Practicalities of the IELTS Listening Test

by Anna
(France)

Improving in 3 Months?



Hi! Do you think is three months enough to improve listening skills?

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Oct 14, 2015
Listening Skills
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you can improve in 3 months, but by how much it is impossible to tell you.

That would depend on several things, such as how much time you have each day and your current level of ability.

Also, whether you can get the IELTS score you need would depend on your level now and what score you need.

For example, going from a 5.5 to a 7 in two months is very unlikely.

Oct 15, 2015
comment
by: Anonymous

dear
if you realize that you are able to summarize what you have listened to script, then you would be fully confident to appear the exam.

Jul 22, 2017
Listening
by: shanzaa

I want to ask whether should I choose british council or AEO for ielts test. Because british offers headphones but AEO conducts test on speakers.

Jul 25, 2017
headphones
by: IELTS buddy

Depends then if you want headphones. If you do choose BC, if you don't choose AEO. I think candidates generally prefer headphones though.

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Do we have headphones in the IELTS listening test?

by anu

For the listening task do I get individual head-phone or do I listen from a common place - Like Radio? What will happen if I have hearing problem?

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Jul 19, 2015
IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Anu,

In the past it was through speakers for everyone, but I believe most test centres now use individual headphones. But if you want to know for sure, phone up your local centre and check.

They do a test check before the listening starts. If you have any problem with your headphones then you will need to put up your hand and tell the staff.

Mar 28, 2016
ielts listing
by: fatii

british council lahore provides us with headphones or speakers for listening test?

Mar 31, 2016
headphones in the IELTS listening test
by: IELTS buddy

I think most do now, but you'd need to check with the centre. Give them a call.

Feb 24, 2017
No headphones provided in Austria
by: Anonymous

I made blunder by conducting exam in Austria, Vienna to improve my overall band score from 7 to 8 or 9.

They conducted exam in Auditorium without headphones and the voice was full of echo. Couldn't hear conversation clearly and missed lots of questions and my listening score got dipped from 8.5 to 6. Horrible experience waste of time and money and missed immigration opportunity.

They should be consistent, no matter how much you practice, such things ruin everything during test.

Mar 04, 2017
Nope
by: Anonymous

You won't be able to hear something without headphones, don't take the exam or register if there is no headphones just take toefl exam at least you'll be sure that there will be no problem with the sound

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Headphones or Speakers

by Petrelli

If anyone could tell me how the listening module is conducted for British Council, I will be extremely grateful. Will we have headphones or will it be played on a speaker?

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Oct 08, 2017
Headphones or Speakers
by: IELTS buddy

It's usually headphones these days, but check with your centre to be sure.

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How can I write the answers while I am listening?

by martialyao

what am i supposed to do to be able to write the answers while i am listening?

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May 31, 2014
IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

You will get better at this with practice, but remember you can write your answers in the listening booklet and then you have 10 minutes to transfer them at the end.

So just write your answers quickly and don't worry about spelling or grammar.

You can sort this out at the end when you transfer your answers.

This will mean you get less distracted from the listening.

Thanks

Jun 22, 2014
Listening tips
by: Ikechukwu Square

Listen attentively and with full concentration. Read the questions first but don't worry about understanding everything and Write as fast as you hear the answer in the provided paper. Tranfer to the answer sheet and correct all spelling.

Good luck

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Can I read though the test during the example at the beginning?

by raju
(india)

hello,

in the beginning of the test, in the listening part, the narrator gives an example of how to answer the questions.. during this 1-2 minutes of time, is the test sheet is open to me? and can i start reading and understanding the rest of the questions??

thanks!

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Sep 05, 2015
When you can start looking at the listening test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Raju,

Yes, the IELTS listening booklet will be yours to look at as soon as the test starts, so you can use that time to look at the rest of the questions if you like.

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IELTS Listening is too fast

by Johnny Wang

How to handle the problem that i can't hear the IELTS Listening clearly? He reads too fast!

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May 05, 2015
IELTS Listening is too fast
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Johnny,

There is not much you can do about this apart from improve your listening skills.

If it is too fast and you can't understand it then your listening skills are weak.

A lot of people will struggle with part 4, and part 3 as well maybe. But if the whole thing is too fast then your skills must be quite weak.

You need to just focus on improving your listening skills generally without worrying too much at the moment whether it is 'IELTS' listening or not. There are plenty of sites online where you can do listening practice yourself.

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Difficulty with IELTS maps in the listening section

by huma747@hotmail.com
(Canada)

Hello,

I have a difficulty in academic listening, especially maps.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
Thanks

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Jun 21, 2015
Map description
by: Mohammed

The important thing in map is to locate your position on the starting, for example in the park or building or youth center description, they usually give you three or four gate on the map and you need to know exactly which one you should start with and they will guide you on the record starting.

Nov 07, 2015
Difficulty with IELTS maps
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

Yes, with the map you need to know language that is used to give directions and state where things are.

There is now a lesson on the site to help with describing maps.

Check it out here:

IELTS Listening Map Labelling

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Accents in IELTS Listening

by Victoria
(Mississauga)

Hi everyone,

I am taking my general IELTS on Saturday this week.

However, I am wondering if my listening will be in a Canadian accent dialog. Anyone has any idea for me?

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Sep 07, 2016
Accents in IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Victoria,

Nobody knows what is going to be in the next IELTS test as it is confidential.

However, you can get any kind of accents in the test, such as Canadian or North American.

Nov 10, 2016
Head phones in IELTS
by: Anonymous

Sir, does headphones effects our ears? As doctors recommend not using these too much. Please tell.

Nov 10, 2016
Head phones in IELTS
by: IELTS buddy

They won't be loud enough to damage your ears!

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American and British English Spelling

by Firdavs
(Moscow, Russia)

Hello!

During my preparation to listening section I have met the word "center(re)". What is the difference between them? Are both correct if I will write any of them on answer sheet?

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Oct 21, 2016
Center or Centre
by: IELTS buddy

One is English spelling (centre) the other is North American spelling (center).

Both would be correct as American and British English are both accepted.

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'z' or 's'

by Egle

Helllo

I'd like to ask which spelling (organization or organisation) is correct in IELTS, as at the listening test I wrote the answer with 's' and I wonder if it is going to be ok.

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Jan 17, 2017
'z' or 's'
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

Both are ok as you can use US or British spelling in the IELTS test.

Jan 17, 2017
Yay
by: Egle

Thanks a lot!

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Filling in Two Gaps

by Gabriele
(UK)

Hi,

I have a question about the answer sheet. I had my exam yesterday and in the listening and reading tests there were two blank spaces for one answer.

One question was about meters and it said:

"It should be between ... and ... meters high"

And another one about tools:

"They were made of ... and ...".

When transferring my answers to the answer sheet I separated both of the numbers and words with a slash:

"10 / 15"
"stone / wood".


Was I wrong for using a slash?

What should we use to separate two words?

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Nov 24, 2016
Separating Two Words
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Gabriele,

Yes, for questions like that, it is fine to put a slash to separate them.

You can also have the words in either order.

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Question Order in IELTS Listening

by Jul

Hi, are the questions in the same order as they get played. What I mean by this, is if the answer to question 2 comes always after question 1, and the answer to question 3 after question 2, and so on.

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Oct 21, 2016
Order of question in IELTS Listening
by: IELTS buddy

Yes, they are the same order. It would be impossible to answer the questions if it was not.

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Marking of the IELTS Listening Test

by Ehsan
(Riyadh)

Hello Everyone,

Hope you guys are doing well, I will be taking my IELTS test in January, so I am in my preparation zone. Right now, I am concentrating in Listening and Reading sections, so I have a few questions:

1) How are IELTS Reading and Listening sections marked? By computer? I mean do all the answers need to be exact? For example, If the answer for one of the Listening question is "The textbooks", but if I wrote only "Textbooks" - is this wrong!?

2) Lastly, currently I am scoring within 29-35 in Reading, and 30-37 in Listening, with time pressured. Is this good start for practice?

Regards

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Dec 01, 2016
Marking
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

1) It's done by hand, but there are still fixed answers in the answer key and you will not get the point if it does not match the answer key.

If grammatically the answer would need 'THE textbooks' to make it correct, you would have to have 'the'.

2) Yes they are quite good scores. You can check out how that converts to bands here:

IELTS Scores

Dec 30, 2016
IELTS aspirant
by: Abdul Baseeth (Riyadh)

Dear Ehsan,

Can you please share your whatsapp number. I am planning to take test in end of Jan or beginning of Feb '17.

My Whatsapp number: 0538129565.

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Difficulty of the IELTS Listening Tests

by jot
(punjab)

Hey, I'm preparing for IELTS from the Cambridge books.

I find the tests are easier but one site ieltsoninetests.com provides booklets of recent tests that were held in March, April and May.

They were very tough listenings.

Can any body say who has recently given the exam...how was the listening section? Was the paper tough or easy as compared to before?

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Jun 04, 2017
Level of IELTS Listening Tests
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I just listened to some and they don't sound like genuine tests, or maybe they were and they have re-recorded them from scripts. They seemed a bit fast for what usually occurs in section 1, which was what I listened to.

To ensure you get a genuine IELTS Listening Test you really need to use the Cambridge books as they own the test. Those will reflect the difficulty level you will hear in the IELTS exam. The difficulty of the tests hasn't changed recently.

But it's perfectly fine to use other tests to practice with. It's all practice and will improve your listening skills wherever it comes from.

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Articles in IELTS Listening

by sam
(saudi arabia)

In the listening the speaker mentioned that the interview was beside the library and in the answer booklet it was written:

"the interview next to ......."

Should I write "the library" or "library"?

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Jun 25, 2017
Articles
by: IELTS buddy

Grammatically that sentence needs an article so you have to put it otherwise it will be wrong.

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