IELTS Listening - Top 14 tips!

Improve your IELTS score with these quick tips! In this lesson, you will learn about the Listening module of the IELTS exam. I will teach you the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. Watch this free video, so that you know how to practice for the IELTS Listening test. I want you to be prepared and confident on your test day, so that you can get the best results on your IELTS! TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I am going to teach you my top tips for the IELTS listening module. Okay? So, before I teach you these tips, you might be wondering: "What's the IELTS listening module?" Well, the IELTS is a test and one part of the test is listening. So, in the listening section, you're going to have 40 questions where you're going to listen to some conversations for about 30 minutes, and then you'll have 10 minutes to transfer your answers over to another sheet. So, in total, it's 40 minutes; 30 minutes for listening, 10 minutes for writing down your answers. Okay, now this part of the IELTS is very possible to get a high mark, especially if you follow my tips. All right? Now, before we get started, I just want to let you know: I know you can do the IELTS. I know you can pass, I know you can get a great mark, a great bandwidth - you just have to have confidence in yourself and you have to practice. Practice, practice, practice; it really pays off. So let's get started. So, my first tip: write no more than three words. What do I mean by this? I don't mean for the whole thing, write no more than three words. On the IELTS, you will have to read the instruction of what to do. Often times, the instruction, before you listen, you're going to see: "Write no more than three words." This is an example of an instruction you must follow. One mistake a lot of students make during the IELTS is they don't read instructions properly. They're nervous, they're stressed out, they write whatever, they don't... They don't follow the instructions. If you see something like: "Write no more than three words." Do that. You can't write four, don't write five. Write three or less. Okay? So my main point here: follow the instructions carefully. Point number two: get used to British English. A large part of the IELTS, you will be listening... For... For... Sorry, for the listening, you will be listening to British accents. Sometimes you might hear Australian accents or Canadian, you might hear a range, but a lot of the accents will be British. So it's very important to get used to listening to British accents. And also, listen to other accents like Canadian, Australian; that's a good idea too. Where can you find British accents to listen to? I recommend the BBC. They have a lot of great videos there and most of it's with British accents, so it's a very good idea so you can practice listening. The more you practice listening with British accents, the easier it will be to understand British speakers. Especially if you're used to American English, this is a very good thing to do. Related to this point: British vocab. You should learn British vocabulary. For example: in American English and Canadian English, we say: "truck". In British English, we say: "lorry". So it's good to know some of these British expressions, some British words. One idea where you can practice these is if you check out our website:, we have a new teacher who is British and who will be talking about British English, so check out her... Her videos. It will also be good to help you with practicing listening to British accents. Number four: spelling counts. Okay? Very important. The listening part of the IELTS is not just listening; you're actually using other skills like writing and reading. Now, with writing, when you write down your answers, you sometimes have to spell something out, so you have to be very, very careful with spelling. Okay? This is something you should really study and practice before you take the listening part of the IELTS. Practice your spelling. Learn spelling rules. We have a lot of different videos on how to spell on engVid, so I would come and check those ones out. Number five - this is the thing that always gets my students and I always warn them about when we practice - plural versus singular. Okay? You have to listen carefully on whether you're writing down the plural with an "s" or the singular. If the question wants me to write down: "cat", someone's talking about their cat and I write down: "cats", it's incorrect. I would get an "X". Okay, so it's important to be careful, to really listen: is it a singular thing, is it a plural thing? Are they saying "store" or "stores"? Okay?

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Will i lose mark if i write answers to one of the listening test as ' car' instead of 'the car' ?
Hi everyone am preparing for my Ielts and really want to improve speaking part.have someone who wanna be my speaking partner?:)
I am sad Emma cause your voice via face looks different this time, hope not got flu... Huge thanks for your videos.
Good tips
Wow, this is help full! Oh oh I wish I watched this a few moth ago! Now my listening test are next week! Eeeek! 😰
These tips are really very benifical for me. this vedio help me alot for my ielts listening...
I think u have got frog in your throat
Thank you for good advise. Could you please give some tips how to choose correct answer when the listening to select "A" or "B" or "C". I always choose wrong that kind of listening. Thank in advance.
Speed Normal is just fine. tx Emma!
I hate british accent. Its disgusting. 😡😡😡😡
Excellent tips, i liked them so much, right now i'll start to practice listening tips, i really appreciate that.
Tanks miss Ema, it's really useful
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Thank you so much Emma! I got an overall 8! Speaking 8 Listening 8.5 Reading 8.5 Writing 6.5 I practiced least for writing unfortunately. You are the nicest sweetest IELTS teacher out there! Listening tips were awesome especially 13 vs 30 tip and cat vs cats.. i owe you so much
13 vs 30 Thank you Emma
Very good information . Thank you so much
Can I write all my answers in capital letters?
Ahh to bad, I totally was thinking on calling you :)
Hello mam, in ielts listening test,can i write the answers in full capital letters/small letters or including capital nd small letters...
Thanks mamm for giving ielts listening tipss
Super teaching,I loved it
Great video
These are awesome knowledge bombs. Thanks for sharing EngVid
I like your video..but i have trouble with my listening english although i use you method..can you teach me so i can understand about listening.
Very important tips
Needa partner to speak English Plz reply I will be thankful
What if I spell in American english? Because I'm not used to British English but I prefer to take the IELTS as you will be speaking with a personal during speaking exam
In which website I can get the real exam samples of academic reading?
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Watching this 2 hours before my exam
Proe Emma(engVid)Montevidoe Uruguay,Noticias al momento,Rafa,en cuanto ami futuro celular vere si podre acordarme no del nmero de la villana del agente oo7 ya que me encanta su forma de actuasion,seria otor el numero favorito de ella mas otros quisa algunsa gust mio o de repente a su estatura y chay,en cuant a la villana del agente 007J,Boond,y no "Bum",y bueno y fueronmis Noticias al moment,en cuato tengase m celukar aya ya que vee si podre comprarme uno igal al de mi hermano,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,Rafa,no ahre las tareas hoy sin el jueves tengo la llegada a Michigan por delanta todaia,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,Rafa,G+.
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You are so lovely and your videos are amazing. Thanks.
Thank you for your lessons. I have learnt from you a lot of skills . I am from Ho Chi Minh city - Viet Nam
Your is teacher very pretty the world
Grant very good i´m clad for this
Emma, I am listening to the video clip published 3 years ago. It is very useful tips I love it
Hi Emma, How to write DOB if there is a instruction "Use One word or a number". The speaker says November3, 1995 . But it will be 2 numbers. The correct number was November 3.I am confused.
Dear mam I really love to see your lectures on YouTube. Your lectures are really helpful. I wish you would accept Islam in sha Allah. Please try to know about Islamic knowledge from Quran and Sunnah of prophet Muhammad ( pbuh).
4:49"...that always gets my students..." Why not: "...that my students always get..."?
As she accent is clear and understandable which gives me more patient to listen to her carefully.......
You are so cute ...with a wonderful way of teaching.... really you are my favourite teacher
Ihave got 05/10 so iam at the midel i must do a anather efforts to became a good speaker at englishe think you verry much Emma .
Hi i looking for somone to learn englishand thanx for this video
انا حنشق نصين في الامتحان بس يارب انجح ادعولي :)
Thanks for tips . but when you say its easy and i can do it i start crying lol
As we forget is itplural or singular? Can we write or put like dis" (S )" .??? Let me know please ... Thnk you
Profe Emma(engVid),Montevidoe Uruguay,bueno hoysi seguire contigo ya que em ire para aya por suete a terminar de vivir aya a EE.UU,asi que por otro lado estariamos saliendo hoy paar haser el chequeo y demas para pder embarcar,a las 19 horas ya que son 2 horas de iaje o menos quisa hasta el aeropuerto por eso seria un 5 y estabamos aburridos y desidimos esat fecha demas,asi que bue pr eso por ahore lo del deve con tigo y el podEnglsih seria cuando etse mas despierto en casa de mi hermano aya en Michigan y con mi cuniada terminando de vivir la vida,ya que aac la teng comprometida,asi que beno por eso me vineron a busacrme,y bueno porfe seguire aya y despues me mudare a lo de Kara,y buno y fueron mis Noticias al momento de los deves de tus lecciones al momento,Rafa,G+.Y al fin se ermino ahora si mi odisea de estar aya,Rafa,G+.
I like your voice. Thank you so much!
Tnxxx for your phone numbers
Let's make some listen topic about toeic . thanks
EMMA please caming to viber with me ,please 213 -0772934215 .think you verry much.
Could you recommend any website for IELTS listening practice test?
I love you very much, these are good tips
Very much useful tips indeed...!!
Thanks for these advice
Hi, can i have someone to have conversation in order to improve speaking skills.... mob. +91-9871316896 skype- gangwar.vijay1
A can do it yo Easy. i No i Canhhhhh Thanks Emma Double em MM
Yo do the best english classes on youtube, thanks you for this...
Hello ma'am please send me your email ide nd your tips are very easy....
Thanks you mam you are grate
Your pronunciation of english is fantastic ! !I love it and the way you explain things. Really good job.Keep on.
Excelent teacher and I hope many videos at the future
I can't understand what u saying bcoz I dunno understand about English..
Good & informative lecture
My handwriting is god awful.
Thankyou Emma
I am looking for speaking partner anyone interested??
The video is interesting but sometimes it gets boring with unnecessary comments
Thanks dear
Thanks your are wonderful
Hi!  should I take notes when hearing or just listening missing words and writing down ?
I mam I have taken dated soooo can give tips plz
Very good
Thank you
Very nice mam
3:14 i'm not used to american accent; i don't like to pronounce especially as ekspecially. no wonder most americans say it the wrong way.
Your words are very useful and supportive! believe ourselves that we can make it!be confident!
About prediction; - tip number 7 it can be a date or a weekday also in the example .. - tip number 8 can be adj then noun.. thanks
Well I am little bit perplexed here I mean do we first listen all the stuffs then fill up the answers in the form or do we have to listen the first section atfirst then we commit for the answers Or are we given the chance to look after the questions while listening or we have to listen all without any look for the question!
I can't believe you said 'Bandwidth' @ 1:05. xD. Anyway I'll follow your instructions.
Is there anybody who gave exam and have knowledge about it .... please reply .... i want to know that if i will write two words or one word rather than three will i get full marks or not. for example if i write ( apple aris club) as apple's club or barbara moore as only barbara ....
Hello everyone,hope you all are doing well. uditamohanta Is my Skype ID,preparing for academic ielts exam. is there anyone for speaking practice... please contact.
It's really helpful tips Mam🖒🖒
I'd like to thank you for that becauseI have had a problem with part of listing until not watching this video.
Thanks to every one for shearing there own knowledge . i well do the test soon as to day is 26/06/2017 the 2nd day of ED my reagard to every 1 ED Mwbarak.
Your teaching is so wonderful I loved you and I hope to talk to you
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So i'm expecting my score in 2 days. i am hoping for an 8 in listening and at least a 7 in the rest. The first time i took the IELTS 2 years ago , i had a 7 in Listening, 6.5 in reading and writing and an 8.5 in speaking.
Thanks I am good in speaking but I am not good in listing
I think u have no knowledge about orthography , u was speaking "OF ten" t is silent here
Thank you💕


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IELTS Listening - Top 14 tips!