The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a comprehensive test that measures a person’s expertise and proficiency over English, if he or she desires to study or work in a country which uses English as the language of communication. The Academic IELTS test is necessary for students who plan to study at an university (undergraduate or postgraduate course) and helps to analyse the student’s understanding and grasp over English as a complex academic language.
Out of the four modules of IELTS Test, the most difficult one for some test takers is the Listening module. Though it appears to be easy, candidates face difficulty in achieving their desired score in this module. Here, we will be discussing the most frequently asked questions by candidates about the Listening module and also try to provide desired solutions to their queries.
The most pertinent question that crops up at the beginning itself is:
1. What is the difference between IELTS Academic and General Listening Test?
A: Actually there is no difference. Listening paper is same for both the versions of the IELTS Listening Module
2. What are the different types of questions being asked for the IELTS Listening module?
A: Six different types of questions are asked in IELTS Listening test. They are:
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Map/Plan/Diagram labelling
- Form/Table/Flowchart/Note/Summary completion
- Sentence completion
- Short Answer Questions
3. Which is the more preferred medium while answering the questions in the Listening Module-pen or pencil?
A: It is advisable to use pencil while attempting all the four modules of the IELTS Test. It is easier to erase and change the answers if the candidate is in a doubt.
4. Is it possible to choose the English accent according to the preference of the examinee?
A: This is not possible. IELTS Listening test always involves more than one accent. So, when someone prepares to sit for the exam, he or she should must get familiar with different accents.
5. Do the answers appear in same order as the questions?
A: Yes. The questions asked in IELTS Listening are put up in such a way that the students find their answers in the same order when the recording is played. The same pattern follows for all IELTS Listening question types.
6. Will there be time to read the questions before the recording starts?
A: The candidate gets about 30 seconds to preview the questions before the recording starts. The instructions on the recording will clearly state which questions will be covered in the next part of the recording. So, he/she can quickly go through those questions. There are also few short breaks provided in between the recording, so that one gets time to preview further questions.
7. How many times can someone hear the recording?
A: One can hear the recording only once. So, the candidate needs to be extra vigilant and more attentive when the recording is played. If he/she misses an answer to a question, he has to make a quick guess or move on to next question.