Matching tasks expect you to connect the information you are given on paper with the information you are going to hear and combine the two together. Let’s see an example of a matching task:
What do these friends think about the options they have to entertain themselves at the centre of the town?
Write the correct letter, A, B, or C next to the questions 16-20 below. You may choose any letter more than once.
|16 cinema …….
17 pizza …….
18 theatre …….
19 luna park …….
20 mall shopping ……
|A They all want to go there
B None of them wants to go there
C The majority has second thoughts about it
- Each question (16 – 20) matches only one letter (A, B, C).
- As you can see, the letters will be used more than once.
- The information given in A, B, or C may be heard paraphrased.
- Wait until you hear the words used in the questions (eg. cinema, pizza, etc.) and then try to understand what each person thinks about them.
Another example of a matching task is the following:
Section 3 Questions 21 – 30
Questions 21 – 23
Which opinion does each student express about the university library?
Choose your answer from the box and write the letters A – F next to questions 21 -23.
|A There is no variety on new published books.
B You cannot borrow more than five books.
C The hours it is open are fine.
D The employees are not very helpful.
E We shouldn’t be obliged to use the library
F The computers make our research so much easier.
- In this example above, you can use each option from A to F only ONCE.
- You will need only three of them in order to fill in the questions.
In this video flow chart, matching, and multiple choice tasks in the IELTS Listening are examined in terms of what you are going to encounter. Also, I remind you six steps that you should always keep in mind during your IELTS Listening preparation.