IELTS listening test is about testing your ability to hear the information perfectly and answer all the questions given. Of course, it takes practices and strategies. There are several things you need to know about this part of the IELTS test. In this article, we are going to show you several essential things you need to know when it comes to a listening session of IELTS
Predict the topic
By predicting the topic, you will listen to the material much easier. You can also spot what kind of conversation played by the record as well as where the conversation taking place. You have a little time to look through every section while you are listening to the record. Make sure you already figure out who speaks to whom along with the context of the conversation.
Predict the questions
While listening to the material and record, you need also try to figure out what kind of information you are currently listening to. For examples, you are currently listening to addresses, numbers, and names. You can look up at the questions once you are given and then find out what things that will need to go in space. These things are applicable to the IELTS academic as well. Once you have caught the hints from the conversation, you will know the answer when the questions show up.
Careful with the question
In some cases, there will be a table and you need to complete it. Other than the table, it could also in forms of charts, or diagrams. The questions are not necessarily starting from left to the right. This is why you need to be careful while checking the progression. Otherwise, it is very possible to make you overwhelmed and confused with anything you listen and read.
Look at two questions at once
Why should I do this? Well, the answers of two questions might be close. You need to do this because you may miss one of them if you only take a look at one question at once. Other than that, it is very possible if you are going to miss the answer without knowing it. Always looking at two questions will let you know that you are still in the first question or have been moving on.
Move on if you miss the answer
If you finally realized that you missed an answer then you better immediately move on to the next question. You only have a very limited time in this section. We believe that you can guess the answer later before you transfer the answer paper at the end of the session. It is important to not panic even though you have missed two or more answers. It will not decrease your band score after all.
Ignore the difficult words
You will find so many words that you do not usually find in your daily life. If it happened then you must let it go. It might be not worth to find out after all and this thing also happens in IELTS general.