The IELTS listening test comprises of listening and understanding different accents which may be British or American. When it comes to non-native English speakers, the test is a bit difficult because of irregularity in listening to such accents in daily routine. Basically, it is divided into four sections with an increasing level of difficulty as the test elevates. The candidates are given 40 minutes in total in which 30 minutes are utilised to answer questions as the audio plays and another 10 minutes are used to transfer those answers to the main answer sheet. So get best IELTS Listening Training Chandigarh, IELTS Listening Classes Chandigarh, IELTS Listening Courses Chandigarh, IELTS Listening Preprations Chandigarh only at CambridgeIELTS.
As far as the content of different sections is concerned, they are audios comprising of two people talking to each other , one individual giving a lecture on some topic or a discussion among four speakers. The issues talked about are of general interest and hence there is no difference for academic or general training. As IELTS is an internationally recognised exam, the audios comprise of recordings of different kinds of accents to add variety to the test and make a fair and square analysis of the marks scored by test givers.
The types of questions asked in the exam vary widely. For different sections, different questions can be asked for which the answer can be given in one , two or three words. Apart from multiple choice and short answer questions, there are some conversations for which sentence completion questions are also asked. The candidate is required to listen to the conversation carefully to avoid missing out any point in such case. Secondly, there can be a flow chart or table completion question, the answer to which can easily be inferred with the ongoing audio. Apart from this, there are matching and labeling a diagram questions also for which a more attentive behavior is required as it is to label. Above all, one can hear an audio only once. So, a little distraction can lead to wrong answers being given for a complete section. Therefore, candidates need to be fully concentrated while attempting the listening exercise.
IELTS is a standardized exam and hence, the organizing committee makes every possible effort for the comfort and avoidance of confusion among the test takers. Keeping this in mind, instructions are provided for each section of listening test so that it is easy for the candidate to understand the type of questions to be asked. In total, there are 40 questions for listening section and each question carries one mark. A particular pattern is followed for allotting bands according to marks and ultimately result is declared
In spite of a lot of practice tests, there are some common errors which cost a band or two to the individual. A few of them are discussed below along with the tips to improve in that.
1 Difficulty in understanding
Non-native speakers often find it difficult to understand foreign accents and differentiate between similar sounding words like curd or could, stayed or shed etc. In order to avoid such confusion, first step is to get familiar with different types of accents by listening to various T.V. Shows, discussions, conferences and watching movies. Secondly, trying to know about the context of a conversation as soon as the audio starts so that your guess can work at times. Otherwise, mere guessing is going to mess you up while understanding.
2 Errors in writing
At times, candidates tend to make mistakes in writing because of going through it hurriedly and not relating it to the context. In order to avoid such mistakes, go through the rule of phonetics before starting your preparation.
3 Being negligent in instructions
Reading the instructions in all the four section s carefully is a must when it comes to listening section because some sections ask for a one word answer and others for a two or three word. So, being careful about the instructions and answering in accordance to them is mandatory for avoiding unnecessary errors.
4 Grammatical Errors
Some grammatical errors are also responsible for deduction of marks, so one should be well versed with the rules which would help in understanding language better.
IELTS listening helps you to analyse yourself in regard of understanding in an English-speaking environment and is an important part of the IELTS exam.
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