Mama always said Listen before you Speaksome random guy on the internet
And she said it well. Listening is an important skill that a lot of us don’t have. You can only respond well if you listen to what they say and process it well.
Besides, while people do repeat what they say if you keep on ignoring what they say and don’t listen well, but not everyone does. Listening to our normal conversation is hard enough, but when the language is our native one, we will miss out on a lot of information if we don’t listen well.
Maybe that is why IELTS placed such importance on the listening skill and included this test in its exams. If we listen to the complaints of those who have given this test, it is one of the hardest tests in the IELTS exams.
11 FAQ’s for the Listening test of the IELTS exam
Since IELTS is an important exam for a lot of us. Since a lot of people are not that great at listening, it is natural that there are quite a lot of questions about the listening exam. Add the fact that you don’t get question paper but instead are given recorded audio to listen and this makes the listening test even more mysterious.
So to answer the burning and most questions in the mind of many Nepali follow ing are some of the frequently asked questions in regards to the Listening test of IELTS exam.
1) What are the types of recording that will be played in a Listening Test?
The type of questions that will be played will depend on the section you are in. In the first section, you will need to listen to a general conversation. This will be followed by a general monologue in the section after which you will need to listen to an academic conversation. The final question of the listening test will be an Academic monologue.
The good news is that these question patterns won’t change so you can expect the type of questions you will need to listen to.
2) How much time will you have to read the questions?
You will have 30 seconds to preview questions before each session of audio plays. There will be one short break in the recording to allow you to review the question.
Due to this reason, you should always listen carefully to the instruction carefully as they will tell you about the parts that will be asked in the following questions.
3) How many times are the passages played?
The passages will be played only once – that is why you should listen carefully. If you miss a question or don’t know the answer, guess quickly and move on to the next one as it will not be repeated.
4) What are the accents that might appear in the listening audio?
The simplest advice for this question is – be prepared well because there is no guarantee on the accents that appear a lot. You might have any accents along with their regional variants including but not limited to British, Australian, American, Scott, Irish, Scouse, Brummie, and Welsh.
5) What are the types of questions in the IELTS Listening Test?
There are a few types of questions that you may get in an IELTS listening test. They are:
– Short questions
– Summary answers
– Full sentences
6) What if one doesn’t spell the answer correctly?
In the listening tests, minor spelling and grammar mistakes are usually ignored since this test is meant to check how well you can listen.
7) What spelling should one use?
Just like how you are given the question in different accents, you can spell in different spelling formats. As long as you keep the spelling format constant, it doesn’t matter if your spelling is British or American.
8) How is the IELTS Listening score calculated?
You will be scored out of the 40 marks in the examination which will be turned into a scale from 1 to 9 as per the IELTS score calculator
9) What is the adequate IELTS score to enter a university?
The minimum requirements change from university to university. But regardless of this, your aim should be at the very least 6 on the IELTS score system. This score is average so you would be able to get into a few universities.
10) what does “two words and/or number” mean?
This means that you can answer the question with two words and a number in a way similar to “69 local men”. Additionally, you can also answer in one word and one number like “69 women” but you must not exceed two words with a number.
11) How can one Improve their listening for this test?
There are a few ways in which you can improve your listening skills. You can try listening to the IELTS practice test to get into the flow. At the same time, you can also listen to audiobooks to get familiar with a wide range of topics and practice your focus.
If you are opting for audiobooks, you can try audio in different accents of English as well to get familiar with how the words are pronounced in each accent as well.
So the conclusion is that the listening test IELTS is a hard one where you need to have a good attention span to ace it. A few seconds of diversion may lead you to miss a big chunk of information that can very well determine whether you score good or bad in this test. Along with this, you also need to understand a wide range of accents which can be quite hard – especially if you are not familiar with the accents beforehand.
So all in all, listening tests not only tests your attention, but it also tests how well you can understand certain accents and how quickly you can grasp the key points and remember their answer as well.
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