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Further Practice for Listening Sections

PREDICTION SKILLS


Preparation for listening is an important aspect of this part of the examination. Looking carefully at the questions can help you to predict a number of things, both about what you are going to hear and the answer that is required. The following exercises will give you practice in predicting answers.

GAP-FILLING 1


It is important that you develop the skill of predicting the content of each gap to be filled. Look at Section 1 and for questions 1-5 make notes about what type of information is needed.

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MULTIPLE-CHOICE


With multiple-choice questions, it can be useful to change the stem into a question. This prepares you to listen for the answer you need. For example, questions for the answers required for questions 1-5 are as follows:

1)  What are the missing numbers in the credit card number?

2)  What is the postcode?

3)  What is the house number?

4)  What is the caller's date of birth?

5)  What is the maiden name of the caller's mother?

Now make questions for Questions 6-10.

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KEY WORDS


It can also be helpful to-listen out for key words. These could be in the. question, in the stem of the multiple-choice question, or in the gap-fill sentence. When you hear these words you know that the answer is near.

However, remember that the words or phrases themselves may not be heard on the recording; they may be paraphrased. In addition, the answer may come before the key word or phrase that you are listening for.

Look at Section 2, questions 14-20 and underline the key words or expressions to listen for.

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GAP-FILLING 2


Some questions ask you to fill gaps in sentences, notes or summaries. For these tasks, it is important to think about the grammar of the answer that is needed.

Look at Section 4, questions 31-40 and make notes about the grammar of the answer that is needed in each case.

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