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In any listening exam there is a lot you can do to prepare yourself before the teacher plays the recording and you actually listen to the text. If you are well prepared before you even hear the first word of the text, you will do much better in the test.

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Tell us what you usually do before a listening exam.

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Patty0106 17 December, 2016 - 21:14

Before a listening exam I usually read the questions, then I try to keep calm and not to think about anything in order that I can understand what I am going to listen.

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AnnaNguyen 16 August, 2016 - 04:30

Hi, I have a problem in my vocabulary so it governs my listening exam a lot, can you help me?

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JoEditor 16 August, 2016 - 11:05

Hi!
Your vocabulary will improve the more you read and listen to English - so try and have as much contact with English as you can. We have a lot of listening practice on this website. Read as much as possible too and you will see that your vocabulary will get better and better. 
Good luck in your next listening exam!
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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HL 22 December, 2015 - 16:45

Hello everyone,

I would like to say that before any listening exam we have to prepare all materials that we need and keep clam. Then I read question many times to get the idea of that this will help everyone to do better in exam.

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melodiana 22 December, 2014 - 19:04

I read the questions many times so I know what I am going to listen to. However, I really have this problem of not being able to hear the record well. I am worried about the ILETS exam.

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JoEditor 23 December, 2014 - 08:57

Hi melodiana,
On our LearnEnglish site we have a lot of practice material for the IELTS exam. Here's the link: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts We also have a lot of listening practice in our Listening skills section. This will help you to prepare for the exam too.
Good luck! Best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

 

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JoEditor 11 October, 2014 - 14:35

Hi melikerior,
This section is all about how to do listening exams well, but there aren't any audio recordings for you to practise your listening here. You can find lots of listening practice in the Listening skills practice section. Try the listenings in that section to practise for your next exam. :) 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Jonathan - Coor... 1 December, 2013 - 02:25

Hi chimis. You're very welcome! Thanks for writing and telling us. Do you have listening tests coming up soon?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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JoEditor 2 June, 2015 - 07:03

Hi trnmtllmv,
Have a look at these pagesfor advice about listening and a practice test:
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/test-day-advice/listening-test-advice
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-your-test/free-ielts-practice-tests/listening-practice-test-1

Also, the British Council is running a free, online course for IELTS at the moment. The course has already started but you can still join up. Here's the link: 

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts

There is also a section about IELTS on our LearnEnglish website: 
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts

Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Ilehana 23 July, 2013 - 20:56

Well, I clear my mind, and try to keep calm before it, and concentrate about the topic.

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jamako 21 July, 2013 - 21:29

before the listening test, i make a sheet of all the hard words that i feel that i'll hear them so that, i could remind them when i hear them quickly .

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MALINE 8 June, 2013 - 22:18

First take a deep breath,second read the questions and thrid try to guess the answers,this is a very good idea ´cause sometimes the questions make sense to the answers.

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Nga Long 1 June, 2013 - 09:07

Before listening exam, I always read the listeninf exercises carefully. Read the questions, senteces and I make some prediction about the answer. I always prepare paper and pencil to check note information which I can listen.

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Aidroos Muhammad 22 May, 2013 - 10:12

Everytime I get listening exam, I prepare myself like this ,, Read all the questions carefully and take a deep breath and start having it ,, That's all ,,

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loveenglish 5 December, 2012 - 17:16

I'm little bit scared of listening exam..but,these advices make me stronger for tomorow test. Sometimes,there are trick questions on listening exam,and you just need use your imagination to guess the answer,that is good part of test. You can play with situacion. I sometimes do that. Try it too! ;)

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Sizar Torres 26 August, 2012 - 23:02

My main problem in listening exams is pronunciation,when I hear the words I feel that it's new , but it isn't! and that's because we were not taught properly in school.So I am know working on this and when I learn a new word before knowing its meaning I look for its pronunciation.
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Lunashine 21 June, 2012 - 12:37

Before a listening exam, I usually read the questions. I then try guess the answers before the teacher plays the CD. Reading the questions allows me to know what are the informations I must find out during the listening test.

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JoEditor 21 June, 2012 - 14:03

Hi Lunashine,

That's a great idea! Reading the questions and having a guess at the answers even before you hear the audio is an excellent plan. Thanks for sharing your advice. :)

Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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