IELTS listening section one contains a dialogue between two people in daily settings. When you are listening, you need to fill in the blanks with information in the dialogue. It is not a difficult part of the listening test. Therefore, our goal is to get all answers correct in this section. Here are the section 1 IELTS listening tips for you to get better scores on this section!
IELTS Listening Section One Tips
Read Instructions and Questions Carefully
The first thing you need to do is to read the instructions and questions carefully. Instructions are important because they tell you what to do. Take the following sentence for example:
Write no more than one word and/or a number for each answer.
You need to know that you should write just one word/number for each blank. Always keep it in your mind when writing your answers.
The questions will tell you what kind of information is required. As reading questions while listening will distract you, it is better to read them while the speaker is reading the example question.
Use Your Prior Knowledge
Then you can use your prior knowledge to predict the words. Prior knowledge refers to your own knowledge and life experience. Most situations in IELTS listening section one are familiar to students. Here is a list of common situations and related vocabulary in this section.
Payment: cash, check, credit card, money order
House type: house, flat, dorm, homestay, student hostel
Facilities: gym, laundry, furniture, household appliances
ID: ID card, passport, driving license/licence, student card
Book type: novel, magazine, newspaper, fiction, non-fiction, journal, reference book
Rules: due date, loan period, fine, renew a book
Types of bank account: saving account, checking account, deposit account, debit card, credit card
Activities: withdraw money, transfer money, deposit money, open/suspend/activate an account
Required information: billing address, phone number, bank statement
- Booking a flight
Basic information: departing date, returning date, first/business/economy class
Types of ticket: one-way, round-trip, multi-destination, non-stop flight
- Buying insurance
Types of insurance: home insurance, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, critical illness insurance
Other related words: coverage, third party, monthly/half-yearly/annually payment, insurance terms
Write Down Answers on the Paper First (for paper-based IELTS)
Although the computer-delivered IELTS is becoming more and more common, the majority of IELTS test-takers still take the exam in its “classic” paper-based form. If your IELTS will be paper-based, be prepared to do some old fashioned writing by hand.
When you are listening, write down answers on the test paper first and then transfer them to the answer sheet. Writing down answers on the answer sheet will be a distraction because you have to pay attention to handwriting and spelling. Besides, you will have another 10 minutes to finish your answer sheet at the end of the listening section.
Last but not least, if you’re taking the paper-based IELTS, check out Magoosh’s guide to IELTS handwriting.
Check Spelling and Grammar
Before handing in your answer sheet, do not forget to check spelling and grammar, especially the plural and past forms of nouns and verbs. Although most students understand these rules, they may have careless mistakes in the test.
IELTS Listening Section One Practice
Click the following links to get sample tasks for you to practice!
Sample test 1 from British Council
Sample test 2 from IELTS Essentials
Sample test 3 from IELTS-exam.net
Sample test 4 from Exam Engilsh