IELTS Energy 387: 3 Ways to Kill IELTS Listening Anxiety for a Strong Start

Today you’ll learn 3 ways to kill IELTS Listening anxiety so you can tackle your next exam with confidence!

3 ways kill ielts listening anxiety

We recently received a listener email about listening panic:

I’ve already attempted IELTS once. My scores were Listening 7, Reading 7, Speaking 7 and Writing 7.5. I’m an aspiring Canadian immigrant, and my desired band for Listening is 8. I wasn’t able to concentrate without headsets in the hall. Please advise me on my listening skill enhancement. I think the panic in the Listening test that was created had a negative impact on my Reading test as well. Hope your tips will do wonders for me.

Answers:

Make your IELTS practice test-valid

As for writing and reading, you know you have to practice timing in order to prepare well for the exam.

However, this idea of test-validity is also applicable to listening!

So, to make your preparation more like test day, don’t listen with headphones. Also, go through all the steps and strategies that you will have to use on your exam.

Start strong

Since the Listening Exam is given first, it’s important to start strong and confidently, or your panic, like this listener, will impact your performance on the Reading and the Writing exams.

 

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When to start practicing like the exam

2-3 weeks before your exam, start using the IELTS Answer sheets. You can Google these and print them out.

So, for the Listening Exam, you’ll need to practice transferring your answers in the last 10 minutes of the test.

Balance strengths and weaknesses

Spend more time practicing for the sections that are the most challenging. If you are most afraid of Speaking, practice that the most!

Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Watch movies that not only challenge your English comprehension, but also your ideas. At the beginning of this episode, Lindsay and I recommend two movies: Get Out and Lion.

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