How to pass the IELTS listening test

Continuing with our posts about the IELTS exam, the moment has come for the Listening part.

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“Trees are the Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven” – Rabindranath Tagore

The IELTS Listening test takes 30 minutes. It consists of 4 different parts with a variety of topics and accents, monologues or dialogues, and every recording is only heard once.

Section 1 
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Section 2 
A monologue set in an everyday social context.

Section 3 A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context.

Section 4
 A monologue on an academic subject.

And here are the Venture English tips for your best performance in the exam:

  • Listen to films, lectures or documentaries without subtitles to train your ear to catch information. We found TedTalks very useful for that, because they have a great variety of topics and accents.
  • In the exam, read every question carefully and try to guess the possible answer: a number, an address, a name, adjective or verb, etc.
  • Write at the same time you are listening. Shorthand is the trick: write a few letters that you can complete in the end.
  • Train your spelling: names and numbers, in particular for the first part of the exam.
  • Don’t leave any blank answer.

This is a good resourcesto practise your listening skills:

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