IELTS Listening Tips




As you know, these IELTS listening tips are useful for both Academic and General Training since the listening part is the same for both. So try to take them into consideration the day of the test.

– There are four sections. When you hear section 1, 2 etc, be ready to listen for the instructions.

– Listen for details related to WH questions (what, when, where, why, who). Most of the questions revolve around them.

– Section one is the easiest. Therefore, if your English level is average or above average, you would have no problem at all. However, any nervous reaction or lack of preparation can lead to mistakes. So get well prepared.

– In section one, you can easily spot keywords or phrases in the form of charts or pictures.

– Very often, the information you look for is repeated and stressed more than once.


Try to focus on each question separately and do not get caught up with an answer that might have already been given. You should be able to think ahead of the next question as you are still listening for the answer of the question before. It is probably painful, but practice can do wonders for you in this respect.

– When the speaker changes its intonation or the topic of the conversation moved to another keyword or phrase, it often means that you should start thinking of the next question.

– In a gap filling task, in rare occasions, the answers are not given in the order of the questions. In this case, try to be flexible in order to keep up with the conversation.

Pay attention

Sometimes, you can find an answer to a question you looking for in a later question. Trying to pass the test without knowing these IELTS listening tips can make you overlook such information.

– Be careful. The speaker might mislead you in giving an answer and changes his mind or someone else corrects him or her. Do not haste in such cases.

– For speed purposes, as the answers are sometimes given quickly one after another, it is recommended to writ the first two or three letters or your answer and come back later to write the complete answer during the period given after the listening passage has finished.

– To make use of these IELTS listening tips to the fullest, you need to practice answering questions like gap filling for instance, by listening to a piece of news. There are also many IELTS practice books out there that you can benefit from.


Listening to talk shows with famous people and taking quick notes will definitely increase your chances in answering short answers questions of the listening test.

– Multiple choices questions are not as easy as they look. When answering them, try to exclude the choices that are not mentioned at all first. After, be careful with those that are mentioned. One of them is contradicted and the other is supported. So be wise to listen till the end of that topic to decide.

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