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I have a question about IELTS listening test. Should the word or words required to be filled in a gap should match exactly how it was spelled out in a recording?

Hello ahedmoussa,

When that is appropriate, yes, the words should match what is said in the recording. I'd suggest you read the Understand the Listening test at TakeIELTS, which has a lot of detailed information about such issues. Be sure to try the practice Listening test - when you finish, you can see the answer sheet to get a sense for what is required. Note that, on the answer sheet, words in brackets (like these words) are optional - you can use them or not to get a correct answer.

Good luck!

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

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The LearnEnglish Team

As a not native English speaker you will never be able to speak and write error-free. However, if you try to learn words close to your profession that will proceed your learning. Read something which you like it, also if it is translated to your mother tongue. first read yours, then go to the English.

Love to learn, read or write is different than must to learn, read, or write. Our brain handle with it in different ways, therefore, I suggest you pick books that you like it to read.

I have problem with the reading part, also I read a 200 pages book in two days. Thus, because I loved the subject. In my reading test, the reading for details was not what I liked it, therefore I messed it.

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Hi Muhammad,

If you're preparing for the IELTS, I'd highly recommend that you visit TakeIELTS, where you can find loads of information about the exam, practical advice on how to prepare for it, as well as free practice materials.

There's also some useful advice on our Help page that is designed to help our users make the most of LearnEnglish.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello BC team and readers,

I have difficulty with the reading part, in which I have got only 6. In other parts I scored 9s.
I appreciate any from you.

Hello Deler,

With such a discrepancy in marks, it sounds as if you may need to learn some strategies for answering the more difficult questions. I'd suggest that you find a teacher who can analyse your work on reading comprehension exercises so that you can find out what kinds of mistakes your making. You should also look through TakeIELTS pages on the Reading paper, which may also help you.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team