Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today I’ll talk about 2 reasons why you may not understand the IELTS Listening Test.

This is tough.

You can easily understand teachers speaking English. So, why are you still getting low scores on the IELTS Listening Exam?

Firstly, teachers usually speak more slowly.

They also tend to use vocabulary that they know you’ll understand.

Although speakers on the Listening test are not exactly speaking like we do in real life, they still speak fast and use a wide range of vocabulary.



2 Reasons Why You Can’t Understand the IELTS Listening Test

1. Test Anxiety

Perhaps tests just make you nervous. It’s common!

Try to create more positive associations with listening to English, by finding motivating resources.

Only listen to podcasts and watch movies/TV shows that you really like.

Also, take the test practice slowly!


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Start by listening and reading the transcripts at the same time.

Then, work backwards. Write all the answers first, then listen.

2. Low Listening Comprehension

You must challenge yourself to improve, and expose yourself to more English!

Find podcasts with transcripts, like Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and On The Media.

Listen and read along with the transcripts.

Next, use the transcripts for only the first half.

Then, listen with no extra help.

You can follow this system for subtitles as well, meaning, first, watch a movie or episode all the way through with subtitles.

Then, only have them turned on for half the video.

Finally, you’re ready to watch with no help.

Try out today’s strategies, and prepare for test success!

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