IELTS Listening: All the basics, from the British Council


31 Dec, 2019

The problem

It’s easy to do badly in IELTS Listening if you don’t have a thorough understanding of what to expect. For example, are you confident you can answer these questions:

  1. Is it important to use capital letters accurately?
  2. Is a point subtracted if you get an answer wrong?
  3. How much time do you have to study the question paper before the audio starts?

Equally importantly, what should you do with the time you have between looking at the question paper and listening to the recording? What should you do if you can’t hear the audio clearly? Knowing this can easily make the difference between one band score and another in IELTS Listening.

The solution: Getting the basics right

When you prepare for IELTS Listening, you need to start with the basics. Begin here:

  1. The British Council has published an excellent series of videos. Start with the IELTS Listening video here.
  2. Get everything important on a single study sheet that you can refer to whenever you have doubts or queries. Subscribe to the study sheets for all the IELTS papers on this page. (Scroll down to “Free IELTS study guides”.)