3. Short answer questions
a. Understand and follow the instructions. Check how many
words/numbers you need to use.
b. Read through the questios to get the idea of the context. (20 sec)
c. Highlight key words in the questions.
d. Predict: anticipate the type of answer (e.g. places, nouns, …) you
may hear and think of possible answers.
Remember! All the answers will be in order as the listening.
5. Table completion
In table completion tasks in IELTS listening, there are row or column
headings which tell the test taker the TYPE of information they are
6. Note/Table completion
a. Survey the questions to get an idea of context.
b. Read the instruction carefully to check the number of items per gap.
c. Look closely at headings or prompt words to identify the type of
information that is missing.
d. Look closely around the gaps to identify the part of speech that’s
e. Look at the other examples on the page to see HOW to write the
f. Predict possible logical answers.
7. Keeping up with the speaker: Identifying
While listening strategy
• Listen out for key words from the questions/synonyms of these to
help you identify when it’s time to move on to the next question.
• Draw attention to the field headings. The speaker will use signposting
expressions to move from topic to topic.
9. Sentence completion
1. Check instructions How many words can you write? Can you use numbers?
2. Understand the context of the conversation and
identify the key words in each question
Think of synonyms or other ways of rephrasing the key
3. Look at the gap and decide what type of word(s) is/are
What is the ‘grammar’ of the missing information? Is the
word a noun, and adjective or a verb etc..
4. Listen carefully. Think about who is likely to say the answer. And
remember, the answers from the audio recording are in
the same order as the questions.
5. Write down the answer on the test paper if you’re
doing the test on paper, or type the answer in the answer
box on the screen if you’re doing the test on computer.
Don’t worry at this stage to check grammar or spelling.
Just write down what you hear and listen for the next
6. Check your answers. You have time at the end of this recording before Part 4
starts. You can use this time to make sure the sentence is
correct grammatically and you have spelt the words
10. Follow-up activities
Use the audio scripts to:
• locate answers.
• identify how an answer is being ‘signalled’.
• note the use of synonyms or rephrasing of the words in the