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IELTS Listening: The importance of synonyms

At the beginning of the Listening test you are given 30 seconds to look at the question paper. This enables you to use the words on the paper to predict the words that you will hear in the recording. But that would be too easy! It’s much more likely that you will not hear these … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: Beware the distractor!

The IELTS Listening test sets out to show which candidates can listen effectively, and which can’t. One of the ways of doing this is to set traps — and see whether you fall into them. You need to know about these traps and how to avoid them. In this post we will look at one … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: Nine frequently asked questions

Here are just a few of the questions candidates have asked us about the Listening test. You may have wondered yourself… Read on for the answers.

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: How important is spelling?

The British Council’s LearnEnglish site answers this question clearly and succinctly: ‘Everything must be spelled correctly.’ So, what are the pitfalls? In this blog post we’re going to look at just one scenario.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Listening: How do I know how good I am?

Like most IELTS candidates, you probably know which band score you are aiming for. Is it 5.5, 6.0 — perhaps even 7.5? But if you are going to plan your preparation properly, you also need to know how good you are now. How can you find that out?

Greg Selby, Head of Exams, British Council East Asia