Listening test advice

Follow this Listening test advice, and make sure you understand how to respond to 'completion' type questions.

You will be given time to read through the questions before you listening. You will hear each recording of the Listening test only once.


As you listen, write your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet in pencil. You may write your answers in lower case or capital letters.

It is essential that you transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.



How to make the most of your Listening test:

  1. If you cannot hear the audio clearly, let the invigilators know straightaway.

  2. Listen to the instructions carefully; they may be different to practice or previous tests.

  3. Keep your ears focused for the specific information you want by anticipating what the speaker will say by looking at the question; this will require concentration.

  4. If you miss any answer do not panic attempt it or leave it and jump to the other.

  5. Be careful with your spelling and grammar especially in case of blanks.

  6. Do not panic if you think the topic is too difficult or the speaker is too fast; relax and tune in by focusing on main words.

  7. Do remember that you need to read, write and listen at the same time.

  8. Pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, write just two words not three. For example writing “Meeting deadlines for essays” will be wrong your answer should be “meeting deadlines” or “deadlines” depending on the blank. Use your Grammar here.

  9. If the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect; the correct answer is 'evening' only.

  10. Attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, your hints may work out.

  11. Check your answers, and the order of transferring answers on the sheet. It has been seen, many times candidates make mistake in transferring the answers and specially “numbers (phone) and spellings”.

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