Category Archives: IELTS Listening tips

These blog posts contain tips for the IELTS Listening test.

How to make fewer IELTS spelling mistakes

3 quick ways to improve your spelling and make fewer mistakes in IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing

Spelling is important in IELTS. If you spell an answer incorrectly in IELTS Listening or Reading, you won’t receive a mark for that answer. The more spelling mistakes you make in IELTS Writing, the less likely you are to get the Writing band score you need.

  • Writing band score 6.0: “Makes some errors in spelling…”
  • Writing band score 7.0: “May produce occasional errors…”
  • Writing band score 8.0: “Produces rare errors in spelling…”

The good news is you can improve your spelling quickly by using the 3 simple techniques below. Continue reading

How to prepare for IELTS: What the experts say

Four experts share some advice on how to prepare for IELTS

I give a lot of advice on this blog about how to prepare for IELTS but I thought for this post I’d share some advice from other specialists in IELTS preparation.

So, apart from becoming familiar with the exam format and improving your English in general, what do the experts say about preparing for the IELTS test?

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Get more time to read IELTS Listening questions

Do you have enough time to read the IELTS Listening questions before the recording starts?

As you probably know, there are four sections in the IELTS Listening test and 10 questions for each section.

Although you’re given some time to read the questions before the recording in each section starts, you may have found that this isn’t enough and that the recording starts before you’re ready.

If you find that you don’t have enough time to read the Listening questions, here are two tips that you could try.

How to get more time to read the questions in the IELTS Listening test Don’t listen to the example at the beginning of the Listening test

At the beginning of Section 1 of the IELTS Listening test, you’ll be played an example.

Because this example is repeated, you could use this time to read the questions in Section 1 (or even some of the later sections).

If you want to practice this, you can do Section 1 of an IELTS Listening test on the British Council website here.

When the recording says “Now turn to Section 1“, you can start reading the questions.

Important update: From January 4th 2020, there will no longer be an example played at the beginning of Section 1 in the IELTS Listening test (paper-based).

This is already the case in the computer-delivered IELTS Listening test.

You can read more here.

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IELTS Listening tips: How to listen and read at the same time

Two quick tips to help you listen and read at the same time in the IELTS Listening test

If you find it difficult to read and follow the questions while listening to the recording in the IELTS Listening test, then here are two IELTS Listening tips just for you.

IELTS Listening tip 1: Underline or circle words on the question paper that indicate what information you’re listening for

Before you listen, if you circle or underline words in the questions that tell you what you’re listening for, you won’t need to read the whole of each question again when you listen to the recording. (Remember that you’ll be given some time to read the questions before each of the sections in the IELTS Listening test.)

To see what I mean, have a look at the following page from an official IELTS Listening test, and think about why I circled or underlined the words ‘grade‘, ‘cancelled‘ and ‘advise against‘. Continue reading