Listening Test – the number conundrum

In the Listening Test, there are often questions that require you to fill in a number for an answer. Read the instructions carefully. Does it say, “No more than three words and/or a number?”

When listening to numbers, students often get confused between the ‘teens’ and the ‘tens.’ Did the lady in the audio say there would be ‘eighteen’ people or ‘eighty’ people for the birthday party? Did I hear that that cost of the ticket was fifteen dollars or fifty dollars?” The only way around this is to do more and more listening practice with a different accent of speakers. There is no shortcut to listening better.
Another important factor to keep in mind is to mention the unit of the numbers. If the question already contains the unit of the number (kilometers, pounds, dollars, degree centigrade etc), then the blank should have only the number without the unit. If the unit has not been printed as part of the answer, then the units must be mentioned as without them the answer would be invalid.
Yet another point to keep in mind about the numbers is that zero is also called the alphabet ‘O.’ This is especially true for the area code in the phone number. So the zero should be included as part of the answer.
The last point of numbers is any alphabet attached to the numbers. This often comes in a few places like the licence plate of a vehicle, the pincode or the zipcode of a place. Another place that the alphabet is used is when mentioning seat numbers in a Cinema Hall, Theatre or an Auditorium. The seat numbers will mention the rows in the which the seats are and the row number is normally an alphabet. For example, the seat numbers could be A21 to A24. Such answers could be written as A21 to A24 or A21 to 24. Both would be right. But not writing the Alphabet would be an error.

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