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The Listening Component of IELTS

Author: Limey, Posted on Thursday, March 24 @ 03:32:46 IST by RxPG  

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IELTS


The Test

This is a test where you will be required to show how efficient you are in understanding a conversation in English.

This is tested by playing a recorded conversation and you are supposed to answer pre set questions based on the converstion played.

You are supposed to answer questions simultaneously, as you listen to the tape.

The question booklet is divided in sections (usually four) and so the conversation is.

The tape will give you clear instructions of when one section ends and the other begins.

There are instructions given at the beginning of each section and you will be given enough time before every section to go through a particular set of questions (for e.g.,the tape will say, “Now turn to Section 2 on pg 6 and go through questions 16-22 ; this means the next conversation you are going to listen is going to cover only questions 16-22; )

This time given to u for going through the questions is the most important part of the test,as this will prepare your mind to what exactly to ‘LOOK for’ in the conversation.

The Test

This is a test where you will be required to show how efficient you are in understanding a conversation in English.

This is tested by playing a recorded conversation and you are supposed to answer pre set questions based on the converstion played.

You are supposed to answer questions simultaneously, as you listen to the tape.

The question booklet is divided in sections (usually four) and so the conversation is.

The tape will give you clear instructions of when one section ends and the other begins.

There are instructions given at the beginning of each section and you will be given enough time before every section to go through a particular set of questions (for e.g.,the tape will say, “Now turn to Section 2 on pg 6 and go through questions 16-22 ; this means the next conversation you are going to listen is going to cover only questions 16-22; )

This time given to u for going through the questions is the most important part of the test,as this will prepare your mind to what exactly to ‘LOOK for’ in the conversation.

There is also time given at the end of the sections to go through your answers ;utilize this time for checking for spelling and other mistakes.If u still have time left,go to the next section and start going through the next set of questions, slowly and carefully.

There is also time(usually 10 minutes) given at the end of the listening test to transfer your answer to the answersheet (remember,till now,you were answering in the question booklet itself).

The Practice

Practice is the key to success!
Go through study materials provided by the British Council.(The Cambridge books and HOW TO PREPARE FOR IELTS are the important ones;going through either of these will do).

This will give u real idea of what happens in the real test.

Listen to BBC News and tune up your mind for different accents.Remember,the real test will give a conversation in English,but in different accents. Prepare yourself for that.If you find BBC boring,HBO and Star Movies can be of good help.

Apart from these, I found this link on BBC Worldservice quite useful:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/wab/u1_1_1.shtml

This particular section plays an audio,for each sub section ,asks you questions based on the conversation you heard,gives you the opportunity to read the transcript and also gives the vocabulary support.

The conversation (or ,the radio) they play is usually from general public as well as experts,but its everyday conversation and thus it is usually faster than the ones intended for the real IELTS test.

But if u practice over these,am sure you will come out with flying colours in the real test.

Another site which gives real good listening practice is :

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/ielts/default.htm


Types of Questions :

1) Pictures :

There will be picture based questions.For e.g. U might be provided with a map of an area and as the speaker describes the location of different areas of interest,you will be required to identify and mark the areas asked in the question.

2)Form Completion:

You can be provided with an incomplete form and required to fill in the details as the speaker describes.

3)Multiple Choice Questions:

These questions are usually provided with three-four options and you are required to choose ONE most relevant option.

Remember,the options are usually paraphrased (than what u hear in the original conversation)....so make sure that you have read all the options carefully before attempting.

4)Sentence Completion :

Here you will be provided with an incomplete sentence and you will be required to complete the sentence based upon the conversation you hear.

Make sure you understand the basic essence of the sentence, read the instructions if they want you fill in ‘NOT MORE THAN THREE WORDS” ,make sure you don’t end up writing four words, as you wont be awarded marks for that, even if your answer makes sense.

Read the completed sentence to make sure its grammatically correct.If its not,probably you have caught the wrong word in the conversation.

5)Tables :

You might be required to fill up datas in an incomplete table.

Find out if the table runs horizontally or vertically.Follow the serial numbers alongside the blank spaces to guide you in this.

Don’t make a mistake of filling a table horizontally when it runs vertically - u will be messing up with the serial numbers.

6) Yes-No/True-False, Not Given:

This usually appears in the reading component,but can appear in listening too.
You will be provided with a sentnece and asked if it agrees with what you heard in conversation.

Make sure what the question demands.If it asks you to write YES/NO and u make a mistake of writing TRUE/False....you wont be awarded marks even if you think that both essentially mean the same.

You need to be alert to know if the asked information was mentioned in the conversation or not.

7)Completing a paragraph :

This is similar to sentence completion.Be careful about serial numbers and number of words you are supposed to fill in.Make sure the entire para (after u have filled up the answers) is grammatically correct.

The Test Day

Reach your test center in time.

Usually speaking is the 1st component ,so spend the morning of the test day listening to good English from BBC,or the like.This will tune up your mind for the real exam.

Chek the headfone provided to you.Is that working properly?Can you adjust the volume of the conversation at your desired level?In case of any problems,ask for replacement.

Stay calm and cool during the exam.This is most important as concentrating is the key to success here.

Utilize your time efficiently;don’t hurry and don’t panic;

You will be given enough time to go through the questions.Utilize this time efficiently.

Make sure you when are reading the questions, you are understanding them too and thus tuning up your mind for the up coming conversation.

Make sure to note the important points in the questions. viz, if the question asks
when a particular organization started working efficiently: a) 1982 b)1986 c)1989
The speaker might go like this : The organization was established in 1982 but it started working efficiently from 1986,however the major reforms too place in 1989.
So,if you were all set to catch a particular YEAR in the conversation,and just ignoring what exactly the speaker was saying,you will be at a loss.

The idea is, listen to the conversation as a conversation and anticipate,that now the speaker is going to talk on the dates in the organization history,say.

Usually the speaker talks in the same order as the questions appear in the question booklet.So if you were concentrating on question 2 ,and the speaker gives answer for question 3, it indicates that probably you missed the conversation related to question 2.

Don’t Panic!move ahead. You cant afford to miss the rest of the questions in the sorrow of one question.

Remember the tape is played only once, and whatever you can catch it,catch it and move ahead.

Even if you are not sure of a certain answer,write your best guess and move to the next question.There is no negative marking and you cannot afford to spend all your time thinking over one question.......the tape goes on while u think!

Be careful of the spelling mistakes and singular/plural.

These are very important as your correct answer can be marked if its wrong in spelling or if its singular when it was supposed to be plural.

While practising tune up ur mind to understand the plural forms in conversation.

Capitalisation is usually not important,except for in proper nouns,when the name/place should be in Capital.

Don’t bother to answer directly in answer sheet.Its always better to keep answering in the question booklet as u listen to the conversation.You will be provided 10 minutes to transfer the answers to the answer sheet towards the end of the exam.

While transferring answers,make sure you are answering on the right side of the answer sheet and not jumbling up with the serial numbers.

My Recipe

I followed ‘How to Prepare for IELTS’ and practised listening over the BBC worldservice (the link I mentioned above) for around 10 days.Got a band score of 9. :-)

Good luck to U!



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