IELTS Listening Tips

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IELTS Preparation Tips

Before the Test

Practice Remembering.

One way to improve your ability to predict is to listen to a recorded video, news program, radio interview, or podcast.

Use the pause button to stop the CELPIP writing tipsrecording at the end of a sentence.

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.

Practice Predicting.

One way to improve your ability to predict is to listen to a recorded video, news program, radio interview, or podcast.

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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.

Who What When Where Why

Clean up Your Tenses

Practice your tenses. Know your tenses inside out, back to front, and upside down!

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.

You can use our books to review your basic tenses and perfect tenses and improve your vocabulary at the same time!

Listen to Current Affairs Programs

Listen to current affairs programs to familiarize yourself with phrases and vocabulary.

Listen to how people express themselves about current affairs.

Ted talks – you can listen to most Ted Talks both with and without subtitles: just click on the ‘transcript’ button. We suggest trying to understand the context first and then listening for specific words and phrases the third or fourth time.

Some 5 minute talks include:

– Less Stuff, more happiness
– Weekday Vegetarian
– How the jump rope got its rhythm
– Reading the mind is hard to do
– Try something new for thirty days
– The history of cemeteries
– Five ways to listen better
– Heartburn
– Stress and memory
– How playing an instrument benefits your brain

IELTS Preparation Tips

During the Test

Do not leave any answer blank

Make a logical guess if you can’t identify the answer. IELTS General writing tipsDo not leave any answer blank.

There’s always as chance you’ll pick the right one!


Use keywords

Use keywords or keyphrases in the questions to help you find answers.

There may be more than one keyword, and it, or they, may appear before or after the answer.

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Listen to examples carefully

Listen to examples carefully because they:

* illustrate the form that your answer must take.
* provide information about the main topic that helps you predict what is to come.


Provide your answer in the correct form

Always provide your answer in the correct form.

If the gap requires a noun, use a noun, if it requires an adjective, use an adjective.

If your answer is a singular noun make sure it has an article.

Be precise!


Check your grammar

Your answers must be grammatically correct:

* is it a noun, verb, adjective or adverb?
* singular nouns must have an article.
* Proper nouns must have capitals

Check your spelling

Always check your spelling, especially if the word is spelled out for you.



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