Open answer questions can be difficult, but these tips will help you.

  • Read the questions and underline the important information you need to listen for.
  • Write the numbers for the questions before you listen. Write notes next to the right number as you listen.
  • Just write down key words. Don't try and write complete, perfect sentences while you listen.
  • Write the key words quickly, even if they are incomplete.
  • Write abbreviations, not complete words, e.g. info (not information), Eng (not English), etc.
  • Don't worry about spelling while you listen. You can correct spelling later.
  • Listening time is to concentrate on what you can hear, not on your writing.


How well did you do in the exercise?  Was any of this advice new to you?