- Prediction: It is important to predict the possible answers types or categories during the time given to check the set of the questions before the corresponding recording is played.
2. Note taking: Use the space in question booklet for notes. Do not write everything. It’s better to use shorthand notation and symbols with arrows to make a quick conceptual overview about what the people in recording speak.
- Determine what to note: With the help of key words in the questions, you can figure out what to write and what not to write.
- For Multiple answer choice type questions: Do not look at the answer choices during the time given before the recording is played or while listening to the recording because, you will be tending to associate something as an answer if it matches with the answer choice without evaluating it further. In many cases, such answers will be wrong because, the test is designed to lure you into picking such incorrect answers.
- For Multiple answer choice type questions: Write all the possible answers in the space provided in the question booklet and wait till the end of the exam where extra ten minutes will be given. At that time match the appropriate answers from the answer choices.
- For Maps and layouts: Note that the order of the answers that you explore in the audio will not same as the order in which the questions appear. As a result, it is totally absurd to follow and look at the questions and their numbers. Instead, it’s better to label the map or layout according to the instructions in the recording. Later, at the end of the exam, we can associate with correct response.
- Read Instructions: Without reading instructions, there is a high probability that you are going to miss the chief information that is essential for you to solve. For example, there are two graphical images. One student successfully labeled one image with the recording and he’s waiting for the recording that is associated with the second image. Later, he discovered that one image is the top view of the cave system and the other is the cross-sectional view of the cave system and the recording is associated with these two images.
- Transition Words: Transition words or connecting words always can enable us to predict the nature of the answers.
- Device a strategy: Whenever you see the question, figure out the strategy in which you can approach that question. All strategies might not be discussed in the class. So, it’s better to solve the puzzle by yourself. Figuring a strategy is always recommended. Without strategy your notes will be astray and you cannot figure out the right strategy.
- Half min to check your work: After each section, you will have half a minute to check your work. As IELTS doesn’t have negative marks, it’s better to make some wise guesses about the answers that you have missed out.