IELTS Listening – Top 10 Do and Don’t

Here are the top 10 do’s and don’ts for the IELTS Listening exam:


  1. Practice regularly with a variety of listening materials to improve your listening skills.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the different types of questions that may be asked in the exam.
  3. Listen carefully to the instructions given before each section and make sure you understand what is expected of you.
  4. Use the time given to read the questions before the audio begins to get an idea of what you need to listen for.
  5. Take notes while listening to the audio to help you remember important details.
  6. Check your spelling and grammar when writing your answers to avoid losing marks.
  7. Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures when writing your answers.
  8. Stay focused and maintain your concentration throughout the exam.
  9. Answer all the questions, even if you are unsure of the answer.
  10. Use headphones if provided to help you hear the audio more clearly.


  1. Don’t panic if you miss a question or do not understand something in the audio.
  2. Don’t try to guess the answer if you are unsure of the information.
  3. Don’t spend too much time on one question as you may run out of time for the rest of the section.
  4. Don’t speak or write your answers during the exam as this may disturb other candidates.
  5. Don’t leave any questions unanswered as there is no penalty for guessing.
  6. Don’t ignore the instructions given before each section as they provide important information.
  7. Don’t rely solely on your memory to answer the questions.
  8. Don’t forget to check your answers before submitting your answer sheet.
  9. Don’t get distracted by other candidates or external noise.
  10. Don’t forget to manage your time effectively to ensure you have enough time for each section.


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