Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how to predict on the IELTS Listening Exam to increase your scores.

What is prediction?

This is a skill that, according to students in our course, greatly improves your ability to get the right answers.

Prediction is when you look at the answer you need, and actively think about what you might hear.

You should start by predicting word form, like noun/verb-ing, verb, adjective, etc.

Then, try predicting specific answers.





Why should you predict?

This prediction of a specific answer is not necessarily going to be correct- the point is just to warm up your brain so you are ready to receive the answer when they come.

We must warm up our brains as much as possible before we listen, and tackle the exam in an active way. Active test-takers get higher scores than passive ones!

In short, you cannot wait for the answer to come to you.

Use the time given before you listen to underline key words and predict possible answers.


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What are examples of prediction?

Section 1: [in video]
Homestay Application

Length of homestay: 1. ___________
Course enrolled in: 2. __________
Family preferences: no 3. _____________ no objection to 4. _______________

1. Number and time; 3 weeks
2. Noun, subject; English, French, Arabic
3. noun/verb-ing; pets
4. noun/verb-ing; sharing a room

Section 4: [not given in video]

A company providing luxury serviced apartments aims to:
Cater specifically for 30. _________ travellers
Provide a stylish 31. ______ for guests to use

30. Adj.; wealthy, adventurous, youthful
31. Noun; gym, event space

Now, it’s your turn to practice!

Take extra time before you listen to practice this skill- pause the CD, and focus on prediction.

Then, in a week’s time, you can become faster and accomplish this in the time given.

What do you think of today’s Listening advice?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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