IELTS Academic : Listening tips
The Listening section of the IELTS Academic is the same as that of General. The section takes 30 minutes during which test takers have to listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by different speakers. Based on this listening, they have to write answers to a series of questions.
The first section has a conversation between two people. The second involves a monologue; the third is a conversation between three to four people in an educational or training set-up; the fourth is a monologue on an academic subject.
Listening section requires practice and a few tips may be handy:
- The best thing to do is to read the questions before listening. As a result, you will know what you are listening for. This will save time.
- Take notes while listening or do the writing and listening simultaneously. This is important because it is hard to remember what you heard in the end.
- Figure out a way to remember names and spellings. Like if a common name such as James is used, write J in your notes and elaborate it in the final draft. Learn shorthand if possible beforehand or develop your own way of writing in short forms to help you take notes during the exam.
- As far as possible, never leave any blanks. There is no negative marking so you may as well take a guess and write the answer.
- During the exam, always focus on the question. Apart from great listening skills, you will also need good comprehension and deduction skills. Listen after reading the question and focus on what the question is specifically asking.
- While preparing for the listening section, use multiple subjects. Check out youtube and search for IELTS listening. Listen to all kinds of material but focus a lot on academic videos/audios for practice.
- Practise taking notes while listening. Practise how you will use short-forms to write more in less time and how you will deduce them later.
The Listening Section becomes challenging more due to the time constraint and hence can be cracked only through practice.