1. Learn and understand the directions and IELTS listening question types. This way, you can use your time during the test to study the questions, not the directions.
2. Study the IELTS different types of questions. Be well-prepared for what the question may ask you to do. Therefore, you will be ready to complete a sentence, check a box, or choose a letter.
3. Take notes in your question booklet while listening. You can circle possible answers and change your mind later when you transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
4. If you don't know an answer, You had better guess.
5. After answering, preview the next set of questions. Make assumptions(=guess) about what you will probably hear.
6. When you make assumptions, you should ask yourself: Who? What? When? Where? and How?
7. The correct answer is often repeated, but the words will not be written exactly as they are heard. The test will use paraphrases and synonyms.
8. A lot of information given in the conversations and lectures is not tested (almost 70 to 80 percent of information is not going to be tested). Try to listen only for answers to the questions.
9. Don't get stuck on one question for a long time. If you didn't hear the answer, go on to the next ones.
10. The answers are given in order. For example, if you hear the answer to question 10, but didn't hear the answer for question 9, you missed question 9. You will not hear the answer later. Guess the possible answer to question 9 and move on.
11. When you write a word in a blank, you must spell the word correctly. It doesn't matter if you use British or American spelling. It must be spelled correctly or you will lose the score of that miss spelled question.
12. Mark your answers carefully. If you are asked to give a letter (e.g., A), don't answer with a phrase.
13. Pay attention when speakers correct themselves. The second statement is usually the one that is more likely and probable to be the correct answer.
14. Incomplete or shortened answers (e.g., times and dates) will be considered as an incorrect/inaccurate answer.
15. Remember that answers that exceed word limits (even use of a and the) will be assumed as an incorrect answer.
16. A variety of accents are used, including British, American, and Australian. Practice listening to different types of native speakers. This will help you to get familiar to the correct pronunciation of the words through sentences.
17. Practice listening for a full half hour. Concentrate as well as possible so that you do not let your mind wander. Meanwhile, ask yourself: Can you repeat main ideas and details from what you heard? Can you summarize what you heard?