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Tips and Strategies on IELTS Listening Module

IELTS - Listening @ AURA

IELTS General Training Test measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. During the test, the candidate hears excerpts from various sources and it reflects both academic and social situation.

Duration of the Test (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answer to your answer sheet)
Listening and speaking sections are the same for both versions of the test and is designed to assess a wide range of listening skills, including how well you:

    • Understand main ideas and specific factual information.
    • Recognize the opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker.
    • Follow the development of an argument.

The IELTS Listening test is divided into four sections, comprising 10 questions per section. The difficulty level goes high as you progress through the sections.

Section Description
1 You listen to a conversation between two people set in an everyday social situation, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency, and answer questions on your comprehension.
2 You listen to a monologue set in an everyday social situation, e.g. a speech about local facilities or a talk about the arrangements for meals during a conference.
3 You listen to a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a group of students planning a research project.
4 You listen to a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. universities lecture.

AURA Recommended Approach Towards Questions:

Although, each listening question type has it’s unique features, the basic approach to each one is the same. There are 3 important things you must do for each set of questions you encounter.
  1. Analyze the questions
  2. Predict the answers
  3. Track questions and the Speaker.

AURA Test Prep Strategies:

  1. Focus on ‘Low Hanging Fruits First’
  2. IELTS Listening requires serious Concentration. (you get to listen the recording only once)
  3. Listen to academic discussions and Lectures on regular basis.
  4. Target on Key words mentioned during the discussion.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the type of questions in IELTS Listening.
  6. Be an Active Listener.

Important Tips to follow during the Test:

  1. As you listen, write down the answers in your test booklet and then transfer them at the end of the Listening Test.
  2. If you miss a question, don’t dwell on it because you may miss the answer to the next one. (Meaning if you miss one, move on..)
  3. Make sure you follow the word count in the instructions of each question. For example, if the instruction say ‘write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD’ and you write ‘the train’ instead of ‘train’, your answer will be marked as incorrect.
  4. If you are unsure of the correct response, try to figure out which choice is most consistent with the main idea of the conversation or the lecture.
  5. Check the instructions to see if you can have a number or number(s).


It’s not just a listening test; it is an understanding, reading, writing, vocabulary and spelling test. We at AURA train our students in all these skills under exam condition.

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Blog Writer: Nutan Singh (Lead Verbal Trainer @ AURA)