A. What's in the Listening Paper
- Part 1: 8 short listening texts with 1 multiple-choice question for each (1 mark for each correct answer)
- Part 2: a longer listening text with 10 sentence-completion questions(1 mark for each correct answer)
- Part 3: 5 short listening texts to match to a series of statements (1 mark for each correct answer)
- Part 4: a longer listening text with 7 multiple-choice questions (1 mark for each correct answer)
Time: approximately 40 minutes (including 5 minutes to copy your answers onto the answer sheet.)
B. General Tips for Listening
- Use the time you have to read through the questions. Underline key words so that you know exactly what you are listening for. Remember! No one is asking you to understand every single word spoken!
- You hear the instructions on the recording. Always listen carefully and read the question at the same time, as they give you the context and the topic.
- If you are not sure of an answer, mark those that you think are possible. Use the second listening to confirm your choice.
- Use the second listening to confirm your answers even if you are sure you are right. Don't stop listening!
- Make sure you write clearly when transferring your answers onto the answer sheet. You have plenty of time to do this.
- Write only the missing word or short phrase on the answer sheet in Part 2, and don't rephrase it.
- Don't choose an answer based on a single word or phrase in Parts 1, 3 and 4. Concentrate on the overall meaning of what you hear.
SOURCE: The Official Top Tips for FCE - University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - UCLES 2008