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CELPIP Listening Tips
Before the Test
One way to improve your ability to predict is to listen to a recorded video, news program, radio interview, or podcast.
Repeat the sentence.
Gradually increase the length of what you repeat. You do not have to repeat the words exactly; the goal is to increase the amount you remember.
One way to improve your ability to predict is to listen to a recorded video, news program, radio interview, or podcast. You can also practice your CELPIP Listening with these Ted Talks.
As you listen, pause every minute or so and predict what will happen next and what you will hear next.
Write down any words that you expect to hear, and then check to see how many of them you hear.
Keep practicing until your accuracy improves.
Practice listening for specific information.
One way of practicing listening for information is to:
Pick a video, news program, radio interview, or podcast, and listen for specific information.
Listen for What, Where, Who, Why, When, and How.
Listen again for any words that you didn’t catch the first time.
Listen to Current Affairs Programs
Listen to current affairs programs to familiarize yourself with phrases and vocabulary.
CELPIP Listening Tips
During the Test
Know Your Tenses
Make sure you recognize the difference between tenses and between the active and passive voice.
Don’t lose points for thinking something is in the past when it is just passive.
Look for keywords or keyphrases in the questions. Use these to help you identify answers.
There may be more than one keyword or keyphrase.
Keywords and keyphrases can appear before or after the answer.
Predict the Answers
Use all the clues, both visual and spoken, to predict the answers.
Watch For Synonyms
Watch and listen for synonyms.
The answer alternatives often use synonyms to check the strength of your vocabulary.
Improve your synonyms and vocabulary with the Free Rice program.
Watch and listen to the videos carefully.
Pay attention to the situation and the background in the video.
Look for clues that reveal the relationship between the speakers.
Watch for clues that reveal the mood and level of formality.
Check your grammar
Your answer must be grammatically correct.
Make sure you select the alternative that is in the correct form – it may be a synonym!
* is it a noun, verb, adjective or adverb?
* singular nouns must have an article.
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