In lesson one we looked at a form of IELTS listening distractors.
This was when you do multiple choice type questions and you hear all of the possible choices but only one is correct.
You can check out that previous lesson here.
In this lesson we look at another form of distractor which is very common in part one of the IELTS listening test.
This is when you hear a speaker correct him/herself, or the other speaker will correct them.
Basically, the speaker will give you a piece of information and you will think that is the right answer.
But the speaker will then correct what they have said, and the new corrected piece of information will in fact be the right answer.
These two examples of distractors are taken from a real IELTS listening test. The distractor is in red / italics and the correct answer is in blue / underlined.
In this situation, a woman is booking a journey into town for when she arrives at Toronto Aiport. You have to note down the distance of the town, Milton, from the airport.
Take a look at the information you have to find in the question. Below that is a copy of the listening script that you would hear.
As you can see, you will likely at first think that the answer is 150 miles, but it is actually 147 miles.
Here is another example, further on in the same listening when the woman is arranging to book a hire car to make the journey when she arrives.
Again, you will likely at first think the answer is the 16th and start to write that down, but she corrects her mistake and confirms the date she needs the car for is the 17th.
Here is another example taken from another real IELTS test. Here, a careers advisor is trying to help a student to find a part-time job.
In the above example, you think the position is the Computer Lab., but it turns out it is in the Library.
This final example is part of the same test as above.
The advisor is trying to find out the student's room number.
So the room number is 659, not 569.
The most important tip is really just to make sure that you are aware of correction distractors (which you now are!). They also emphasise the importance of listening very carefully.
Here are some general tips
Now you can try putting these IELTS listening distractor tips into practice with some real tests, which are taken from tests on our IELTS Listening Test pages:
This from Test 2, part 1, has a couple of distractors in questions 1-6. Can you spot them?
There is also one here in Test 3, part 1, in questions 1-5. Can you spot it?