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Listen and count the words

Listening can be really difficult. In the IELTS listening exam, you are expected to listen, understand and answer questions. In the IELTS speaking exam, you have to listen to the examiner carefully and answer the questions you are asked.

Many IELTS students say that they find listening difficult because they haven’t had enough practice. Let’s face it, it can be really difficult to improve your listening skills if all you are doing is listening to recordings and answering questions. It’s important that all IELTS students try to identify their listening weaknesses and to improve their listening skills. (more…)

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.

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…)