We hope that the tips shared in the first part of this blog are helping you in your IELTS preparation. In addition to the tips shared in our previous blog, here are some more tips and strategies that will make your IELTS preparation easier and would enable you to pave your way to get a band 8:
2. Language of the Study: Ensure that you are familiar with the language of study (dissertation, assignment, and deadline). The IELTS Listening test uses a range of this vocabulary in Sections 3 and 4
3. Follow the Passage Flow: Questions often act as transcripts for the audio clips. This implies that certain key words in the question will definitely be paraphrased in the audio.
- Recognizing keywords help the test taker refer to the exact question whose answer is being provided in the recording. So, even if one question has been missed, others can be answered by closely following the conversation/speech by understanding the keywords as a reference.
- In the case of Fill in the Blanks, it is vital that the type of word/number to be written is understood. It could represent distance/time/names/places. As the type of information is known, it becomes easier to locate it in the listening clips. This ensures an accuracy of the answers.
4. Signpost Words: Similar to the reference words, Signpost words help anticipate the kind of information that may be discussed in the conversation/speech. These words help understand the transition of one sentence to the other. So, pay a lot of attention to words especially to those that present contrast in the sentence such as Although, However, etc. These help determine the exact answer as required.
5. On the Exam Day: It is not enough that you practice incessantly prior to the exam but you should also be able to employ what you have learned during the test. Here are some key points to be adhered to during the test.In
- Listening, use the example, at the beginning of the first section to familiarize yourself with the sound, the situation, and the speakers.
- Keep listening until the recording stops; look only at the questions that relate to the part being played.
- There are often pauses in the recording between different sections. Use these to prepare for the next set of questions.
- Answer Listening questions in the order they appear on the Question Paper. Remember that they normally follow the order of the information in the recording.
- At the end of the recording, you have some time to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet. Check your grammar and spelling as you do so.