Thursday, August 7, 2008

IELTS Listening-Section 4

IELTS Listening Section 4 tests the candidates on their ability to pick out facts, details of a long talk or lecture. Whether it is a talk or a lecture, the important thing for the student is to be able to follow the flow of the discussion. To do well in this portion of the test, candidates need to understand signpost terms s such as on the contrary, (to indicate the opposing side) for instance (to show examples) and n conclusion to indicate the end of a lecture.

They also need to gauge the position of the speaker in terms of his/her stand with regards to the issue at hand.

An ability to summarize the key points of the lecture would be useful too. Usually for this kind of task, an incomplete summary is given and all the candidate needs to do is to fill in the gaps which may appear at the start, middle or end of a sentence. The instructions will also state the number of words needed, usually not more than three words.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

IELTS Listening -Classification Questions

Classification questions in IELTS Listening Test often pose a problem for students.

If we look around us, we can classify lots of things. Movies, books can be classified according to genres, photography can be classified according to digital, black and white or colored etc. The Microsoft Office program is a good example of classification. There is so much of information in the program that are classified or categorized for easy retrieval. Take the simple example of saving a file in Microsoft Word 2007. You can save in word default format, as a template, in a a compatible version that can be used on computers with older versions of Microsoft Word or in PDF format. One can imagine the havoc if these options are not classified for easy usage.

Continuing with this example, IELTS examiners will not just ask the candidate to list the various formats but will rather make it more challenging by scrambling unique features of three versions of the save as format -let's say template, compatible and PDF formats marked A-H. Your job as the candidate is to unscramble them and rearrange them in their proper categories. Once you know the logic, the task will begin to make sense.