Listening exams

Listening exams


This section gives you help and advice for all types of listening tests and exams. We explain what you can do before a listening exam and during the exam to get top marks.

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Listening exams can be stressful and you might feel that you can’t do very much in order to prepare for them. Read the advice here and you will find lots of ideas on how you can get better marks in listening exams. Good luck!

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Do you find listening exams difficult? Tell us about the last listening exam you did.


Kent's picture

I think listening exams are fine, unless there's static or other obscuring noises. The last exam, I'm not exactly sure how it went, but I'm sure it went.

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lemon_twist106's picture

Had my first language exam two days ago got an A* : )
It was way easier than i thought it would be, and although i was really nervous to start with, i soon started to relax after talking for a few minutes. My advice to any of you with exams soon would be to write down a list of buletpoints (not a script) and time yourself while you prepare :) It will all go fine just as long as you remember to stay calm ;)

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HadiaSABAH's picture

Once i think, my english teacher made us hear one of the listening exercises on this page and later on when i discovered this website, it was like a goldmine! Even tomorrow i've got a listening assessment and that's why i'm here right now!

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JoEditor's picture

Hi HadiaSabah,
Good luck in your assessment. We're glad you've discovered our website too. :)
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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mahfuz's picture

Couple of months ago I went British council to gave my ILTES exam. And I found that writing, speaking ,reading exam quite easy for me. But l couldn't able to got listing test 6.5 or 7 .. I got only 5. Sometimes it quite difficult for me to understand difficult words. I don't know what should I do. And sometime I do understand but when I ready to write they're going to another topic so early. Perhaps that's why it's become difficult for me.

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Nado_Nado's picture

I believe that they were so easy and I've tried all the levels...I'm entering the IGCSE English as a second language exam this June and Listening can be the main reason for me to get a B or a C and I really need to get an A* so I need to practice on a much higher level

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CoolPink's picture

To me listening exams are not difficult because both easier to learn pronunciation and somehow quickly remembered. I think that most of vocabulary adopted from the series and films. Very useful if you want to increase your vocabulary. So with the help of a series of classes and know more Italian and French.

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JoEditor's picture

Hi Yanine,
Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens. A good place to start on our website is with the lower level material (Level A1) in our Skills section. You can start with the reading, listening and writing at A1. Do one or two of the activities and then tell us if they are OK for you.
There are lots of people here to help you, so don't worry. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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NATALYY's picture

Hi! I had one listening exam on Italian language.It was very difficult and there were so many words I didn't know.That was first listening ex. in my life.Wasn't very good,but I'm learning now and I'm doing them well.I want to say that everything necessary for being better in listening exams is practice.
+Very helpfull,THANKS

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