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Five top tips to improve your IELTS listening score. If you’re preparing for your IELTS listening test, here are some simple tweaks you can make to your preparation and test technique that will make a big difference to your score.
Get used to a range of accents.
You’ve probably had friends and teachers recommend you listen to English radio to help you prepare, for your IELTS listening test. That’s great advice. To really maximize the benefit, you should listen to as many different accents as you can. Try listening to British, American, Canadian and Australian radio. IELTS is an international English test and you’ll hear all of these accents in the test. Check out Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PBS and BBC.
Read the instructions carefully.
It’s so simple but when you’re in an actual tester situation it can be easy to overlook. Try reading the question through twice to make sure you don’t miss any important points. Here’s an example, if the question says write no more than three words and you write four words, you would not get points for giving more than what is asked. In fact, your answers will be marked as incorrect. Because, you didn’t follow the instruction. Take a little extra time to read carefully and you can avoid wasting valuable marks. Don’t leave any blanks, don’t leave any gaps on your answer sheet.
Make sure you provide answers for every question, even if you have to make a guess.
You won’t lose marks for incorrect answers and you might just surprise yourself by getting some correct. Look ahead, read the questions that are coming up and think about what the question might be about. You can probably predict some key words that you need to listen for, even if you’re not a fortune-teller. Now remember, what you hear might not be exactly the same as what’s written on the exam paper. So, listen out for different words that mean the same thing, like car and automobile. These are called synonyms.
The more you practice, the better.
Improve your listening by finding ways to listen to English every day. The more you listen the faster your understanding will improve and the better you’ll be at picking out answers in your test. Remember keep positive and keep practising and you will see improvement. Now it’s your turn! What’s your top tip for improving your listening score?