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IELTS listening section- prepare the right way

Posted on September 7, 2020
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If you want to become a more proficient language learner, it’s important to increase your vocabulary range. It is important to understand words and know how to use them and write them correctly, and will help you perform better in the IELTS Listening Test. However, if your answer is spelled incorrectly and since you are being tested for understanding what you hear, your ‘correct’ answer will be marked as incorrect.

It’s important to increase your vocabulary range if you want to become a more proficient language learner. It is important to understand words and know how to use them and write them correctly, and in the IELTS Listening Test this will help you perform better.

Here is more information on the most commonly used words in all four parts of the IELTS Listening test and tips on how to spell English words correctly.

Part 1: Familiar vocabulary

Basic vocabulary you would have studied when you first learn English is included in the Listening Test, Part 1. In an everyday social setting you’ll hear a conversation between two people. The used vocabulary will be familiar word groups related to daily life, dates , times, places, activities, work and leisure activities.

Although these words are commonly used, they are often incorrectly spelled, this leads to loss of valuable marks in the easiest part of the Listening test.

Part 2: A monologue, speech or talk

In this part you will hear a monologue that’s set in the context of everyday life. You might hear a talk about local facilities, describe a recreation center layout, or you’ll hear a description of the rooms in a particular building. In this part of the test, there are a variety of question types and some questions may involve maps so there is vocabulary that can be useful to know.

The first piece of advice if you see a map or diagram is to write L and R on either side of your booklet, to make sure you don’t confuse your right with your left! Drawing a compass with the points North, South, East and West would also be useful if you haven’t already done this. Remember, you’ll be nervous when you’re under test conditions, and may confuse left with right.

Part 3: A conversation between people

You’ll hear a conversation between up to four people in Part 3 of the IELTS Listening test. For example, a university lecturer discussing an assignment with two students will generally set up this conversation within an educational or training context.

Part 4: a university lecture

You’ll hear a conversation between up to four people in Part 3 of the IELTS Listening test.

For example, a university lecturer discussing an assignment with two students

will generally set up this conversation within an educational or training context.

For this part of the test, familiarising yourself with academic vocabulary related to learning, studying and evaluating may be helpful.

While Part 4 is the most challenging part of the IELTS Listening test, the vocabulary used is still common knowledge. Part 4 is also based on academics, so a variety of topics could be spoken on. This can include health, countries and continents, environment, animals etc.

Try to be knowledgeable on a variety of topics and have a good range of vocabulary to discuss those topics to help you feel confident in the Listening Test as well as the rest of the IELTS test

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