Tip 1: With either type, you can expect some information on the recording that will not be required to answer the questions. This is a good opportunity to use your note-taking skills, just in case you miss anything. You will have a little time after the listening test (while you are transferring your answers) to complete any remaining answers.
Tip 2: As with all question types in the listening test, the answer for text completion questions will come in the order of the recording. That is, if you hear the answer to question 2 but haven’t heard the answer to question 1, you’ve already missed it!
Tip 3: The most useful skill with this question type is to look quickly through the summary or sentences you are completing and highlight key words. This will help you identify the important section of the recording when you hear it. You should also use the predicting and anticipating skills.
Tip 4: Once you believe you have found the correct answer, read the completed text including your answer, making sure that the sentence is grammatically accurate. For example:
Many people argue that harsher (1)________ would reduce crime rates.
You head the speaker referring to ‘laws’ and ‘the law’ during the recording, and you think the answer is ‘the law’, so you add this to the sentence and it becomes…
Many people argue that harsher (1) the law would reduce crime rates.
This is grammatically incorrect, so when transferring your answers at the end of the test, your best chance of getting the correct answer is to change your response to better suit:
Many people argue that harsher (1) laws would reduce crime rates.
However, it is VERY STRONGLY recommended that your answer stay within the word or words you hear on the recording.
Practice exercise 1 – summary completion
Listen to the recording and fill in the gaps using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND OR A NUMBER. Remember to use predicting skills before starting the recording (spend no more than 30 seconds!)
Amongst increasing (1)_____ and political pressure to quit, there is finally some good news for smokers. Research presented to the (2)_____ of Cardiology states that there are sufficient beneficial (3)_____ in two glasses of red wine to suspend the negative impact that smoking (4)_____ has on the functioning of arteries. Of course, the (5)_____ do not suggest that drinking red wine allows you to smoke as much as you like, and it is still some distance from finding any kind of drug that is capable of reversing the harmful effects of (6)____ smoking. The health effects connected with red wine are not really new. The Romans and (7)_____ all considered it as a form of medicine, possibly because of the abundance of polyphenols, naturally occurring chemicals which have a (8)_____ effect on the arteries.
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Practice exercise 2 – sentence completion
Now listen to the recording and complete the sentences using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND OR A NUMBER.
1 The Health Sciences building is next to the _____.
2 There are _____ each term.
3 In the first module, students will study health and safety in _____.
4 Students will have to complete a _____ by the end of the course.
5 There will be speakers from various _____ backgrounds.