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IELTS Listening: Good listeners make good notes

The best listeners are engaged with whatever they are listening to. This could be a lecture at school or a conversation with a friend. Have you ever spoken to a friend and then thought, ‘Oh, what did he just say?’ because you were daydreaming? You weren’t being a good listener! And this can happen in … Read more

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: Making the impossible possible

The problem ‘We have to listen and read and write all at the same time — that’s impossible!’ This is a common comment from students preparing for the IELTS Listening test. It is not easy to do all of these things at the same time — especially as you only hear the listening once — but it … Read more

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt

IELTS Listening: All the basics, from the British Council

The problem It’s easy to do badly in IELTS Listening if you don’t have a thorough understanding of what to expect. For example, are you confident you can answer these questions: Is it important to use capital letters accurately? Is a point subtracted if you get an answer wrong? How much time do you have … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: Three things that can go wrong

Most people find the Listening test more stressful than the Reading test. That’s because when you are reading, you have the texts in front of you and you can refer to them more than once. When you are listening, if you miss an answer, it’s gone — and because you only hear the recording once, … Read more

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

IELTS Listening: Help! I don’t understand the accent!

The problem IELTS is an international test, so you might hear a range of different accents, including Australian, British, New Zealand and North American. Remember that you only hear the audio once in the Listening test so you need to be absolutely confident that you can pick out every detail first time. An unfamiliar accent … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish