In this part of the exam we have four parts. Don’t panic, it is not as difficult as it seems! It lasts 40 minutes.
- The first one is multiple choice. In this part you will hear one or two people talking for about 30 seconds in eight different situations. You will be given 3 possible answers for each question. And, for each question you choose from answers A, B or C. Keep calm! Listen and circle!
- The second part is sentence completion. This part is not as easy as the first one but don’t panic, you are here, so you are able to do this part perfectly! In this second part you will hear one person talking for about three minutes. Here you have ten questions. For each question, you complete sentences by writing a word or short phrase.
- The third part is multiple matching. You are almost done! Come on! Stay strong! In this part of the exam you will hear five different extracts, of about 30 seconds each, with a common theme. For each one you have to choose from a list of eight possible answers.
- At last but not least you have the multiple choice! In this part you will hear one or two people talkinf for about three minutes. Here you have seven questions and for each question, you have to choose from answers A, B or C.
Most of you always think that you are not able to pass this FCE exam due to the listening test; you think that it is impossible but it isn’t. Here you have some general pieces of advice.
- First of all, you need to READ CAREFULLY the questions before listening it.
- Secondly, you have to improve some auditory skills.
- Pay attention to accents! They are really important! Here you have some webpages that you could visit. It will be very useful!
- Intonation: It is very important because you could know if they are asking a question or answering it. Or maybe you could hear their voices so you could know their moods.
- Words link. Pay attention to those words, which are linked when people speak quickly. For example if they wanted to say, “play it” you are not going to listen “plei it” you will listen “pleit”. Here you have some examples.
- Vocabulary: You need to learn as much vocabulary as possible! Idioms are also very important for you! In this webpage you could listen to different podcasts, they are very important too. You also have the App TED.
- Listen to English! There are a lot of free videos, presentations, radio shows, podcasts, etc, that you can listen to.
- Be careful with ages. The speakers will range from teenagers to the elderly, so again, make sure you are listening to a variety of types of people. So don’t only listen to men, or only women.
- Practice listening and writing at the same time! Many of students complain that they cannot listen and write at the same time. But you can, you just need to practice twice!
- Earn from your mistakes. If you take some practice tests do not just say ‘I got 23 out of 40’. You have to focus on the ones you got wrong and try to work out why you got them wrong. Read the transcripts. Listen again and again until you understand why the answer is the answer and why your answer is the wrong answer.
Here you have a useful video about some tips for your FCE exam!