The Academic IELTS Listening Test is tricky and demanding so it is worth preparing as well as possible before your test date. Knowing exactly what type of questions you can expect is very important. Below is an overview of one of the main IELTS Listening question types - 'Form Completion'.
University English Language Courses
Name: (1) __________
Course length: (2) __________
Number of hours per week: (3) __________
- Course 1: January 3 to (4) ___________
- Course 2: (5) _________ to December 19
Deposit: (6) $__________
Accommodation: $200 per week plus (7) $__________ registration
'Form Completion' questions often occur in Section 1 of the IELTS Listening Test (‘Social’ Context) and require people to listen to a conversation between at least two people. Often this conversation is a telephone conversation. Based on the information provided in the recording, candidates complete the details in the form. Don’t just listen to the tape to get the answers. It is useful to think about what sort of information you need to listen for. Look at the questions above:
1. ‘Name’ - obviously listen for a name.
2. ‘Course Length’ - probably a number of hours
3. ‘Number of hours per week’ - certainly a number of hours – probably less than 40 hours.
4. ‘Course 1’ - you need to listen for a date.
5. ‘Course 2’ - again you need to listen for a date.
6. ‘Deposit’ - a number of dollars.
7. ‘Accommodation’ - again a number of dollars.
'Active' listening in this fashion means you will be ready for the answers as they appear in the recording.
Tip: If you have to write down a name, and it’s a difficult spelling, the name will be spelt
out like this: “L-A-N-A-S-T-E-R”. If the name is a word, an example might be given like this: “Robin Day - opposite of NIGHT” (the person's surname is "Day" because 'day' is opposite
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