Listening exams can be quite scary. Will you understand what you have to do? Will you understand what the speakers say? Will you have time to write down your answers? This section will help you to prepare for all sorts of listening exams.
How many times will you listen?
- In most listening tests you hear the text more than once. The first time you should listen for general understanding and the second time for more specific information.
- If you listen more than once, don't worry if you don't hear all the answers the first time. Keep calm and listen for the answers the second time.
- If you don't hear an answer, don't panic. Sometimes key information is repeated later in the audio.
- If you only listen once and don't hear all the answers, think about the context and choose/write an answer that makes sense. Use your common sense and guess – you might be right.