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Preparing for the listening exam

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Before the exam

Between now and the exam you need a clear idea of how to practise and improve. Here are some suggestions.

Build up your personal vocabulary by learning a small number of new words every day.

Make sure you are familiar with the different types of task you may be asked to do, for example choosing, filling in a grid or a form, matching, gap filling, putting things in order, making decisions and giving reasons.

Ask your teacher for recordings to take home.In the exam you will only hear each extract twice, but it will build up your confidence and train your ear.

It is sometimes helpful to work on the transcript that goes with a recording. For example, if you study the transcript before you listen to the audio, it could help your confidence when you realise how much you understand.

Practise not writing when the audio is playing, because it is hard to write and listen at the same time. Learn to trust your short-term memory!

If you are entered for the higher tier, make sure you have the opportunity to listen to longer passages. These often require you to understand the feelings, opinions and attitudes of the speakers.

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