This lesson looks briefly at some common problems in filling out the IELTS listening answer sheet. The golden rule is of course READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. It is quite easy to go wrong though – mostly because of careless mistakes. Before you go on, try this quick test.
Test your skills on filling out the IELTS listening answer sheet
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Some common problems
Certain types of questions (forms/tables/notes/sentence completion) ask you to fill in words. When you do this you must make sure that the final note/sentence is grammatically correct:
an ________ form
Here you cannot write “apply” because “an apply form” is not good English. You need a word like “application”. Be particularly careful with plurals and articles here. In this example you cannot use a singular countable noun by itself:
to collect data from ______
You need a word either in the plural “interviews“, an uncountable noun “research” or a countable noun with an article “the interview“. Interview by itself must be wrong because the grammar is wrong.
Bad spelling is probably the reason why most marks are lost in listening. Always check the spelling. Note that there are sometimes different variations of words and that both US and UK spelling is fine, so:
center and centre
are both good. Also note that some words have optional hyphens:
coordinator and co-ordinator
these are both good
You can write in capital letters or not without penalty. If your handwriting is poor though, I suggest that you do use capitals.
There are lots of different ways to write dates. All these would be acceptable:
No more than three words type questions
Note that “little words’ such as “a” and “the” do count as words. So
a capital city
is three words. Note that if you get a question like this, you can write:
for your answer. You do not have to write three words.
No more than two words and/or a number type questions
When you get a question like this a number counts as one word. So
one word and one number = 2
To give another example March 31 is one word and one number. This is fine if the question asks one word and/or a number. Why? It includes one word AND a number.
Select the letter type questions
If the question tells you to select a letter, then write the letter in your answer sheet. You may be ok if you write the words instead, but it is a risk
Do not guess more than one option
When you do not know the answer you cannot write in two options hoping one will be right.
Sometimes you get questions when there is more than one possible answer. Write down only one answer. So when the possible answers are half hour and 30 minutes, write either
Not half hour/30 minutes
Use your 10 minutes to check spelling and grammar.
The words you need to write down are words you hear. Make notes as you listen.
Guess answers in the 10 minutes at the end. You may guess right and it sill stop you putting the answers in the wrong place.