IELTS Listening Test Preparation Course

Duration: 7 Consecutive Days
Attendance: 1 Live Class (60 –70 minutes) daily
Workload: Homework (40-60 minutes) daily
Recommended Level of English: Minimum IELTS 4.5

First Class: Free
Fee: USD $99
Textbook Needed: Cambridge IELTS Books 7, 9, and 11.

Course Description

This course is suitable for test takers who need to score 7.0 or higher in the IELTS Listening Test. During live classes you are shown easy steps to compete before and while listening to the tape to get the answer right. Then, you complete IELTS listening exercises at home to practice the strategies. We check your homework to make sure you have understood and are using the correct strategies for individual types of listening tasks. You complete a full Listening Test in 40 minutes as part of this course. You receive comments and suggestions on what you need to do to improve your listening score.

Upcoming Listening (Academic & General) Courses

November 13—19,
Webinar Time: 6.00—7.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

November 28 – December 4,
Webinar Time: 8.00 – 9.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

December 14 – 20,
Webinar Time: 12.00 – 1.30 PM. Eastern Time Zone (USA and Canada)

Reasons to attend this Course

We show you how to prepare for what you are about to listen. Preparation is key to listening success

We show you what to do while you are listening to the tape. Listening for a reason is essential

We check your work to make sure you are following the strategies and provide you with expert advise

You attend the first webinar FREE. You only register for the course if you like the approach

Course Structure

DAY 1

Webinar Focus:

Introduction to IELTS Listening Section 1

Strategies to complete short-answer Questions

Strategies to improve your Spelling Skills

Homework:

1. Further Practice for short-answer Exercises

2. Further Practice for Spelling and Numbers

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Short Answer Questions).

DAY 2

Webinar Focus:

Introduction to IELTS Listening Section 2

Review of short-answer Questions (Section1&2)

Strategies to complete Maps

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Map Completion Exercises

2. Further Practice for Language used to complete Maps

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Map Completion Questions).

DAY 3

Webinar Focus:

Introduction to IELTS Listening Section 3 Review of Sentence Completion Strategies (Tables) Strategies to complete Multiple Choice Questions

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Table Completion Exercises

2. Further Practice for Multiple Choice Questions

Submissions:

Write and submit a body paragraph by email.

DAY 4

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to complete Classifying Questions

Use of Synonyms in IELTS Listening Test

List of Academic Words that often appear in the IELTS Listening Test

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Classifying Exercises

2. Further Practice for building a Bank of Synonyms

Submissions:

No tasks due for submission.

DAY 5

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to complete Notes/Forms/Summaries

Strategies to follow a lecturer: Organization of Academic Speeches

List of Academic Words often misspelled.

Homework:

1. Further Practice for Note/Form/Summary Completion Exercises

2. Further Practice for Organization of Academic Speeches

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Summary Completion Questions).

DAY 6

Webinar Focus:

Strategies to label a Diagram

Strategies to follow a lecturer: Use of Linkers in Academic Speech

Completion of The IELTS Listening Answer Sheet (What not to do)

Homework:

1. Further Practice for label-a-diagram Exercises</p

2. Further Practice for Linkers in Academic Speeches

Submissions:

Submit the Homework by Email (Label a Diagram Questions)

DAY 7

Webinar Focus:

No webinar taking place.

Homework:

Complete a full IELTS Listening Test (40 minutes).

Submissions:

Submit by email the test.

Information about the Listening Test

Format

Accents: A variety (e.g. British, North American, Australian, and so on).

Questions: A variety (e.g. gap-filling, multiple choice, and so on).

Section 1: A Dialogue of Social Nature (e.g. a student calling an ESL school to find out about their English Language courses)

Length: Around 9 minutes (including instructions).

Skills Tested: Listening for factual information

Tasks: Short-answer Questions (frequently)

Did you know?

Section 1 is the easiest section. If you want to score 7.0 in Listening, you should not make any mistakes in this section.

Section 2: A Monologue of Social Nature(e.g. a talk about a new park)

Length: Around 6-7 minutes.

Skills Tested: Listening for factual information

Tasks: Sentence completion, map/diagram completion and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?

Spelling and Grammar are also checked in the IELTS Listening Test. Test takers are given 1 mark if their answer is grammatically right and spelled correctly. There are no half marks in IELTS.

Section 3: A Discussion (2-4 people) of Educational Nature (e.g. a discussion between a professor and a research student)

Length: Around 8-9 minutes

Skills Tested: Listening for specific information, speaker’s attitude and opinion

Tasks: Form/notes/summary completion, classifying and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?

Punctuation is not checked in the IELTS listening test. That means that no matter whether you write “Canada” or “canada” you still score.

Section 4: A Lecture of Educational Nature (e.g. a lecture on art history)

Length: Around 7-8 minutes

Skills Tested: Listening for specific information, speaker’s attitude and opinion

Tasks: Table/map/diagram/summary completion, classifying and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?

You can abbreviate commonly abbreviated words in English, such as km for “kilometer” or St for “street”. You cannot abbreviate days of weeks or months.

Common Errors in Listening Test

Error 1

Completing an exercise without reading instructions first

Instructions tell you what exactly you have to do to complete a listening exercises. Therefore, it is very important to read and understand instructions before starting to complete an IELTS listening task.

Error 2

Trying hard to understand every single word

There is no need to understand every single word the speakers say to get a 7.0 in IELTS Listening. You should only pay attention to the tape when the speakers give the information you need (i.e. the answer).

Error 3

Listening without a reason

Research shows that test takers who listen for a reason perform better in the IELTS Listening Test. It is, therefore, advisable to identify the reason for listening for each single question.

Error 4

Writing down the wrong information

In Section 1 of the IELTS Listening Test, speakers often give some inaccurate information before mentioning the right answer. After writing down each answer, make sure the speakers do not contradict the information.

Error 5

Writing down the wrong information

Speakers usually mention word by word the wrong alternatives in multiple choice exercises and use synonyms for the right answer. Test takers can be easily distracted by the wrong alternatives as the same words are used both in the question and recording.

Error 6

Missing a number of answers because they are stuck in a particular question.

Test takers do not get the answer for a particular question (e.g. Question 23) and miss the answers for the other questions (e.g. Questions 24, 25, and 26) as well.

Error 7

Writing the right Answer in the wrong place.

A number of test takers are penalized because they hurry when they complete the Answer Sheet and, as a result, write the right answer in the wrong place. That is to say, they write the answer for Question 15, for example, in the line reserved for Question 16.

IELTS Listening Mock Test

Listening Mock Test

You should spend about 40 minutes on this test.

Follow these steps to complete the Test:

  • 1) Download the IELTS Listening Test (Click Here)
  • 2) Download the Answer Sheet (Click Here)
  • 3) Listen and complete the text
  • 4) Transfer the Answers into the Answer Sheet in 10 Minutes

Best of Luck!

ANSWER KEYS – Listening Mock Test

Scores

Download the Answer Keys here Check your test (Answers should be grammatically correct and spelled correctly)

A guide to IELTS Listening Band Scores

Test takers score one point for every right answer they give.

IELTS AcademicPossible Band
1-21.0
3-42.0
5-83.0
9-124.0
13-154.5
16-195.0
20-225.5
23-266.0
27-296.5
30-327.0
33-347.5
35-368.0
37-388.5