IELTS Listening Test Success Strategy

How to Focus on Key Words for a 7 on IELTS Listening




Pay attention to key words for success on the Listening test. Key words are names, numbers, and other important information.

How can you listen for the answers and pick them out on the IELTS?

Pay attention to key words!

Look at the questions before you listen. Circle the key words. Key words are names, numbers, negatives, and other important information words like verbs and nouns.

If you select the key words in advance it will help you focus because the answer is always next to the key word. This is true for the IELTS Listening and the IELTS Reading test.

The answers are in order.

Follow along with the test booklet.

Listen for the key word.

Your answers are always next to the key words.



More IELTS Listening Tips!

Two Things That Are on the IELTS Listening Test Every Time

There are two key things that you need to know when you take the IELTS Listening test.

You need to know the format of the dialogues and you need to know what accents to expect.

When you know both of these things you can be prepared to get your 7 or higher.

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The 5 Worst IELTS Listening Traps that You Could Fall Into

There are 5 traps that many IELTS candidates fall into when it comes to the Listening test.

They are related to what you do before, during, and after the exam.

Do you want to know what the traps are?

Click here to listen to 5 IELTS Listening test traps



How is it possible to listen, read, and write at the same time on IELTS Listening?

Doing three things at once can be scary and intimidating if you aren’t well prepared.

However, if you know how to manage all three actions during the test you will be more likely to get a higher score.

When it comes to the listening test you need to think about test strategies, test practice, and general listening practice to improve your overall comprehension.

If you leave one of these parts out you will not reach your target score.

Learn more how to balance listening, reading, and writing on the IELTS.



How to Be the Most Relaxed Person in the Listening Test Room

Are you worried that you are going to get nervous, worried, and lose control on the Listening test?

The best way to prevent getting nervous on the Listening test is to be well prepared by practicing your listening resources every day well in advance of the exam.

In this article we give you eight fun listening resources that us British or Australian English to get your ear ready for the test and we show you how to use these resources the right way.

Click here to read the article



Inspiring Resources to Ace the IELTS Listening Test

Your listening practice for the IELTS doesn’t have to be boring!

There are tons of great resources out there that will help you get the practice that you need.

In this episode we talk about specific resources that are great for students who want to get a 7 or higher.

We show you how to use them and where to find them.

Click here to get IELTS Listening resources.


The Most Important Listening Skill that You Need for IELTS:

The Listening skill that you need for IELTS is listening for specific information.

It’s a test strategy and you don’t get many opportunities to practice it outside of test preparation.

That’s why it’s important to learn the strategy and practice it before exam day.

It’s not a problem if you don’t understand every single word you hear on IELTS.

Read more here about how to build this listening skill




3 Reasons Why Spelling Matters on IELTS Listening

Did you know that incorrect spelling can knock your score down on the IELTS Listening test and on the IELTS Writing test?

When you prepare for the IELTS you need to pay attention to spelling.

How can you improve your spelling? In this episode we offer you a few tactics for how to quickly improve your spelling.

Remember, it’s best not to take big risks on the Writing test with new words that you don’t know how to spell.

The time to take risks is during your practice tests or while you are practicing your strategies.

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  3. Hi… would my answers be marked wrong if i capitalize the first letter of all my answers even if these are not proper nouns in listening and reading?

  4. 1) I should study English in the early morning because my willpower will be stronger!
    2) The night before, I should write down what I’m gonna do the next morning.
    3) I’ll start with a small task in the morning which I can complete.
    4) I’ll put my ears into English as soon as I wake up.
    5) Make English as a part of my body.

  5. Hey everyone. I got 6.5 in my first attempt but I need to have 7 or more. Therefore I am going to take IELTS test once and again. If someone has eagerness to do practice speaking with me, you can inbox me or add me on my skype: sukantasen44.

    • Hi this is Kübra ,from Turkey .I am eager to speak to you. I want to improve my english skills to get high score from the ielts.

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