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How to avoid losing marks in Listening Part A

By 30 October 2017Test Tips

both speakers are important in Listening Part A

In Listening Part A, make sure you listen carefully to both speakers: the patient AND the healthcare professional.

Sometimes, students mistakenly believe that they only need to write down what the patient says to get the points available. This means they don’t listen so intently when the professional is talking.

In several cases, the point actually comes from the patient’s response to what the professional has said. For example, in a conversation between a physio and a patient, the physio says:

Do you feel the pain when you first wake up?

And the patient replies:


If a student simply hears ‘No’, they will have missed the question asked and not be able to write anything down.

In this example, the correct note would be:

Doesn’t feel/ no pain when wakes.

In another example when a vet is giving an owner advice about the tablets their pet needs to take, the vet says:

Give these tablets to your cat at mealtimes.

And the owner replies:

OK, that’s what we did last time.

Again, the student needs to have paid closer attention to what the vet was saying to be able to write down the note correctly:

Tablets at mealtimes.

[If the student wrote down ‘same as last time’ this would be incorrect as the main point is the vet’s directions for taking the tablets.]

Make sure you don’t make these mistakes by listening carefully to the information provided by both speakers in Listening Part A.