Most students find section 4 of the listening test difficult, and people often ask me for advice about it.
The problem is that section 4 is supposed to be difficult: there is no break in the middle, the speaker usually talks quite quickly, and a wide range of vocabulary is used.
So, it might seem like strange advice, but I tell my students not to worry too much about section 4. Instead, we do more work on the other three sections. If you get high scores in sections 1 to 3, you don't need many points from section 4.
Here are the scores I tell my students to aim for:
- Section 1: 10 correct answers
- Section 2: 8 correct answers
- Section 3: 7 correct answers
- Section 4: 5 correct answers
As you can see, the total is 30 (band 7), but we only need 5 correct answers for section 4.