IELTS includes a listening section in its comprehensive test to check whether the student can understand English or not. While listening to people in the native language can be easy, it becomes challenging when asked to understand a non-native accent in a pressured test environment. However, with proper practice and tips, you can get good marks in the listening section. This blog will guide you through the tips you should begin with in order to get a good score in the listening section.
- Improve your general listening ability: Simply practicing tests will not give you many benefits when it comes to the listening section. They will assist you in becoming comfortable with the test, but they will not significantly improve your listening skills. Doing various listening exercises and listening to broad listening materials such as TV shows, documentaries, radio reports, and so on is far more effective. After that, IELTS Listening practice exams are administered.
- Improve Vocabulary: You cannot understand a sentence unless you don’t know the meaning of the words used in it. It is for that reason improving vocabulary is crucial when it comes to understanding the English language. You don’t have to memorize a ton of vocabulary in few days. Instead, you can gradually improve your learning curve by learning at least 10-12 words daily.
- Be Focused: Please keep in mind that you will only hear the audio once, so if you didn’t hear certain words or missed some questions! Leave them blank so you may concentrate on the actual portion. If you don’t go over those questions at the conclusion of the segment, you’ll only miss more questions and become tangled up in the recording. At the same time, you’ll have to read, write, and listen.
- Use a minute to look through each section: At the end of each part, you get 30 seconds to double-check your answers. After that, you’re instructed to turn over and spend 30 seconds looking at the following part. Although IELTS will advise you to double-check what you’ve written, you won’t be able to do so for the preceding part since you won’t be able to hear it again. Instead, skip through to the next section. After that, you’ll have one minute to check through the following part. This is a better use of your time.
- Underline Keywords: To help you hear the answer, underline important terms (such as people, locations, and dates) in the question stems when you first read through the questions, especially in the more difficult sections 3 and 4. However, keep in mind that, as previously said, synonyms are frequently employed.