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Friday, December 11, 2015

How to Improve Your IELTS Listening Score

Listening skill is crucial to any IELTS candidate. In speaking, you have to carefully listen to the question of
the examiner to think of good responses. Listening skill is most especially needed in the listening sub-test where candidates have to answer several listening passages. The challenge in getting a high score in
this sub-test is high; hence, here are some tips on how to improve and get a good score for the IELTS
listening test.


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  • Do practice tests. The aim of these practice tests is for you to be familiar with the question typesin the examination. However, do not limit yourself in listening to IELTS listening materials. Thereare other materials like podcasts that can help improve your comprehension in English. TheInternet itself has a lot of good sources for practice.


  • Time management is the key. How to do this? By simply looking at the questions, you will understand whether what word goes in the blanks. Write hints so that you can focus well while listening and easily spot the answer in the passages.


  • Spelling matters a lot. Spell the words correctly once you fill in the blanks. This is commonly overlooked by some candidates. As a result, they get a low score. Make sure proper nouns are capitalized. Doing the opposite will make your answer incorrect.

  • Use the time to review your answers wisely. Check all your answers: their word forms and spelling. No matter how minor your mistakes are, most of the time they are not considered right.

  • Learn the skill of anticipation. Before each part, an introduction is made. During this time, take a guess on what kind of questions will be made. The topic is usually given at this time, so you are already given a hint of the passage.

  • Improve vocabulary. Read a lot to be familiar with more words. It will be much better to study Australian or British vocabulary words as they are commonly used in the IELTS test.

  • Listen to how Australians or British talk. It will be better to be exposed with different accents to help you understand conversations or lectures in the test. Most people get confused with the flow of the passage since they do not hear the right words clearly.

  • Practice note taking skills. In the test, audio passages are only played once so you have to get all the right details in one listening. Practice listening by doing transcribing activities. Try listening to news on write the first part of it. Not only will it improve your note taking skill but also your comprehension skills.

  • Attend listening classes. Listening classes in IELTS review centers aim to make students become familiar with the course of the exam. Further, practices are given to ensure that each student will develop and build strong skills for the exam.

The IELTS listening test is not that difficult when you come prepared for it. The important thing is to
develop good vocabulary and improve note-taking skills. Practicing lets you be familiar with the test.