- Write your answers on the test and copy them later. At the end of the listening test, you are given 10 whole minutes to copy all your answers to the Answer Sheet. DO NOT waste any time in copying during the actual test. This might actually distract you and you could lose valuable marks.
- Follow instructions very carefully. A common mistake is that the candidates do not always read the instructions. If the instructions state, “Write no more than three words” and you write more, then you will receive no marks for your answer. Also, be very careful because in some tasks you are asked to circle two answers, sometimes three, and so on. Read the instructions carefully every time. They may differ from the previous ones.
- Misspelled words receive no marks. Listen carefully to the audio recording. If you write the singular of a word instead of its plural form, your answer will be considered wrong (for example, if you write ‘studio’ instead of ‘studios’).
- Familiarise yourself with spelling names, addresses and, city names! Spelling errors are the number one mistake in the Listening Section! Ask your teacher, for example, to provide tasks which involve British city names so you can be prepared beforehand. In the listening section, these names are not repeated twice.
- Incomplete answer. For example, if you hear an address and, instead of writing it all down, you choose to write down only the street number and not its name, or vice versa.
- Double-check your answer. Does it make sense in the context? Check, for example, if you answered with an adjective but, in fact, a noun is required.
- Familiarise yourself with charts, diagrams, graphs, etc . For example,the most important problem with diagram labeling might be to realise where the description begins (it might , for example, describe a open space like a zoo so the diagram is not in a linear but in a circular flow ). So pay attention especially to the first minutes of the listening section.
- In the multiple choice questions, do not just choose an answer because the words are the same! Make sure you choose the correct meaning!
- Focus on what is repeated!Quite often, if something is repeated, it means this is the correct answer.
- Do not leave anything unanswered. Sometimes, if you are not sure of your answer, you might leave the question behind. Even so, you should still write it down. It’s better to take a risk if you are unsure than leave an answer blank.
Good luck !