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IELTS Listening

Remember those days when your father used to tell you to listen more? Listening is an art and if you are a good listener you might just be able to learn a whole lot of new things. If you are thinking to master the IELTS, you would need to pass the IELTS Listening course too and you need to be really good at understanding what people are saying.

While you might be really good in grammar and know the English language well when it comes to writing it, you may not be that well versed when it comes to understanding an English accent that is not your own. And that's where you would need the right amount of preparation, to pass the IELTS listening test.

A student is required to take the International English Language Testing System or popularly known as a IELTS, before the procurement of the student visa. Choosing IELTS, the student will be able to prove the English language skills, Gain worldwide recognition for study, immigration or work and can chose from a range of est dates and locations across the world. The IELTS Listening test has got four segments and each section bearing ten questions. The questions will be in the same sequence as the information in the recording; which means the answer to the first question will be recorded before the second question.

Types of recording

The first two sections, section 1 and 2 will deal about "everyday, social situations." in the first section, there will be a conversation between two speakers (may be a conversation dealing with travel arrangements. However, in the second section, only one person will speak (which could be about any random social topic). in section 3 and section 4, the listening test will deal with educational and training situations. for example, in section 3, there might be a conversation between two university students in discussion which maybe is guided by a tutor. in the fourth section, however, only one person will speak about the topic of academic subject.

In the listening test, the candidate will hear the recordings only once. British, North American, New Zealand and Australian accents will be produced and the student needs to identify.

The candidate will be given 10 minutes at the end of the test to transfer the answers to an answer sheet. Incorrect spelling and grammar will deduct marks from the answers.

In a nutshell

Type of questions

Multiple choice detailed understanding of specific points and general comprehension of the main points if the recording is important to score.
Matching the most important thing here is to recognize how facts in the recording are connected to each other. The candidate needs to follow the conversation closely.
Plan/map/diagram labeling here, the candidate needs to show his skills in the ability to understand explanations and follow directions
Form/note/table/flow chart/summary completion this will portray the main points which the candidate will write down naturally after listening to the recording.
Sentence completion the test will help to identify the relationship between ideas, events, facts etc.
Short-answer questions this test will able to identify the ability to focus on the facts like places, prices or times.

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