IELTS Listening Strategy # 10 Listen for Specific Details

Most answers will be gained by listening to the specific details. For many candidates, this may be tricky because listening very carefully for specific details is different from normal types of listening that you might do during daily life.

Therefore, to succeed at IELTS listening, you must focus very carefully on the small details.

For example, when the speakers are talking about a table, you may be asked how old it is, how much it costs, and what material it is made of.

In section 1, the seller may be describing a car that she is selling. You should listen for information such as:

  • the priceof the car
  • the ageof the car
  • the makeof the car (company that made it)
  • the colourof the car
  • how many kilometresit has driven
  • whether it is in good conditionor bad condition

In section 2, the speaker may be talking about an event. Therefore, there will probably be questions about information such as:

  • The timeof the event
  • Thepeople at the event
  • The length of the event
  • The locationof the event
  • If the event is formalor informal

In section 3, the dialogue between two speakers may be about an essay which is due at university. Specific information may include:

  • The timeit is due
  • The number of wordsrequired
  • The number of referencesrequired
  • If there is an example essay
  • If it needs to include an introductionand a conclusion
  • How the essay should be handed in: by hard copyor uploaded by computer

In section 4, the lecture may be about a species of animal which is under threat of extinction. Specific information may include:

  • The locationof the animal
  • The numberof animals left in the wild
  • The numberof animals in zoos
  • The reasonswhy the animals are in danger