You Canít Understand The Listening Questions On The
The TOEIC Test is a standardized test to gauge the
competency level of English in Non native speakers
of the language. An acronym for Test of English for
International Communication, the test is made up of
four sections namely Listening, Reading, Writing,
and Speaking. Here we discuss the Listening section
in detail and the problems that most test takers
face while taking the listening test.
About the Listening Test
The Listening Test is made up of 100 questions that
must be answered in 45 minutes.
There are four different categories of questions
that the TOEIC Listening Test is made up of and
which are divided as follows.
Part I: 10 questions on Photographs.
Part II: 30 Questions requiring Responses
Part III: 30 questions based on Short Conversations
Part IV: 30 questions based on Short Talks
Problems that Listening Test Takers Face:
Since the test is taken by non- native speakers of
English, the capability of speaking in English and
being able to comprehend what they listen to must be
cultivated. In this process a lot of problems with
regard to pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar,
sentence construction and comprehension to what they
listen to is very commonly seen.
If You Canít Understand the Listening Questions
Follow the recording and note the answers as you
hear them. This is one way to ensure you have heard
and understood what was said or spoken. But still if
you are unable to understand the listening question,
leave the question and proceed till the end. Then
come back to the question and try to recollect what
you had heard. You could also help yourself with
notes which might help you remember the topic or the
question. Remember that whatever you have noted must
be erased when you submit the paper.
Noting Keywords to Understand Listening Section
Another method to remember the recording is to note
down keywords, the grammatical tense (whether it was
past, present or future) or a preposition/
prepositional phrase (before / after or along with /
in spite of). By noting them down you might be able
to remember the question and try to answer them at
If even then you are unable to understand by having
an idea of the keywords you can make a guess, but
never waste too much time on a single question. That
might hamper your time with the questions that you
are confident about.
These are just strategies that can help you score
high in the Listening Test.