It's important to know how many times you will listen to the text so make sure you ask your teacher.

  • 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.

Discussion

Tell us about when you were able to guess the meaning of a difficult word using the context and other words in the sentence.