Listening Question Types: Matching
Matching is a popular question type and for this task you need to choose an answer for each question from a list that is usually labelled with letters. The possible answers are listed alphabetically or if they are numbers, usually starting with the lowest.
Strategies & Tips
The answers for all question types will be in the same order as the information you hear. Always follow the question numbers for the order you will hear the answers.
In SAMPLE A you will hear the information about the people, Simon to Judith (14 - 18), in order. However, the options (A - H) are listed randomly.
You will usually not hear the exact words on the list of options (A - H), they will be PARAPHRASED OR SYNONYMS used instead.
Read the list of options carefully before the recording starts and think of synonyms for the key words. You can note these on the question paper.
Example: Question 14: Simon (the speaker)
E engine maintenance
“I only concern myself with looking after the mechanical side of things.”
In SAMPLE B you will hear a discussion about each course (27 - 30) in order. However, the options (A - C) are listed randomly.
It is not mentioned in the instructions but, you will need to use one of the options twice in your answers.
Listen for DISTRACTERS. That’s when the answer is changed from what was originally said in the recording.
Example: Question 27 Media Studies
Man: So, what are your thoughts about Media Studies? Have you considered it?
Mary: Yes, I’m really interested in that. I reckon I'll go for that one.
Man: OK. And of course, you’ll be studying full time on that course. Yes?
Mary: Oh really? I didn’t realise that. I’m only interested in part time courses. So... I got to say no.
At first Mary says yes, so it’s obvious to choose A but she changes her mind and says no. So, the answer is C.
Listen carefully for distracters and be patient. Don’t write down the first possible answer you hear.
If you need to change your answer because of distracters, it is fine to erase it and write it again.
When writing your answers, follow the instructions and write the letter only.