Exercises in IELTS Listening

How to Make the Most of IELTS Listening Exercises?

The test is one of the four parts of the IELTS exam. The Listening test is the same for both the Academic and General Training versions of the exam. In this test, you can get the band scores between the numbers one to nine, or half-band scores, such as 8.5, 7.5, 6.5, 5.5, 4.5, 3.5, 2.5 and 1.5. In order to get the maximum band score of nine or an above-average band score of seven, eight, 7.7 or 8.5, you have to prepare well before taking the test.

In order to make the best possible preparation for the test, you can consider the following tips and suggestions.





Know about the IELTS Listening Test Format

The first thing you have to do before starting your Listening test preparation is to know about the test format. The 30 minutes'  test comprises four sections with 10 questions each. You have to write your answers on the question paper as you listen to an audio tape. You must also be aware of the different types of questions you can expect in each section of the Listening test.

Preparing for the IELTS Listening Test

You can prepare for this test of IELTS using practice listening exercises through the following methods:

  • On-campus IELTS course
  • Online IELTS course
  • Self-study

IELTS Listening Exercises

Only if you practice many Listening questions, will you get the speed and tactics to do well in the actual Listening test. Internet is the best source to download a lot of Listening exercises that you can get for free. Some may be available for free, and some may require a cost for downloading. The official website of the IELTS (www.ielts.org) is the best website from where you can download the best and high quality exercises. A few of the other websites from where you can find good Listening exercises are:

http://www.ielts-worldwide.com/ielts-example.htm

http://www.englishonline.org.cn/en/learners/ielts-preparation/listening

http://download.cnet.com/IELTS-Listening-Conqueror/3000-2279_4-10876132.html

Practice the Best IELTS Listening Exercises

It is important to practice many of the best exercises if you want the best score in the Listening test. Practicing the same type of listening exercises will not help you to score well. Hence, it is better to choose the right practice listening exercises related to each section and question types of the Listening test. You can consider the following tips for choosing the best Listening exercises in IELTS:

  • Choose listening questions that help you to answer multiple-choice questions on the Listening test paper.
  • Choose listening exercises that help you to answer matching type questions on the test paper.
  • Choose listening practice questions that help you to answer plan, map, and diagram labeling type questions on the test paper.
  • Choose listening exercises that help you to answer form/ note/ table/ flow-chart/ summary completion type questions on the test section.
  • Choose listening drills that help you to answer sentence-completion questions on the test paper.
  • Choose listening exercises that help you to answer short answer questions on the Listening test.

When you have the exercises of all the above types, you will be ready to answer all the four sections of the Listening test in IELTS. You can download all these listening exercises from the official website of IELTS (www.ielts.org) or directly from the website https://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org/ts/exams/academicenglish/ielts/listening. You can also search over the Internet to get more listening exercises related to the question types appearing in the Listening test.

You have to practice the listening exercises with full concentration. Remember, only through hard work and practice, you can get an above-average or expert score in the test.