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IELTS Listening | Tips

How to score a high band in the listening module:
  • The Listening part is one of the easiest parts to boost your band score. All you have to do is follow these tips:
  • The recording will be played only once during your IELTS test. You will not hear it twice thus you must practice answering the questions by completing a full listening test.
  • You will be given a minute before each part to read your questions. Make sure you read the questions and are aware of the detail you need to listen to in order to write the answer.
  • Read the instructions carefully – Read the instructions given about the questions, to know what to fill in the blank spaces provided. If the instruction says ‘a number’, your answer would be a number.
  • A date/number is considered one word.
  • A hyphenated word would be one word.
  • A compound noun which isn’t hyphenated is considered to be two words.
  • SPELLINGS! – Spellings are as important as the correct answers. It might be hard to focus on both – getting the answers right and the spellings. So, focus on the spellings only when you transfer the answers to the answer sheet.
  • Be prepared for long gaps between answers or 3 to 4 answers to come one after the other.
  • Exam takers often miss out the plural words which will lead to wrong answers. Please be attentive and recognize the plural words.
  • There are high chances of twists and turns in the audio (i.e.) there might be a change in the information you’re looking for as the recording goes on, listen keenly to spot the right answer.
  • Do not lose FOCUS! Listening to audios keenly for 30 minutes might be tedious but do not lose focus as you might miss out on the most important information.

IELTS Signposting Language:

  • Signposting means using phrases and words to guide the reader through the content of a passage or a recording. In this case, it’s an audio recording. With the help of these phrases and words, the listener can anticipate what’s next and find the answer.

Signposting examples:

  • Introduction to the lesson/lecture
  • The purpose of today’s lecture is… The subject/topic of my talk is … The lecture will outline … The talk will focus on … Today I’ll be talking about / discussing… Today we are going to talk about… The topic of today’s lecture is…
  • Describing the structure of the lecture
  • I’m going to divide this talk into a few parts. First, we’ll look at….. Then we’ll go on to … And finally I’ll…
  • Introducing the topic/ first point / first part
  • Let’s start by talking about… To begin,… Firstly,…
  • Starting an idea or linking to another idea
  • Let’s move on to… Now, let’s turn to… And I’d now like to talk about… Building on from the idea that …, Another line of thought on … demonstrates that … Having established …,
  • To reach the end of the talk / Summing up
  • In conclusion, … From the above, it is clear that … Several conclusions emerge from this analysis … To summarize, … I’d like now to recap…

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