what the speaker will say.

Don’t write answers too quickly A lot of students fall into this trap: as soon as they hear the needed information, they take it for the correct answer. But sometimes this information is repeated or corrected further in the section. Example: Sam: Thank you! I’ve received your email. So it is loren-hanson@gmail.com. Loren: No-no! You have mistaken, it is loren-hamson@gmail.com, spelled with M. Sam: Oh, I’m sorry…

nose in the most valley of the continent of Africa.” Mr. Berger to reporters Thursday in Johannesburg.

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