If you aim to secure a high band score on the IELTS exam, you just can’t afford to neglect any of the sections on the test. The Listening section being slightly trickier than the other sections calls for smart handling and proper preparation.
Get the process right: quickly review the questions before you listen to the track.
Once the tape script starts playing you get fully engrossed in it and concentrate to assimilate what you hear. This is often possible but often not; some of the information is lost in transit and when you are expected to recall it accurately you fail. So, reading the questions beforehand works much better because it limits the focus of the memory and puts less strain on it. When you have a better idea of the questions, you tend to listen more specifically and get the answer quickly and more correctly. In fact, the most convenient part of the IELTS Listening section is that you are directed to spend time to look at a few questions and then listen to the script pertaining to them.
Write while you listen: Take Notes; Develop your own Shorthand!
Another effective test tool is jotting down. You don’t need to write down several words or full sentences; imply jot down some of the information that you find difficult or confusing or feel that you’ll forget by the time the tape ends. Also, as we just discussed earlier, glancing through the questions before you listen to the tape proves helpful; simply write down information that is specific to the questions you read before listening to the tape.And don’t forget – while jotting down, use a shorthand that you can later decode.
Answer the Questions Well
Answering the Listening section questions requires skills other than just understanding and assimilating information. It is not uncommon for students to jeopardize their scores of the Listening section by ignoring the small details. For example, if the answer is the name of a street or of a person – a Proper noun – make sure to write the answer starting in upper case (eg. Peterson not peterson); also, pay heed to the instructions and adhere to the word limit strictly. So, if you are required to complete a sentence with a 3 word answer and the correct answer is blue rain coat, make sure you write “blue rain coat” and not “blue coloured rain coat”, or “rain coat of blue colour,” otherwise your answer will be wrong. You also need to spell correctly. Wrong spellings will invite problems and you will lose the entire mark for the question. The IELTS does help out with the spellings of some words – say the name of a person – by spelling it out in the script. Make sure you note the spelling down and enter it correctly on the answer sheet.
Using these handy tips that do not need a herculean effort to implement, get down to a productive training session and look forward to a good score for your efforts!!!