Two quick tips about how to listen and read at the same time in the IELTS Listening test
If you find it difficult to read and follow the questions on the question paper while listening to the recording in the IELTS Listening test, then here are two IELTS Listening tips just for you.
Tip 1: Underline or circle words on the question paper that indicate what information you’re listening for
Before you listen, if you circle or underline words in the questions that tell you what you’re listening for, you won’t need to read the whole of each question again when you listen to the recording. (Remember that you’ll be given some time to read the questions before each of the sections in the IELTS Listening test).
To see what I mean, have a look at the following page from an official IELTS Listening question paper, and think about why I circled or underlined the words ‘grade’, ‘cancelled’ and ‘advise against’.
I underlined ‘grade’ so that I remembered I had to listen for a grade such as ‘A’ or ‘B’ without having to read the whole question again.
I underlined ‘cancelled’ and wrote ‘what?’ so that I remembered to listen for something that has been cancelled.
I circled ‘advise against’ to remind myself to listen for a book that Dina doesn’t recommend.
Tip 2: Cross out questions that you know you’ve missed
While listening, if you know you’ve missed a question, put a line through the question as this will help you keep track of where the recording is up to without having to read the questions again.
To show you what I mean, here’s what I would have done on the question paper above if I knew I had missed question 21.
Next time you practise an IELTS Listening test, try these two IELTS Listening tips and let us know if they helped you listen and read at the same time.
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