How To Ace The Listening
Before talking about how to ace the listening test, let’s get into what the IELTS Listening test consists of.
The IELTS Listening task is divided into four sections which are;
An English conversation between two people on which you will answer abut 10 questions. The whole conversation time will take about 5 minutes.
The second part is a talk, maybe from one or two people also for about 5 minutes, after listening to the presentation, you will be asked to answer another 10 questions.
The third part is a work or procedural discussion from two people also, and there follows 10 questions for you to answer.
The last part is an academic lecture, a 5 minute talk from an individual. After you listen to this you will answer another 10 questions.
In the IELTS Listening in Singapore exam, you will be allowed to know the instructions to follow about answering the questions, you are to listen carefully as the recording is going on and write down whatever point you feel like, which will help you in your answer in the booklet in given unto you on which you have the questions.
Basically in the IELTS Listening in Singapore task, you listening to recorded speeches, and write down the answers to questions based upon the speeches in a booklet in your hand.
Tips for Passing the IELTS Listening Task
The whole process involves listening practice to be able to pick the answers from the recordings, hence, you must be focused from the beginning to the end for you to comprehend what is being said. This is a different ball game altogether compared to reading from books which you can always refer back to when you miss a line. You must practice comprehension of recorded messages well.
Wait until the end of the listening before you start to transfers the answer to the answer sheet, and not before, if you do not do it this way, you will not have enough time to prepare for the section that follows, and this can throw you off balance.
At the end of the whole section, you will be allowed a time of 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet, only then should you do it so that you can have enough time to attend to all issues that are necessary.
Do practice, and get familiar with the structures of questions for the IELTS Listening in Singapore task as much as possible. Practice with past questions, use as many as you can find, as IELTS do repeat questions sometimes, who knows you may meet questions that will come up again by doing this.
IELTS Listening involves picking words (you can learn more about this with my IELTS Singapore tuition) and sentences spoken in different accents, you would need to familiarize yourself with as many accents as possible so that you would not be thrown off balance if you happen to meet with a particular accent you cannot understand very well.
For proper feedback, you would need to practice in the presence of a native speaker or a tutor who will correct you in whatever mistakes you are making. This is very important as you just cannot keep repeating the same mistakes despite the fact that you are practicing well.
This is what will happen if there is nobody who knows better than you around to correct you.
Speed of listening is very important, hence practice to beat time as much as possible, you may start by reducing the speed of the recorded speeches, and then increasing it as you build more confidence and skills in the IELTS Listening in Singapore task.
Listening is hard, especially when you are doing it for a purpose like this, because you do not now the part that will contain the answer you need, hence you have to be well focused, and concentrate very well to pick all the aspects of the speech you are listening to.
Some of the speeches may not be familiar to you at all, but as long as you can practice on various Singapore IELTS Listening questions that came out in the past, you will develop a personal technique for dealing with such speeches.