IELTS Listening Strategy # 11 Practice Numbers, Names and Letters

You will need to practice writing detailed information. Remember, you only have one time to listen, so you need to be perfectly accurate when you hear the speaker saying letters and numbers.

The following are examples of the type of information you will hear:

1.Addresses

76 Gideon Ave

Unit 67/32 Metropolis St (first number is the apartment, second is the street number)

15 Forest Rd, Kenwick, 4683

2.Names

McDonaugh

Jean Stimpson

Marcus Orrenfeld (two consecutive same letters are pronounced ‘double’ r)

3.Phone Numbers

0367 853 981 (the zero is often pronounced ‘oh’)

4573 6429

44 87 664 664 (two consecutive same numbers are pronounced ‘double’ six)

4.Dates

When you write dates in full, you can write either the date or month first.  If you need to include the year, the year should come last.  In abbreviated form, the pattern should be date/month/year (eg. 23/7/2014).

The fifteenth of July = 15 July or July 15th

October the third = October 3 or 3rd October

New Year’s Eve = Dec 31st or 31 December

5.Account Numbers

753999AFH4432

200798000T

GH5982L7S9

6.Using Abbreviations

It is a good idea to write with abbreviations because this will save you time when you are transferring your answers. You can use standard abbreviations such as:

  • centimetres – cm
  • kilometres – km
  • dollars – $
  • pounds – £
  • street – St
  • Road – Rd
  • Doctor – Dr
  • Missus – Mrs

Bonus Tip!

The next time you watch a YouTube video or movie in English, try to listen to the small details when the people are speaking. Listening for specific details is different from general information about a subject. In many cases, people try to get the general information about a topic. But IELTS is clear about testing your ability to hear details correctly. This is a skill you must practice.