Synonyms in IELTS Listening Answers
by Aziz Ch.
(Baku - Azerbaijan)
Dear Sir or Madam,
I would highly appreciate if I could get a definite answer about using synonyms as an answer in the IELTS Listening test.
In sentence or note completion questions such as:
(word limit only one word)
- songs learned by birds exposed to mercury are less _________________ .
In the answer key it says: complex / complicated
In the recording, students hear the word "Complex" but not the word "Complicated".
Is the answer "complicated" accepted as true in the real ielts listening test or it is not accepted as true?
Cambridge IELTS books 10-11-12 (authentic past papers), in their answer key, they accept as true.
For example, the answer for the blank in sentence completion / note completion is "cost (s)" . but "price(s) / bill(s)" are given also as true and accepted answer although there is NO mentioning / or uttered word of price/bill in the recording.
Do they really accept some synonyms as true answers in the listening section of the ielts test? If not, do you think Cambridge official books provide a wrong answer by adding synonyms for some questions?
motorbike/ motorcycle (in the recording motorbike)
complex / complicated (in the recording complex)
cost / price / bill (in the recording cost)
If other answers are not accepted, why do they add these synonyms in the answer key , then ? (listening - note / sentence completion questions)
I would be eternally grateful if you clarify this for me.