To score well in map questions in IELTS listening, you require focus and intelligence to triumph the same. It, however, seems typical to some candidates as it requires practice other than the passage readings.
Below are the tips
1. Practice guided tours and building maps.
Take any map and ask your friend to make some pointers on the map and make sure that you do not know it. Then create an audio script and answer the questions. Practice every map prior to listening test as this will enhance your listening and answering capabilities. It will enlighten your mistakes that you are making and will improve to counter your mistakes.
2. Make sure to read the instructions carefully
If you read the instructions carefully, then know what you need to do and the maximum number of words and/or numbers you can use. There are times when the candidate writes more than the allowed word limit, this not only is incorrect but also will waste your time in writing the extra word. Thus, you must make sure that you instill the word limit before answering any listening section.
3. Ensure that you know the vocabulary of location
To know words commonly used to describe where things are located, see vocabulary for IELTS listening below. There are common vocabulary words used in IELTS listening maps. If you understand this vocabulary you will not find any difficulty in answering your map related questions. Do remember to understand the mapping vocabulary as it is vital to solving your question.
4. To identify where the numbers start and finish
Follow the order of the listening as the reader will speak in an order. Make sure you know which questions the speaker is going to speak to guess the answers. Also, try to find out what could be the answer as the speaker will speak in the order of the question. This will make sure that where the speaker could speak the answer by guessing the previous answer.
5. Make sure to understand the context and listen carefully
Always remember that, at the beginning as the speaker will give you the context, which will help you follow the talk. Look over the map as this will help you in identifying what you are labeling. Also, note the things that are already labeled to get a feel for where things are. The context plays an important role, think yourself in the context and it will help you to answer your questions correctly.
7. Try to predict the answers as with all the listening test
Predicting answers helps to predict what the answer may be. Look at the gaps and see if you can guess what you are labeling, for instance, building, gymnasium, sports facility, street, and garden etc. Predicting will give you an extra edge over your thinking capability as you get sure of what could come in the answer. However, you must remain careful and attentive while answering the question. The prediction will only give you an idea of what could come in the answer.
8. Do pay particular attention to things close by
Giving attention to nearby places will give an idea of related places. For instance, you may find the main gate at front and parking adjacent to it. It is a good practice to instill and memorize what is near to the labeled pointers. Look every place (A, B or C) which is near to the labeled pointer, also remember names like street names, places, and pointers if any. Stay awake while listening as the speaker will surely speak these labels.
9. Pay attention to any other clues in the map.
Pay attention to the clues. For instance, 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. Once you understand the vocabulary, you will be able to understand directions, placements, navigation etc. for the map. This will help you in directing you to correct answer.
10. Do not look at two questions at once
Some candidates look two answers at once, this is something you should not do in the listening test. Forget about any question that you missed, instead of ignoring this and move on. If you are only looking at the previously missed question, you could miss both and get lost. However, you may take a note of your upcoming questions in your mind and based on the guessing you can predict what could be the correct answer.
11. Use your pencil wisely while answering map questions.
In every map, the speaker speaks the directions and tells the user to move up, down, left or right on the map. While answering your question, put your pencil on the map on the question sheet and move your pencil as directed by the speaker. If you follow the directions correctly, you will reach the correct answer.
12. Visualise map and think of it as your own property.
If you think and instill the placements of the labels, you are very near to answer all the questions correctly and precisely. Always make sure that you try to remember the map and its label and the only way to do is to think of it as your own property. Do not do labeling in stress as it will increase the chances of mistakes and incorrect answers.
13. Avoid any spelling mistakes
Avoid spelling mistakes as they will reduce your band score. Do make short notes on the question paper of the answers and then transfer your answers at the end by eliminating any incorrect spelling.
Vocabulary for IELTS listening map
Beneath / Under / Next to / Adjoining
In the middle / in the center
Above / below
At the top / at the bottom
On the top / On the left / on the right
Left-hand side / right-hand side
Next to/alongside / adjoining (next to or joined with)
South / North / East / West
Southeast / Southwest / Northeast / Northwest
To the north / to the south / to the east / to the west
Opposite / in front of / behind
Inside / outside
Just beyond / a little beyond / just past
a little beyond
before you get to
runs alongside / along (ex along the pathway)
past (ex. Past the school)
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