Gear English GT Course 001
IELTS Listening Test
1st of the 4 aspects of the test (between 9:00-9:30am)
40 minutes for 4 sections (same for Academic and GT)
30 minutes for questions and 10 minutes to transfer answers
10 questions for each section, sections get increasingly difficult
IELTS Listening Criteria
-Dialects (British, Australian, Canadian and others)
-Lexical Resources (Canal, Premiere)
-Paraphrase & Synonyms
Section 1-Conversation between 2 speakers about everyday situation
An example will be given before the conversation begins. _______________________________
The conversation usually involves in enquiring information such as booking a hotel, buying a train ticket, opening a bank account or asking price of the car insurance.
Key testing points:
Address and Postal Code
Phone numbers, passport number, flight number and etc.
Common nouns and adjectives
3 words __________________________________________________
Types of question
IELTS Listening Sentence Completion Strategies
Look through the sentences before you start to get an idea of what you will be hearing.
Pay particular attention to the words that come before and after the gap to help you notice when the word is spoken.
Try to guess what may go in the gap - is it a place, name, number, or something else?
Remember that the words you see in the sentence may be synonyms of the words from the audio, so you may be listening out for words with similar meanings.
Write the exact words, phrases or numbers that you hear in the gap on your question paper.
Always check the word limit - your answer will be marked wrong if you exceed the number of words allowed.
Section 2 Monologue
Section 3 Conversation
Section 4 Monologue
IELTS Listening marking schemes
For the listening test, which contains 40 questions, the approximate band scores can be calculated using this table.
IELTS Speaking test is the fourth section of IELTS test. It is the same for Academic and General IELTS.IELTS speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and the examiner, which lasts from 10 to 15 minutes and has 3 sections.
Section 1: introduction and interview (4–5 minutes). First of all, the examiner will ask you to tell your name and show your passport. After you introduce yourself to the examiner, you will be asked some questions on general topics, such as work, studies, home, family, interests etc.
Section 2: long turn (3–4 minutes). You will be given a task card about a particular topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare a monologue on the given topic. Then you return the task card to the examiner and talk about the topic for 2 minutes. After your talk the examiner may ask you a few questions.
Section 3: discussions (4–5 minutes). The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the test taker, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in Section 2.
IELTS Speaking marking schemes
The speaking test is also marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:
Fluency and coherence
Grammatical range and accuracy
Speaking test part 1: questions
Let’s talk about your home town or village:
what kind of place is it?
what’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
what kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)
Let’s move on to talk about accommodation:
tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
how long have you lived there?
what do you like about living there?
what sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?
You can read the transcript of the audio to check any words that you did not understand.
Do you think that this candidate performed well?
Think about how you can improve your own Speaking test.
Examiner: Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK?
Let’s talk about your home town or village. What kind of place is it?
Candidate: It’s quite a small village, about 20km from Zurich. And it’s very quiet. And we have only little ... two little shops because most of the people work in Zurich or are orientated to the city.
Examiner: What’s the most interesting part of this place ... village?
Candidate: On the top of a hill we have a little castle which is very old and quite well known in Switzerland.
Examiner: What kind of jobs do people in the village do?
Candidate: We have some farmers in the village as well as people who work in Zurich as bankers or journalists or there are also teachers and some doctors, some medicines.
Examiner: Would you say it’s a good place to live?
Candidate: Yes. Although it is very quiet, it is … people are friendly and I would say it is a good place to live there, yes.
Examiner: Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in ...
What is your job?
Where do you work?
Why did you choose that job?
Is it a popular job in your country?
Do you like your job?
Do you get on well with your colleagues?
What was your first day like?
What responsibilities do you have at work?
If you had the chance, would you change your job?
Do you plan to continue with your job in the future?