The listening section in IELTS is the same for students appearing for academic tests or general tests. Students are tested with the same set of questions and the same set of audio clips. The scoring pattern and marking is also the same. The listening section is one of the relatively easier sections in the IELTS. It has 4 sections with 40 questions. You can also use all uppercase or lowercase to answer, except for in special word cases.
There are different types of questions that can appear in the test. Which question will appear in which test is unpredictable making it important to study each possible question format in detail.
This article will share some simple and effective tips to help you solve the flowchart type questions. To begin with here is an example from one of the tests.
Here are some tips to help you solve flowchart type questions
1. Numbering the Flowcharts
Some flowcharts will have a straightforward flow but some will not. Here are examples of two different flowcharts. The trick here is to understand the relationship and effect information has on the flow. In the second flowchart example although the flow seems to be in a certain sequence because of the arrows, the numbering of the clues shows you another sequence. We suggest you look at the numbering because that is the sequence the answers will follow in the audio clip. Before you begin, take a look at both to avoid confusion.
2. Understand the Grammar
Take a look at the grammar of the sentences. If there is an article before the gap like ‘a’, the answer will most likely be a noun or noun phrase. In the above example, the sentence ‘nuclear power generates….’ Is bound to have a unit of measurement or the end product of the reaction as an answer since nuclear power generates either one.
3. Mapping the answers
There are two types of possible tasks, one with options to choose from and the other without. When you are faced with a question with choices, take minute to map possible answers to the questions using common sense. This will take away the pressure of discovering the answers and you will listen to the audio only to confirm your answers.
4. Gauging the idea
Try to gauge or understand the idea as whole behind the flowchart before you start answering questions. Making a conscious effort and putting in a minute to get the idea can dramatically improve your cognitive abilities while listening to the audio clip.
5. Go with the flow
This one is obvious yet an easily forgotten tip. The answers will come sequentially. It is important to know at what stage the speaker is to be able to map it effectively to the flow chart since an answer will appear every 30 to 40 seconds.
6. Highlight the keywords
Underline keywords to look out for in the clip. For example, in the above diagram, there is a reference related to the world’s electricity. The answer clearly requires information which defines the relationship between nuclear power and total world electricity produced. Underlining the keywords and understanding the subject will help you pick up the clue the moment you hear highlighted words.
7. Jot down the important points
Write your answers on a sheet of paper before transferring it onto the final sheet. This step is essential to check if your answers are making sense in the sequence and also to make sure that you are adhering to the word count. Since the flowchart type questions are short and crisp you have to try and ignore additional or unnecessary information from the audio clip.
8. Do Spell check
The accents used may vary. The IELTS is an international test but the main accents you will come across are British and American. Practice familiarizing yourself with the help of BBC radio. IELTS accepts British as well as American English spelling. Make sure to check your spellings as it will lead to a deduction if wrong.
9. Avoid memorising
Don’t try to memorise or understand everything while listening. The test is built to understand your comprehending abilities, not memory. Even if you do not understand the topic at all, you only need to hear the right words to be able to answer. Sometimes the speaker may present an idea or talk on a topic you don’t agree with or relate to. In such cases, it is important to maintain a neutral stand point and keep listening.
The listening section in IELTS is one of the easier sections and can help you raise your average exponentially if you practice enough and keep simple tips in mind.
The listening section in IELTS is the same for students appearing for academic tests or general tests. Students are tested with the same set of questions and the same set of audio clips. The scoring pattern and marking is also...
One might wonder why this particular type of question requires so much attention. Well, in all honesty it probably doesn’t but knowing the trick to solving each question type in the IELTS listening section makes all the difference between a band 9 and a band 8 or 7. In this article we delve deeper into why the completion type questions are something that require immense attention and knowledge.
The last section, a monologue by a lecturer or professor on an academic topic, will generally have the completion type questions.
Let us look at these questions from a sample paper.
Complete the sentences with not more than 2 words
Common levels of fluorescent lighting in offices are sufficient to elevate …………………… (blood pressure)
Lengthy daily exposure to moderately ……………… (high lighting) leads to diminished sexual performance.
Several studies suggest a link between exposure to light at night and risk of ………………. (breast cancer)
The risk of breast cancer increases due to ………………. (suppression) of nocturnal production of melatonin.
This particular audio clip is about light pollution and the effects of it on human health. The instructions are short and crisp here but essential. We’ve included correct answers to help you understand paraphrasing which we will talk about below.
Tips to solve completion type questions:
1. Scan the questions
It is essential to get an idea of what to look out for in the audio clip once you begin. Before you begin, scan the questions for keywords, the words before and after the gap and make a note of it. This holds true for not just this section but for your overall IELTS examination.
For example: This particular question clearly suggests that the answer is going to be a human condition which isn’t favourable, most likely a disease. In this case the correct answer is breast cancer.
Several studies suggest a link between exposure to light at night and risk of ……………….
2. Paraphrasing is essential
When you are instructed to keep to a word limit there are no exceptions. If you exceed it, it will lead to deductions. For example, in the above question, the correct answer is ‘breast cancer’ even though the audio may say ‘breast cancer in women’. You have to make such decisions all the time in the sentence completion type of questions. Make sure that you are answering the question correctly and paraphrasingwhere needed.
3. Learn to focus for longer periods of time
The answers are sequential and will be heard in gaps of 40 seconds. This isn’t an absolute but more or less the case. So, when you start an audio make sure you click in whenever you start to faze out. It is very common to miss essential information when you aren’t completely focused. In case you are unable to answer a question do not panic as this will only lead to you missing out on more information. For practice listen to podcasts or BBC radio and try to memorize the essence of each piece by remembering keywords.
4. You don’t need to understand everything
It may happen that you come across a topic that you have no idea about or cannot understand. This happens more often than not and it is no reason to panic. You should only be able to answer the questions, this isn’t a vocabulary test where you need to understand each word. So, keep calm and keep hunting. There is no negative scoring luckily. For example, this sentence may not make complete sense to you but what you need to look out for is what increases the risk of breast cancer. So, the moment you hear the speaker talk about breast cancer perk up those ears and tune in immediately.
The risk of breast cancer increases due to ………………. (suppression) of nocturnal production of melatonin.
5. Make rough notes
Common mistake is to transfer the answers straight onto the answer sheet without taking time to cross check instructions and the spelling of your answers. BIG mistake! Always dedicate 5 minutes to revision for all the sections. Especially for the listening section it is essential as you cannot revisit the clip and make sure you got it. You get only one shot at it. Make sure you note down the answers against the correct question number so that you don’t forget in the random jumble of words in your rough…
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The diagram labeling question is a common listening section task. It can appear as the second, third or sometimes fourth task.Before you start feeling that diagram labeling should be as easy as filling a children’s color book, take a look at how you can be out-smarted by this seemingly simple task.
There are different kinds of labelling tasks within the diagram labelling tasks. There is one where you will be given options to choose the correct answer from and another format where you will simply have to fill in the blanks.
Sample of question type 1
Choose SIX answers from the box and write the correct letter, A – H , next to questions 11 – 16 .
A King’s chamber
B Grand gallery
C Subterranean chamber
D Descending passage
E Queen’s chamber
F Entrance chamber
G Ascending passage
H Satellite pyramid
Sample of questions type 2
In this question type, you simply have to fill in the blanks as you hear them in a chronological order.
There will be no options to choose from in this type of task and you have to depend on what you hear to complete the task unlike the question type 1.
Voice clip: Voice_180915_5
Write the correct answer in 2 or less words in front of the serial numbers
The Brownie Camera
Tips to solving diagram labeling questions
Check the diagram and predict the kind of information you will hear. For example, in the first diagram it is clear that it is a pyramid that needs labeling. The sound clip will probably tell you which is where with respect to a certain element in the diagram. Like – the queens chamber is located under the kings’ chamber.
Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary used in these tasks. You will be guided through the diagram like a map, so knowing what diagonally, vertically or which is east and which is west is essential. Here is a small list you can refer to:
At the bottom/base
To the west/ To the left
To the east/ To the right of
In the centre/in the corner
On the outside/inside
The base/the foundation
You will hear the answers in a chronological order so make sure you are ready to answer from the word go. This applies to all sections of the listening test.
In the first type of sample questions you will have to write the correct letter in place of the right answer, not the answer itself. This mean that if for 13 the correct answer is E – Queens chamber then you will write ‘E’ and not ‘Queens Chamber’ as the answer. You will invariably have more options than the correct answers and you have to choose from them.
Read the instructions well so that you don’t mix up the word count or the correct format of writing the answer. This will lead to deductions if done incorrectly. For example – Sample 1 needs to be answered with a single alphabet whereas the second one needs to be answered in less than 2 words.
There will be extra information in the audio clip. Don’t get confused. Know that each answer is paced out in gaps of 30 or 40 second and are chronological in order. Be patient when you start listening as there will be trick questions and answers to confuse you. For example – the camera audio clip will have information on how much the camera cost, when it was invented and who invented. All this information is at the beginning. Zone in quickly to catch the important information.
Make quick notes before answering the question. You can use all the space available to you in the rough notes. Cross check if you got the right sequence or if your answers make logical sense. Grammatical and spelling mistakes are possible if one is not careful. For example – there could be mention of the Queens chamber as well as the Queens courtyard. Knowing the difference is crucial. You could also get caught off guard with the extra options in the first type of sample questions.
The diagram labeling question is a common listening section task. It can appear as the second, third or sometimes fourth task.Before you start feeling that diagram labeling should be as easy as filling a children’s color book, take a look...
You may come across flow chart type of questions in IELTS listening exam, probably in Section 2. This is another form of diagram questions where you need to fill the flowchart by listening to the audio.
A flowchart is a kind of step by step instruction diagram or illustrative diagram related to the information in the audio. You will find some text as well along with some blanks in the statements which you need to complete. The statements are actually short sentences, not long ones. There are arrows or lines in between the text or statements which may be in the upward or downward direction. The flow chart can also be in horizontal or vertical directions.
Now let's look at 3 powerful tips to solve flowchart completion questions.
1. Audio Information Always Flows in Sequence
Like in all the questions in the IELTS listening module, you can keep in mind that the information in the audio always flows in the order of questions in the flowchart. Since flowchart is in the form of short steps, you need to focus on the important information in the audio and avoid any extended information or extra information. If you follow the order, it would be too easy for you to solve the flowchart question easily.
2. Underline Keywords in the Sentences
As said above, you find small sentences in the flowchart question in IELTS listening. Within 30 seconds, when you quickly read the flowchart question, you can underline important words as well. These highlighted keywords you can focus on while listening to the audio. While you look for keywords to underline, you can highlight main words such as nouns, verbs etc. and also, you can underline words that are near the blank. For example, keywords are underlined in the flow chart as below:
The XYZ company welcomes all the job seekers on the careers portal. On the website of XYZ , in order to apply for a job, you can first visit the career page where you can see a number of available vacancies along with the job descriptions. Out of the available opportunities, you can choose the job you wish to make an application for and once you choose, an online form will appear where you can enter your details such as name, email and your mobile numbers. Uploading your resume is mandatory while you may or may not write cover letter . After you have filled the online form, just click on the submit button in order to finish your job application. You can now await for response from the HR regarding your application.
Go to ............ website -> Visit ........ page ->check..........and job descriptions -> Select ......you want to apply -> Fill your name ,.............and phone numbers -> Attach your ...........->Attach ............ ( optional )-> Click on .........
In the above audio conversation, answers have been highlighted and in the question above, keywords have been underlined.
3. Keep in Mind Word Instruction
The word instruction plays a key role in IELTS listening and hence you need to be very careful about it while writing your answers. Whenever you feel that your answer comes out to be of more than 3 words, it would be definitely incorrect because in IELTS listening, you never have to write answer in more than 3 words.
Let’s say, you think your answer is of 4 words. In that case, there could be two possibilities. Your answer is either incorrect or you need to adjust it within 3 words. For example, “in the next day” is of 4 words which you can adjust in 3 words as “in next day”. Thus, you may remove articles, prepositions etc. such as “you”, “the”, “in”, “of” etc. in order to adjust your answer but make sure that it makes sense…
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One of the tricky questions apart from multiple choice questions in IELTS listening are the matching heading type of questions. As it can be determined by the term itself, matching heading involves matching a list of questions to another list of options.
In these questions, you may find one-to-one or one-to-many type of questions. One-to-one matching heading questions mean that if question no. 1 matches with option no. C, then C cannot be the answer for any other question. However, one-to-many type of questions mean that if question no. 1 matches with option no. C, then C can also be the answer to another question. Here comes the difficulty in solving such questions. Hence, one-to-many questions are comparatively difficult than one-to-one questions.
Here we have listed 4 proven tips to solve these questions
1. Audio Information is Always in Order
The foremost thing you can keep in mind is that the audio conversation in matching heading questions, like in other questions, is always heard in the same order as the order of questions. So, you need to concentrate on the audio accordingly. Also, it is important that you are aware of the transition point which means you need to be attentive when the speaker has stopped talking about the question and moved on to the next question. This is what you need to careful check.
2. Keep your Eyes and Ears Open
The most important tip that works absolutely the best in matching heading question of IELTS listening is that you need to keep your eyes focused on all the options so that you can choose the right one, while you have to keep your ears open at the same time so that you can track the information well for each of the options. It is important to do so to avoid getting messed up in between or to prevent getting confused. If you lose your grip with the audio and the options, you won’t be able to find the right answer and at the end, you would be left with one option and that is to guess your answer.
3. Underline Keywords in Options
The best strategy that works out well in all the IELTS listening questions works well in matching heading type of questions also. It will be helpful especially in the case when you have long statements as your options. Hence, you can underline the important meaningful words in the options, avoiding all the prepositions, articles etc. Also, it would become easy for you to focus on all the options at once and thus to choose the right option. You may like to encircle some major keywords in order to be able to concentrate well while you listen to the audio.
4. Focus on Understanding Audio
Apart from all, you can make sure to keep your attention on understanding the audio conversation in IELTS listening. Without understanding what the speaker is talking about, even if you underline keywords, you can’t be sure of marking the right answer. Therefore, always understand the whole conversation properly and then only mark your…
One of the tricky questions apart from multiple choice questions in IELTS listening are the matching heading type of questions. As it can be determined by the term itself, matching heading involves matching a list of questions to another list...
IELTS listening section 1 is perhaps the easiest part of IELTS listening exam. The reason is that you have simple questions of form filling or short notes type. If you can get all the ten questions right in this section, it would be quite good for you to boost up your band score in the listening module.
In section 1 of IELTS listening module, you find conversation going on between two persons. For example, a job candidate is talking to the HR or a student is making enquiry, about hostel accommodation, from the hostel warden etc.
Now that we know what kind of questions are asked, let's look at 5 simple strategies you can adopt for section 1 of IELTS listening.
1. Predict Your Answer
First you should quickly go through all the 10 questions in section 1, to know the kind of blanks the questions have and also, you can predict the answer at the same time. For speculating the answer, you can carefully look at the grammar aspect; whether the answer should be a singular word or plural word, whether a number is asked in the question or it is a word to be written there in the blank.
First Name .................. (Answer is a word)
Wage Rate................... (Answer is a number)
2. Foreign Accent Pronunciation Matters
Learning foreign accent pronunciation of all the alphabets as well as numbers is highly recommended for clearing this section because it is definitely the case that answers would be spelled by the speakers. Such questions are highly scoring and thus, should not be skipped or missed.
Postcode ..............WXY702 (Pronunciation of alphabets and numbers)
Phone....................1654078 (Pronunciation of numbers)
3. Carefully Finding Answers
In the audio, in section 1, the speaker is very likely to change the answer. So, it’s extremely important that you pay attention to the audio in order to listen it thoroughly. Candidates often make mistake here by listening only the first word and not paying attention to the conversation afterwards. So, keep in mind that you have to quickly write down the answer and listen carefully later on as well to see whether the speaker changes the answer or not.
4. Audio Conversation
Mike: I would like to know the time when you will be available to receive call.
Sara: I am usually available on Monday in the afternoon at 2 pm. Oh wait but this time, I have some work outside the town. So, I would be available on Tuesday.
Availability: .........................(TUESDAY is the answer)
5. Avoid Silly Mistake
Though this is the simplest section in IELTS listening module, students may still make silly mistakes. One of the common mistakes is to write down unit when it is already written in the question or otherwise writing down answer without unit when it is, actually, expected.
Pay rate: $..........(20 is answer)
Pay rate: ............($20 is answer)
Time: ...........hours (2 or TWO is answer)
Time: ....................(2 hours or TWO HOURS is…
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In the IELTS Listening module, the most difficult question is said to be MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) i.e. question along with some options to choose from. In some questions, only one option is correct while in some of the other questions, more than one options are correct.
You ask any candidate appearing in IELTS and they will tell you the fear associated with MCQs. So, let us understand how you can do MCQ questions in IELTS Listening!
We would now try to understand all strategies by discussing each MCQ type of question according to its difficulty level.
The most important strategy to solve MCQ questions is to underline the keywords.
1. Strategy 1 MCQ Difficulty Level – Easy
In the easy type of MCQs, you will find “one word or two words” options to choose from. In this case, it is extremely easy to concentrate at the audio and question simultaneously. For example,
Which of the two things are included in the tour cost ?
In the above question, “two things” and “tour cost” are the major keywords that you can concentrate at. From the options, “accommodation” and “picnic” are two “one word” options to easily focus at, however, in the other three options, you can put more emphasis on words such as “fishing”, “tennis” and “meal” though you can not completely ignore the other words also in the options.
2. Strategy 2 MCQ Difficulty Level – Moderate
In the moderate type of MCQs, you find short statements as the options which are easy to solve once a few main keywords are highlighted in these statements. For example,
In the year 1994 , Michael Willson went to Japan
As a part-time student
As a volunteer worker
As a businessman
In the above question, you can see options have at least three words. Here, you can underline the main keywords only, as highlighted above, leaving aside the prepositions, determiners etc.
3. Strategy 3 MCQ Difficulty Level – Advanced
In the advanced MCQs, the difficulty level is increased as the listener struggles to simultaneously understand the audio conversation and concentrate on all the options.
For example, What problem did the company face in 1999 ?
Not meeting the targets leading to reduced sales
Market strategy was weak as compared to competitors
Media started criticizing the company for its failures
In the above question, statements in the options are too long. Hence, you can understand the main aspects in these options by understanding them and then underlining the keywords that define the main aspects.
Another important strategy for such questions is to keep the gist of MCQ question in mind when trying to find answer while understanding the audio. For example, in the above question, while looking at the options, you just need to keep your focus on the problem faced by company, whether it was reduced sales, weak market strategy or criticizing media.
Lastly, very important strategy is to identify “focus” or “stem” of the question in order to carefully choose the right option. To take example for this, let us alter the above question itself as below:
What major problem did the company face in 1999 ?
Not meeting the targets leading to reduced sales
Market strategy was weak as compared to competitors
Media started criticizing the company for its failures
The change in the above question is the word “major”. The words “major problem” is the focus here because in this question, you have to choose only that problem from the options which had a great impact on affecting the company, not just any…
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Since Indian students are writing and speaking in English with Indian accent, with not much exposure to foreign accent, it can be the cause of some penalties they may face in IELTS listening module. Let us know what these likely penalty areas are and how you can overcome these risk areas in order to achieve Band 9 in IELTS Listening.
1. Pronunciation – Alphabets/Numbers or Singular/Plural Words
The most common penalty area that leads to incorrect answers in Section 1 of IELTS Listening is related to pronunciation. You may be facing difficulties in correctly understanding the pronunciation of carefully such as alphabets (when a speaker is spelling the name or addres) or numbers (when speaker talks about phone number).
Another type of pronunciation issue one can find in IELTS Listening in other Sections as well is related to singular or plural words. Many a times, it is seen that candidates do not hear it clearly whether the word is singular or plural, for example, if the speaker says “admission forms”, candidates do not concentrate properly or not able to recognize whether they need to write the word “form” with or without “s”.
To overcome this, you should listen to foreign accent stuff such as group discussions, radio shows, talk shows etc. and also get used to the foreign accent pronunciation of every alphabet and number by listening to it again and again. Just Google for the pronunciation of alphabet/number in the UK/US foreign accent and keep on hearing it till you absorb the right pronunciation well.
2. Spelling Errors
One of the major issues you may face in IELTS listening section is to write the correct spelling of words spoken in the audio. While candidates are not sure about spelling of words and hence they go wrong in writing them correctly. It is also seen that there are some candidates who know the correct spelling but hurriedly, they may write them incorrectly or when they do not review properly what they have written.
For example, “accommodation” is often written mistakenly as “accommodation”
To deal with this hurdle, practice reading and writing more to learn the correct spelling. You can also practice online spelling exercises by searching in Google.
Apart from the above penalty areas, grammar is another problem candidates face while giving IELTS Listening test. It may usually happen when you are more concentrating on the information only and do not see the nearby words to predict the answer grammatically. For example,
All the college students are required to submit all the ............for applying to the contest.
If you see, in the above question, “all” is the word that indicates that your answer in the blank should be a plural word, not singular.
Do check your answer grammatically or predict it within the given 1 minute before the audio starts.
4. Choosing Word Instruction
Another thing is to write your answer according to the word instruction. If instruction is “NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS”, it implies that your answer should be of one word or two words. It does not imply that you have to write only two words. For example,
Write answer in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER
Parents willing to enjoy the................. with the students can register soon.
Parents who are waiting to join the most-awaited holiday trip with the students can register soon.
*Answer should be holiday trip, not most-awaited holiday trip
Focus on understanding too, apart from matching the words in the question with the words in the audio.
5. Understanding Paraphrasing
In some of the IELTS Listening questions, especially the MCQs, you may miss out a question or skip the audio when there’s paraphrasing used in the audio. You are likely to lose confidence in choosing the right answer and may go lost in the audio.
In this case, underline keywords and focus on understanding the conversation and relate it with the underlined…
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In this article, we will look at section 4 of the IELTS Listening test. Here, almost all the times, you find sentence completion type of questions. However, you may sometimes find some MCQs as well.
In this section, you are going to listen to a monologue i.e. you will hear only one speaker talking about a topic, similar to section 2. But here, you will find that the monologue is about an academic context, for example, the speaker may be delivering a lecture in a university or college.
Let's talk about some section 4 tips with the help of sentence completion question:
Recycling of Waste Material
By the year 2020, emissions of carbon dioxide are expected to ...................reduced than 2000.
Recycling of wastes can be helpful to reduce the emissions from..................and.....................
According to some people, one major problem is an insufficient amount of....................................
You can see from the above questions that these are some notes about the topic “recycling of waste material”. In sentence completion questions, you may find them in the form of bullet points or lists of facts.
Let's get straight to the tips now
1. Underline Keywords
Firstly, you can adopt the strategy of underlining some keywords in the question. So, let us underline the important keywords as below:
Recycling of Waste Material
By the year 2020, emissions of carbon dioxide are expected to ................... reduced than 2000.
Recycling of wastes can be helpful to reduce the emissions from ..................and....................
According to some people, one major problem is an insufficient amount of ...................................
In the above strategy, there’s one more thing you can keep in mind and that is to definitely underline the words that are near the blanks . We do so for a reason that many of the times, these words are almost the same as heard in the audio.
Another thing is that you should underline keywords in a way that you highlight the important information while ignoring the detailed information. When you pay attention on these highlighted words, you are able to focus on understanding the audio very well.
2. Identify Relevant Information
The information is in the short notes form but you will hear more detailed explanation in the audio. So, be careful to identify the relevant information from the audio as per the keywords in the question and the expected answer in the blank.
3. Concentrate to avoid skipping the audio
Speaker in the audio would also be talking continuously in the order of the question. So, you should concentrate a lot to avoid skipping the audio . Do not look at your previous attempts to check if you have solved the question correctly or if you have skipped any question before.
4. Keep an eye on words closer to the blanks
Pay close attention to the words that are closer to the blanks , especially prepositions such as to, for, into, of etc. because your answer in the audio would be exactly around them, in most of the…
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IELTS Listening module consists of 4 sections viz. Section 1, Section 2, Section 3 and Section 4. Out of all these sections, Section 3 is the part where you listen to an audio conversation with up to 4 people.
This is perhaps one of the most difficult sections since you have to listen to a number of people. The reason is that in IELTS Listening Section 3, you are very likely to get confused with the voices and the conversation going on, which may become cumbersome for you to catch up when you try to relate this audio with the question.
Let us now discuss in detail how to crack Section 3 of IELTS listening test:
In IELTS Listening Section 3, you can commonly find any of the questions such as table completion, MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), matching headings, flowchart or diagram. However, form filling and sentence completion are not usually seen in this section.
To approach the above type of questions, there are some unique tips to be kept in mind, while the basic things that you can concentrate on while attempting Section 3 in IELTS Listening test remain the same for all kinds of questions. Let us discuss the approach you can adopt for IELTS Listening test Section 3 by taking example of MCQs types of question:
Underlining important keywords in question is the most effective strategy for solving IELTS Listening Section 3. For this, you can utilize 1 minute, given to you prior to listening the audio conversation. Let us see how to underline keywords:
Joy has been working in the hospital for
In the above question, the main keywords you can focus upon are “Joy”, “working” and “hospital”. Hence, you can highlight these keywords by underlining them. Afterwards, when the audio starts, just keep these underlined keywords in your mind to get the gist of question while have your eyes on the three options; “three”, “one” and “four” and just avoid the common word “years”.
So, you have to choose the answer out of those three numbers only and this is how you are able to solve this type of question easily. Similarly, you can use the same strategy for a bit difficult question as well:
Let us now discuss the difficult type of MCQs:
John was successful in his business because he
recruited hundred more employees
was the highly skilled professional
could reach out to maximum customers
In the above type of question where it is comparatively difficult to concentrate, you can underline keywords as highlighted above. Now, let us find some important points to be noted for solving IELTS Listening Section 3.
Essential Tips for IELTS Listening Section 3:
Listen to the introduction and example audio properly to be able to recognize different voices well.
While focusing on the underlined keywords in the question, it is also important to understand the question because some of the keywords in the options or the complete option itself may be paraphrased in the audio.
Using 1 minute to get an overview of the section would help you to familiarize yourself with the questions.
Remember that while listening to the audio, you have to be quick enough to move your eyes over all the questions as well as options so that you are aligned up well with the audio and there is no chance of skipping a question.
Lastly, do remember that information in the audio always flows in the same order as the order of question . So, you have to be continuously going on by immediately moving to the next question instead of looking back for any skipped question or unsurely marked answer.
IELTS Listening module consists of 4 sections viz. Section 1, Section 2, Section 3 and Section 4. Out of all these sections, Section 3 is the part where you listen to an audio conversation with up to 4 people. This...