How to label a map for the IELTS listening test

07 Oct 2017

How to label a map for the IELTS listening test

Learn tips and strategies on how to label a map for the IELTS listening test

- Read the instructions carefully - this is so you know what you need to do and the maximum number of words and / or numbers you can use – in this case it is no more than two words.

- Know the vocabulary of location - you need to know words commonly used to describe where things are located.
Identify where the numbers start and finish

- Understand the context - listen carefully at the beginning as the speaker will give you the context. Also, look over the map. This will help you identify exactly what you are labelling - note the things that are already labelled to get a feel for where things are.

- Predict the answers - as with all the listening test, it helps to predict what the answer may be. Look at the gaps and see if you can guess what you are labelling - a room, building, sports facility, street etc?

- Pay particular attention to things close by

- Pay attention to any other clues in the map - for example, you are given a compass icon in the corner telling you where ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘East’ and ‘West’ are. This means it is likely that these phrases will be used to direct you. So listen out for them.

- Look at two questions at once - this is something you should always do in the listening test.

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