1. Take care when you transfer your answersand pay attention to the word limit for your answers on your answer sheet!
2. Focus on what the speaker is saying not how they say it.
3. Attempt all questions– there are no penalties for incorrect answers. Be careful to not waste time on a question that you don’t know though – guess and move on.
4. Prepare to hear a potential answer that is not the actual answer. This is common when two people are making plans. They first agree on meeting at a certain time, but then one remembers that they cannot so they decide on a new time.
5. Try to guess what the speaker is going to say. Speakers, will often drop clue words or outline what they will to talk about beforehand. This gives you the ability to start your own outline to then fill in.
6. Listen to IELTS podcast, take notes and improve your note-taking skills.
7. Multiple choice answers will ask for a letter (a, b, c, d).Write the letter and not the corresponding answer.
8. Hyphenated words (like “part-time”) are considered as one word.
9. Watch out for plurals in answers. If the question requires a plural answer, a singular answer is incorrect.
10. Answers appear in the order they are heard in the audio.They come quickly or with large gaps between them.
11. A date (1990) is considered one number.
12. Don’t take notes in complete sentences – jot down the key points and abbreviate. You only need to write down enough to help your memory later.
13. Get the habit of distinguishing between essential and non-essential information. If two people are talking about making plans for a dinner date, the important information is the date/time they finally agree upon. Other dates/times they considered become irrelevant.
14. When asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, and the correct answer is “leather coat,” then “a coat made of leather” is incorrect. Same goes for numbers.