IELTS Listening Strategy # 4 Become Familiar with the Spoken Instructions

At the start of the IELTS listening test, you will always hear some opening instructions, as follows:

“You will hear a number of different recordings and you will have to answer questions on what you hear. There will be time for you to read the instructions and questions, and you will have a chance to check your work. All the recordings will be played once only.

The test is in four sections. Write all your answers in the listening question booklet (or questions area for the Computer-Based Test.)

At the end of the test, you will be given ten minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet (You will not hear this in instruction for the Computer-Based Test).

Now turn to section one on page two.

Section 1. A student wants to register for an event. Listen to the conversation between the student and the woman and answer the questions.

First you have some time to look at questions one to five.
(Thirty seconds time will pass)

You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played twice.

A: Hello.
B: Good afternoon, can I help you?
A: Yes, is this where I can register for the Student Innovations event?
B: It is. Tell me your name and I can provide you with an entry pass.
The student says he wants to register for the Student Innovations event. So, you write the words ‘Student Innovations’.

Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen, because you will not hear the recording a second time. Look at the registration form, listen carefully, and answer the questions one to five.

Bonus Tip!

Notice the section that says 30 seconds time will pass. This is the perfect chance for you to predict what type of information will be in the answers.