IELTS Listening Strategy # 21 Forget the Missed Question

Many IELTS candidates have missed two or three listening answers in a row, simply because they are still thinking about the answer that they just missed. Do not do this while the speaker is still speaking.

It sometimes happens that you know you’ve missed an answer. Maybe you weren’t concentrating for just a second, and now you can see that the speaker is up to the next question on the question sheet.

Forget about the fish that got away! Worry about it when the speaker has finished and you have a few seconds to guess the answer. Do not lose focus during the listening itself, because it will affect your ability to focus on the remaining questions.

It’s better to get one answer wrong and then refocus than miss the next three in a row because you are still thinking about the past.