April 9, 2021

IELTS Listening Tips and Tricks | How I got a band 9

Hi there! It's Asiya.

I've just taken mycomputer-based IELTS exam in London.

Here is my result.

Last year I also tooka paper-based exam and I got a band 9 score in my IELTS Listening.

So in thisvideo I want to share my tips with you.

I'm going to make similar videos about eachsection of the IELTS exam and publish them in the coming weeks.

Now let'sget started! let me quickly tell you about the testformat and then we dive into tips so IELTS listening is the same in bothacademic and general training exams it lasts for 30 minutes and includes 40questions which are split into four sections and questions get harder as youprogress through the test you need to answer 30 questions correctly to get a 7or 35 questions to get an 8 and I would say the main difficulty of IELTS listening is the lack of time so I'm gonna talk about how you can manage yourtime more effectively during this test in order to answer more questions if youtake a paper-based exam you're gonna get question sheets and an answer sheet sowhile you're listening to the recording you mark your answers on question sheetsand then event you're gonna get extra ten minutes to transfer your answersthat's more than enough time if you take a computer-based exam you answerdirectly on the screen so you don't need those ten minutes and they're only gonnagive you two basically that's enough to check youranswers you may only need to check those where you write down type words andcheck your spelling you may need to think about how to spell a certain wordsso that's it two minutes was enough for me a big advantage of a computer-basedtest is that you always get earphones and you can hear everything clearly in apaper-based exam you may get earphones in some of the centers but quite oftenyou're just in a room full of people with loud speakers and it's not as clearat all I actually have a separate video where I talk about all the differencesbetween a paper-based and computer-based exam and you can watch it to decidewhich format is better for you I'm gonna link it here as listening is a hard testbecause it's difficult to understand what they're sayingin there recording but because you need to listen read and write almost at thesame time it's a test of your concentration and ability to manage yourtime your seconds in a very precise way basically I know that if I put myself ina situation where I read the question for the first time while listening tothe recording I'm unlikely to find out so I'm just gonna miss it so I need toread questions before I listen to the recording and let the idea in the testbecause when it starts they give you a few seconds to read questions and youreally need to use that time to the maximum so as soon as you see the tasklike don't read the task don't think about anything try to read all thequestions in this section and before the recording starts come back and look atthe first and second question to know what you're expecting then you listen tothe first recording and they tell you you have some time to revise youranswers don't do that immediately go to coming questions and keep on reading andmemorizing them that's the biggest tip I think the biggest thing you can do inorder to improve your skull and I would say always try to keep an eye on twoquestions your question and the next question you'll see questions where thequestion itself is quite low and then you have several long options so whenyou're reading them before the recording startstry to pay attention to key words in each of them in each option then whenyou listen to the recording you'll be able to make– them more easily and theymay give you let's say four options and they're going to talk about each of themin the recording and most likely they're gonna say something like initially Ithought it would be this one but then it turned out to be wrong but that onewhich we didn't explain March frog turned out to be the bestsomething like that and they're going to mention all of them and their opinionwill be changing as soon as you hear that a certain option is wrong justcross it out straight away it really helps in a paper-based exam in acomputer-based exam unfortunately you don't have such an option so you have topay even closer attention to key words one more tip if you take a paper-basedexam keep the task in your hand and always remember if you need to choose aword or a letter for example in this task if you wrote down the word film itwould be an incorrect answer you need to write let it be and if youdon't know what the answer is make a guess you don't lose points forincorrect answers anyway now let me talk you through someof the most difficult types of tasks in those listening you always get questionswhen you need to feel a gap and the task would be right now a lot more than onewords or a number almost more than three words and a number and what you can dohere is you can read your question your sentence and think what kind of word cango there predict the answer would it be a noun a verb or an adjective what kindof information are you expecting would it be a street name a flat number ormaybe color try to guess what kind of answer you might get event it will bemuch easier for you to recognize the word when you hear it pay attention tosingular and plural nouns it matches and how you can sometimes check yourselfjust read the whole sentence and see if it's grammatically correct once youwrite down those words your sentence has to be grammatically correct and let meshow you an example let's say our sentences and the company is looking torecruit University and then we either need to write graduate Oh graduates butthen writing it is singular we need an indefinite article which should go infront of the word University a university graduate but we don't have atribe's so it has to be plural the company is looking to recruit Universitygraduates then how you can check yourself sometimes and remember spellingmatters you have to spell the word correctly in order to get a point foryour answer but it doesn't matter whether you spelled words using theBritish or American spelling in a test you will always have to write somethingdown it may be a surname or a name of the street in this case usually theypronounce the word first and then they spell it out but thespelling will be really weird for example someone may say all my sanam isbrown and you think of the word brown but then they're spoiling it's gonna beabsolutely different like much longer and not what you expect at all beprepared for that quite often you need to write out a telephone number that'swhat I had in my exam actually when someone gives a telephone number inEnglish they don't say zero they say oh oh seven oh five if you have two digitswhich are the same it's double you know James Bond double oh seven and threedigits which are the same is triple triple seven seven seven seven actuallyI had a telephone number and a handin name of a number of a flat and it wassomething like 17 e yeah in the UK a flat can have a number and a letter 17 86 B so don't be too surprised there are three typestasks where you need to read a lot of the first one is multiple-choicequestions that's where you have a question andfour options usually options are quite long or you may have a question and sixoptions ending and then you need to choose to you which are correct so herethe main difficulty is to read everything before the recording startsso try to put as much time as you can into reading identify key words in eachoption if you take a paper-based exam you can highlight key words for examplein my exam these were roses chocolate candles andthen as soon as I hear is something about roses I know which option they'retalking about and then I can check if what they say and what's written in thisoption are the same things all my option is actually incorrect and if it'sincorrect and you take a paper-based exam then you can cross it out straightaway it really helps because then you have to choose between fewer options ina computer-based exam you can't cross out incorrect answers and you have toconcentrate on key words and just memorize which answers are wrong so it'sa bit more challenging I find that those tasks are easier in a paper-based examsometimes you get a map it can be a map from a building let's say a library or amap of a town and then you need to find where some objects things are located soalways remember about directions gnosis and the top south is at the bottom isWest like on any map and it's important because you will hear things like youneed to go to the north or to the south so you should know which way you need togo and always make sure you find the starting point before the recordingstarts only then you can follow where you need to go once you reach the end ofthe test in a paper-based exam you'll have ten minutes to transfer youranswers to the answer sheet in a computer-based exam you have two minutesto check your answers basically check that all the words you ride out arespelled correctly and also try to read whole sentences to see if the sentenceis grammatically correct that's the best thing you can do in those two minutesand don't leave any questions unanswered if you don't know what the answer isjust make a guess these are my IELTS listening tips and if you've alreadytaken an odds exam let me know what score did you get and if you want tolearn more about the differences between a computer-based and paper based examsthen watch my video and I'm gonna publish new videos about each section ofthe IELTS exam and my tips in the coming weeks thank you for watching me todaygood luck with your preparation and your exam one.

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