Before you start working on sample questions and practice papers for your IELTS Listening test, you should really know the basics of what is required of you.
It’s easy to do badly in IELTS Listening if you don’t have a thorough understanding of what to expect. For example, can you confidently answer these questions about the IELTS Listening test:
- How much time do you have to study the question paper before the audio starts?
- What should you do with the time you have between looking at the question paper and listening to the recording?
- What should you do if you can’t hear the audio clearly?
Knowing the answers to these basic questions can easily make the difference between one band score and another in IELTS Listening.
The solution: Getting the basics right
To help you get a grasp of the basics, you can begin with these tips:
- Take a look at our nine most frequently asked questions, here, to see what other questions you should be asking.
- Find out your current IELTS level. If you don’t know how good your English is right now, how do you know the amount of work you have to do?
- The British Council has published an excellent series of videos. Start with the IELTS Listening video here.
- Subscribe to the study sheets for all the IELTS papers on this page. It is useful to get everything important on a single study sheet that you can refer to whenever you have doubts or queries. (Scroll down to ‘Free IELTS study guides’.)
If you want more useful tips on how to do well in the IELTS test, take a look at the IELTS Tips app. You’ll receive 30 tips over 30 days, giving you information on all the IELTS basics and more. It is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Simply search for ‘IELTS Tips’ by ClarityEnglish.