IELTS listening answer sheet- Explained


The IELTS test is a standard test which accurately evaluates your performance and your ability to use the English language flawlessly. In this article, we are going to learn what are the basic details of the listening answer sheet of the IELTS test. Understanding the details of the answer sheet is very important because unless you know how to identify and how to transfer the answers on to the listening answer sheet, the scoring is not possible.

The IELTS test is broadly classified into the academic module and the general training module respectively, and this classification is on the basis of reason why the test is taken. Some of the test takers write the exam in order to prove that they are eligible for studying at a University in an English speaking country and they take the academic test.

On the other hand, candidates write the IELTS test in order to migrate, settle or visit a nation where English is spoken mostly by the locals living there. For this purpose, the apt choice for them is the IELTS general training test.

There are two different ways of taking the IELTS test. Earlier, there was the just one way to take the test and that was on the paper. This format of the IELTS test is broadly known as the IELTS paper based test, all the different parts of the test are take using answer sheets.

Recently, there has been a new method of taking the IELTS test which was launched, and this format of the test is known as liabilities computer-delivered test of the IELTS Computer Based exam, as all the parts of the exam are taken on a computer Virtually other than speaking.

Regardless of whether you are taking the IELTS academic test of the IELTS general training test, the listening and speaking tests are absolutely the same. There is no difference these tests and hence,  it is very important for you to know the details of the listening answer sheet.

The listening answer sheet is a people which consists of both the listening and reading sheets on the same paper on either sides. On the one side, there is the listening answer sheet and on the other side, there is the reading answer sheet.

The primary point of confusion for most of the test takers is how to identify whether it is the listening answer sheet of the reading answer sheet. This confusion occurs because both the listening and reading tests would contain 40 questions, and hence even on the answer sheet you will see 40 blank spaces.

If the candidate confuses and if he or she writes the listening test answers on the reading side or the reading test answers on the listening side, then it would be a major problem and both the tests would be marked zero and the  score will  not be awarded.

What are the significant features that are seen in the listening answer sheet?

Before you begin the listening test, the authorities at the IELTS test centre will ask you to fill in several details in the listening answer sheet.

1. Candidate’s name – in this column, you have to fill in your name as per the order of your passport, and it is compulsory that the name should match with that which is specified in the passport. This is very important as if there is a mismatch of the name, the result could be placed on hold.

2. Centre number – Every IELTS test centre is assigned a unique number and this is known as the centre number. In this space, you have to write the centre number which is generally an alphanumeric code. The centre number would generally contain a combination of numbers and alphabets.

3. Candidate number – This is a unique 6 digit code which is assigned to all the test takers individually their credential such as a passport are verified properly before the exam begins. The candidate number is a proof of verification for the candidate, and this number is specific to an individual.

This candidate number has a main purpose. If you are taking the paper based IELTS test, for instance, the results will be released on the 13th day from the date of the test. In order to check your results online, you need to enter the details of your candidate number along with your date of birth and the passport number. Hence, if you misplace the candidate number, it is not possible to view the results and you might have to wait till you receive the hard copy of the reasons which is known as the test report form.

In the listening answer sheet, you will see that there are 6 designated boxes towards the extreme right of the paper. These 6 boxes will contain now to write a digit as well as numbers from 0 to 9 below which there are small rectangular boxes for the digit to be shaded. You should first write the candidate number in these boxes and shade each digit appropriately. Please be very careful while filling each and every column which is mentioned.

4. After you fill the centre number, write your name, and fill in and shade your candidate number, you will see that there are three columns which say the date, the month and the year. You have to make sure that these columns are filled in properly and similar to the candidate number, these details have to be shaded too.

5. You will see that there are 40 questions in the listening test, and so, there are 40 answer columns in the listening answer sheet. While transferring the answers from the question paper to the listening answer sheet, you have to follow several rules. First and foremost, the spelling of the answer has to be correct.

Secondly, you can write the answers in either uppercase or in the lower case, that is, you can use capital letters or small letters to write the answers. However, in the case of not being able to differentiate the proper nouns and write them using a capital letter in the beginning of the word, it would be wrong. You can write all the answers using all uppercase letters only.


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