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Don’t leave any blanks

It’s important not to leave any blanks in the IELTS listening exam. If you leave an answer blank, it’s impossible to get a mark for it. Sometimes you won’t be certain about an answer to a question but you must remember to put something. You never know, your “guess” might be right.

It’s time for a spelling test

IELTS candidates should pay special attention to their spelling. Your IELTS writing will be much improved if words are spelt correctly. Keep a list of words that you spell incorrectly and test yourself on their spelling regularly.

When you have finished a piece of writing, edit it carefully and check for any spelling errors.

Read this post about editing your written work.

Here is a short recorded spelling test. There are five commonly misspelled words. Press play and try to write down the words immediately. You can press “pause” between the words if you need to. Listen to the recording as many times as you want to.

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When you have finished, you can check your answers here.

Even more listening practice

There’s lots of free listening material on the Internet. Read this post to read about some online resources already written about on this site. It’s easy to find free listening material using Google and good search terms.

This test is a free one on the Internet. It provides an opportunity for you to do some listening practice. Don’t worry about the fact that it’s not specifically for the IELTS exam. All listening practice is good listening practice for the IELTS exam. (more…)

More free IELTS listening

The most important thing you can do before the IELTS listening exam is do lots and lots of listening practice. This post suggests a great, free, online listening resource but there are others. The main thing is that you try to do a little listening every day. There’s no point waiting until the week before the exam before you start to practise your listening : it won’t help. Starting at least three months in advance is a very good idea. (more…)