IELTS Listening Module

Technological Aids for IELTS Listening Test Preparation

Taking the IELTS has become a priority among students, professionals like doctors, and emigrants to prove their English competency in English speaking countries like Britain, Australia etc. Depending on the purpose of their stay in these countries, the candidates will have to take the Academic or General Training module of the IELTS test accordingly. Out of the four skills that are tested in IELTS i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, candidates taking the Academic or the General Training module will have the same paper for Listening module.

Duration of the IELTS Listening Module

Listening module of IELTS is conducted on the same day as the Reading and Writing modules of the test. It is of 30 minutes duration with extra 10 minutes given to copy down your answers on the answer sheet. You will be given a break during each of the Sections 1, 2 and 3 to allow you to have a look at the following questions during which, you can also take the break to check your answers after each section. However, there is no break given for Section 4.

Types of Questions Asked During IELTS Listening Module

Listening section is divided into four sections with 10 questions in each section. In Section 1 and 2 you will have questions dealing with social situations and Section 3 and 4 will be focussing on educational and training situations. In Section 1 and 3 you will hear a conversation between two speakers and in Section 2 and 4 there will be a monologue such as a speech about local facilities or academics etc. You will be asked a variety of questions in the Listening test such as multiple-choice, matching, plan/diagram/map, diagram labelling, sentence completion etc.

How to Prepare for IELTS Listening Module

Preparing for Listening  requires a great deal of listening practice. Considering the fact that the record is played only once, wherein you will be listening to a wide range of accents such as those from Australia, Britain, New Zealand and America, can make things worse if you have not practised adequately. The experience of listening to someone in person is different from that of listening it on record where the chances of being misheard are high. One popular source to improve your listening skills for Listening module is the internet wherein you can subscribe to an online course. Also, you can make use of the number of free practice sites that are available; in addition you can also prepare for the listening test using the radio or television such as listening to talk shows, watching movies, news channels etc all of which can make a difference.

Precautions to be Taken for IELTS Listening Module

  • Before the record is played you will be given sometime to go through all the questions in the Listening test, so read the questions carefully and once the record begins to play, BE ALERT. For, at the beginning of each section you will hear a short description of the situation you are about to listen to which will give information of who the speakers are, where they are and what the general topic is about. Since the description is not written in the question paper you cannot allow yourself to be distracted.

  • The questions in all the sections of the Listening test follow the order in which the information occurs in the recording, so jot down the answers quickly.

  • Each answer carries one mark so when you are given a break after each section, go through your answers to check on your spellings, grammar, word limit etc. all of which could make you lose your marks.

  • The questions in the Listening module get difficult with each section so keep your focus and don't let yourself get distracted by copying the answers on the answer sheet. You will be given extra 10 minutes to do so.

On a passing note, don't get yourself uptight with the thought of taking the Listening section of the test. It is a simple test of your English language competency.

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