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Listening Techniques

1. All test takers – Academic and General – take the same Listening Test

2. The test is for 40 minutes. 30 minutes for listening and writing the answers. The rest 10 minutes for transferring the answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.

3. There would be 4 Sections

a. Section 1 – 2 speakers in a social or semi-official context

b. Section 2 – 1 speaker in a non-academic context

c. Section 3 – 3 or 4 speakers in academic context or course related stituations

d. Section 4 – 1 speaker – This is an academic lecture or talk.

The sections are graded from easy to complex.

4. The questions will expect the test taker to

a. Fill forms

b. Complete notes

c. Complete table

d. Complete sentences

e. Complete summary

f. Complete flowchart

g. Complete notes

h. Label diagrams, map or plan

i. Answer short questions

j. Match statements

As you progress

5. Follow the instructions given in the question. For example, if the question asks one to fill the blank in one or two words, then if three words are written, the answer will be marked wrong even if, the answer contains the correct answer.

6. Write correct spelling. Incorrect spelling means wrong answers.

7. Write all answers in CAPITAL LETTERS.

8. If you did not understand what to fill in the blank, still fill the blank even if it is the wrong answer. Then move to the next question. Look forward and let not a wrong answer impact your future performance.

9. In between questions, time is given to read the next set of questions. Use this time optimally.

10. In label diagram, the answers will come in the question order. In case, a test taker misses one, they should got to the next part.

11. In map, keep a pencil handy and write the location as you move according to the direction.

12. Read the questions before you begin listening to the monologue, conversation or speech.

13. For questions where the test taker needs to understand the recording and answer questions, keep writing the main ideas in the rough column. Alternatively, one can understand the central idea and use one owns knowledge level to answer the questions.

14. Try and see if you can anticipate what could be a probable answer.

15. The questions given in the test paper maybe using similar meaning words and not the same words as you may have heard in the listening section. Thus it is important to know synonyms and acquire the method to paraphrase mentally while listening.