This is a complete IELTS listening test, taken from takeielts.britishcouncil.org. In this post we will teach you how to answer the questions in section 1 of the test.
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Listen to the guided listening recording and work along with us.
Complete the Notes
Questions 1 to 5 ask us to complete notes with a number or no more than two words. Before we listen, we have time to read the notes.
IELTSTutors Tips | Before We Listen:
In the time before we listen, we should think about:
Let’s try these strategies on the test questions. Do these yourself first, then check to see if you have the same answers.
Who are the Speakers?
The information is about transport, so the conversation is probably between someone who wants travel advice and a travel agency.
What information belongs in the gaps?
1) ‘leaves at…’ suggests the missing answer is a time. (Note: If the preposition was ‘leaves from…’ then the answer would probably be a location.)
2) ‘Nearest station is…’ indicates that the answer is a location.
3) A bus goes to a place, so the answer is likely to be a location.
4) This note starts with ‘Number…’ so the answer is probably a number.
5) Similar to question 1, ‘leaves at…’ is for time.
How many words can we use?
We can use no more than two words and/or a number.
Now we are ready to listen. Follow the tips below.
IELTSTutors Tips | As We Listen:
‘if you can make the 9.30am express, I’d recommend you do that.’
‘Helendale is the nearest train station to you.’
CENTRAL STREET (OR CENTRAL ST)
‘Option one would be to take the 706 bus from the Bayswater Shopping Centre to Central Street.’
‘The 792 will take you to the station.’
Be careful here – the speaker says ‘I’ll be sure to get on the five-to-nine bus.’
It looks like our predictions were correct. Well done if you had the same ideas as us.
Now we have our answers, we should check our spelling, especially for Helendale and Central Street.
Complete the Table
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