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.
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.
Read the next set of questions as soon as each section has finished
At the end of each of the four sections of the IELTS Listening test, you’ll hear the following instruction:
You now have half a minute to check your answers.
When you hear this instruction in your Listening test, you could read the questions in the next section instead of checking your answers to the section you’ve just listened to. For example, when you hear the instruction to check your answers at the end of Section 1, you could start reading the questions in Section 2.
Looking ahead will give you more time to read the questions in the next section before the recording starts and give you more time to predict the kind of information you are listening for.
You don’t need to check your answers after each section. You’ll be given 10 minutes at the end of the Listening test to check all of your answers and transfer them from the question booklet to the answer sheet.
Let me know in the comments section below if these tips give you enough time to read the IELTS Listening questions.