Listening Test: Tips and Techniques – Part 2



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  1. Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

What is the task?

You will have to listen to a recording of a passage. On the screen/paper, there will be a question regarding the passage and a list of possible answers. You have to select all the answers which are correctly related to the passage you have listened to. There will be 2-3 such tasks. The purpose of the task is to test your ability to identify correct information based on what you comprehend through listening.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Take notes: While listening to the recording, make a note of the main points. Based on these points, write down the topic of the passage as you understand it. Make sure that you pay close attention to what is said so that it remains fresh in your memory – your notes will help to refresh your memory.
  2. When the task begins, first read the question and understand what is being asked:
  • Is it the purpose of the passage i.e. what the speaker is doing?
    • (e.g. “explaining”, “describing:, “criticizing”; before you take the mock test, find out the meanings of such words/phrases – when you know what these mean, you will know if the passage is doing them.)
  • Or is it the content of the passage i.e. what the speaker is talking about?
  1. Read each option carefully – select the options which say the truest thing about the passage OR something that has actually been mentioned in the passage (depending on the type of question).
  • The wordings of the options may not be exactly what is mentioned in the recorded passage – use your notes to see which of the options are similar to what was actually said. Ensure that the ideas in the option are linked together in the same way as they are in the passage.
  1. Don’t forget that there will definitely be more than one correct option.

 

  1. Fill in the Blanks

What is the task?

There will be a passage on the screen/page. As you read it, you will listen to a recording of the same. You have to type out the missing words in the blank spaces. There will be 2-3 such tasks. The purpose of the task is to test your ability to listen and comprehend.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Pay close attention to the recorded passage and read the text at the same time. When you hear the missing word, write/type it in the blank.
  2. Be mindful of spellings. Working on your vocabulary as mentioned in the general tips and techniques will help improve your spellings.

Practice under professional guidance is one of the best ways to absorb these skills – and ace the test! Get in touch with Hurray Academy for more – email us at: info@hurrayedutech.com or call us on: 8971357938.

 

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