For questions in the Listening exam which require you to write the answer:
Use only words that you hear in the recording.
Make sure that you spell the words correctly.
In Part 4 of the IELTS Listening exam you have to listen to a talk on a topic of general academic interest.
You do not need to know all of the vocabulary.
If you hear a word you don’t know, listen for expressions like:
- in other words
- that is
- by … I mean
- that is to say
The text that follows these expressions helps you understand the word.
Employers value conscientious workers, that is workers who complete tasks with care.
When questions in the IELTS Listening exam require you to write one or more words you need to make sure that you use the correct part of speech.
When you learn a new word, learn its associated parts of speech.
When completing a summary in the IELTS Listening exam you should write words that you hear in the gaps.
However, the words that you see around the gaps in the summary are likely to be synonyms of the words that you hear.
You see: Teachers often find it difficult to ____________students’ abilities.
You hear: Educators often find it challenging to assess students’ abilities.
When preparing to listen, underline key words in the summary and anticipate synonyms.