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.


SlidesofKnowledge's picture
26 October, 2016 - 21:30

I don't think that listenings exams are so difficult.My last experience in a listening exam was last year. I understand quite good the native English person(if the person speaks slowly, of course), but I don't understand no native English people.They are trying to speak English as well as they can in the recording, but they make me feel nervous! If you think, it sees so funny saying this if you aren't English.

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
27 October, 2016 - 05:18

Hi SlidesofKnowledge. It's great that you are so positive about listening exams. Many exam recordings these days have different speakers with different accents in them, so in your practice for the exam it's useful to listen to different accents. That should help to make it less nerve-inducing. You can try some videos in our Video Zone - there are videos with speakers from around the world there. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Kent's picture
14 October, 2016 - 07:24

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
1 April, 2016 - 12:30

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 ;)

213 users have voted.
HadiaSABAH's picture
15 February, 2016 - 17:07

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
15 February, 2016 - 19:22

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

211 users have voted.
mahfuz's picture
9 November, 2015 - 10:04

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
18 September, 2015 - 00:00

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

262 users have voted.
CoolPink's picture
10 August, 2015 - 21:31

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.

266 users have voted.
YANINE's picture
14 July, 2015 - 12:34

hi my friendes Please help me I understand something not all. I want to talk in English Please help me

284 users have voted.
JoEditor's picture
14 July, 2015 - 15:14

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) 

286 users have voted.
NATALYY's picture
9 June, 2015 - 14:18

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

311 users have voted.
wingsntails's picture
3 January, 2015 - 20:21

I hate listening exams though i am a good English pupil. No matter how easy or difficult the passage is I always get C.

427 users have voted.
LoveEnglish7's picture
21 November, 2014 - 15:27

Oh, I have written one listening test for two weeks and I got an E so i can say that that's difficult to me.

412 users have voted.