Knowing how many different voices you are going to hear will help you prepare before you listen to the text. There is sometimes information in the question which will give you an idea of who is speaking, and you can start to imagine the scenario.

  • How many speakers are there? Look at the instructions. Is it a dialogue? A monologue?
  • Is it an interview? If so, the interviewer's questions may be the same as your questions. This will help you listen for the answer.

Discussion

You might hear many different speakers in an exam.  Do you find any accents difficult?  Do you find men or women easier to understand when listening to spoken English?