Form filling is usually one of the easier tasks and is often found in SECTION 1 of the Listening Test but there are a few things to be careful about.
When the speaker spells a word, like a name or an address, you must get it perfectly correct, just one letter wrong and the answer will be marked wrong.
Units on distances, times and especially money can also be a problem.
An example of the “unit problem” is question 8 in the test today. You had to write down how much the articles were worth BUT … did you notice that the question booklet (well, just a question page, in this case) already had the “£” sign written on it?
So if you wrote 1700 as the answer, you would be correct. But if you wrote “£1700” on the answer sheet you would be wrong.
In contrast, if you left the unit of measurement OFF the answers to questions 4 and 5, and just wrote “75” instead of “75 cm” as the answer to question 4 you would have been marked wrong.
You must look very carefully to see how the question is written to know how to write the answer.
This really only becomes a problem when you must write your answers onto the answer sheet that is provided in the exam. During the listening test you should write ALL your answers on the question paper. At the end of the test you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet and this is where the problems happen.
I make all my students transfer their answers to an answer sheet, even when we are only doing a short practice like the 8 questions in today’s listening task. You should do the same so you get a lot of experience with this BEFORE you ever go into the exam.
Another problem is that candidates miss a line and transfer their answers into the wrong positions. When this happens ALL answers written in the wrong position, even if they are correct, are marked wrong. You MUST be careful when transferring your answers to the answer sheet.
Official answer sheets are available on many websites including the ielts.org website but I have put one here for you so you don’t have to search:
IELTS Listening Answer Sheet