Listening is the first test on Test Day
Nerves! What would taking a test be without them!
You are likely to feel your most nervous before the Listening test starts. It’s really important you are aware of this and take steps to reduce this. You don’t want your nerves affecting your performance.
These tips will help you relax as much as possible and be ready to listen.
Before you listen
1. Have everything you need on your table in front of you
Take more than one pen or pencil so you can easily swap what you are writing with, if you need to, during the test. Don’t waste time sharpening pencils, take a bunch of them, ready-sharpened.
2. Focus your concentration
When the audio starts, the voice will read out the instructions printed on the front of the answer booklet. Read this information as it is said.
It is a really effective way to focus your concentration on what you’re about to do. Plus, this information includes the context to the audio which will also help you to focus on what you are about to hear.
3. Skim at the start
During the 1 minute, you have to read the questions for the first extract, skim quickly through all of the contents to get a general overview of the consultation. Then, return to the top and read the first few notes containing gaps. You can underline keywords if you wish but, most importantly, you should read the information you are given carefully so you know what to expect.
4. Repeat for Parts B and C.
In the reading time, focus mostly on the question and what information it is asking you to listen for. As you listen, you might like to cross off the different answer options as you hear them that are incorrect to leave you feeling confident that the remaining answer is the correct one.
As you listen and at the end of the Listening test
1. Make sure you shade the answers for Parts B and C correctly.
These parts are computer marked and only shaded answers (like the example provided on the front of your question booklet) are accepted.
2. Check all parts
At the end of Part C, during the 2 minutes, you have to check your answers, check both all parts. Don’t take this as an opportunity to have a break and a drink of water.
Keep checking until told to stop. Look for incomplete answers, messy answers which you can make clearer to the assessor and any blank spaces. A guess is better than nothing, so always try to write something down or shade an option for each question.
Following these tips should help you perform your best on test day. For more information about the Listening sub-test, take a look at the OET Preparation Portal.