Listening Part B

Listening Part B
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Listening Part B

There will be six recordings expect various healthcare settings and different healthcare professionals talking about a variety of topics.

Part B tests your comprehension and your ability to identify: the gist or summary details, specifics of the conversation,  the speaker’s purpose  or opinion, and the actions of the people.

It is important to know the question type so be sure to use the 15 seconds to analyze a question and be sure to focus.

1) Focus on the question for the listening task

2) Underline any keywords or words that will help you arrive at the right answer.

We have seven question types and they ask about the following.

1) The gists or the summary

2) Details or specifics of the conversation.

3) Speaker’s purpose

4) Speaker’s function

5) Speaker’s opinion

6) Speaker’s agreement

7) Course of action

1. The gist or summary question.

This question asks you about the summary or the main idea of the conversation and

it’s also the most common question type. The following are examples of gist

1) Questions the aim of the research was

2) The doctor is explaining that what are

3) The nurses talking about 

Take note of these keywords or key phrases

So remember to find; the choice that contains the summary or the main idea of the conversation. 

2. Details of the question or about specifics or a particular part of the conversation.

This type of question is asking for details or specific parts of the conversation. So remember to look for specific details to answer the question.

For example: 

The patient’s medication has been changed because you have to find the reason the medication was changed.

Is it because the patient’s allergic to it or has the patient finished the course of this medication?

A detailed question may also be a:

1) What question suggests

2) What strategy does the doctor recommend

3) What would have improved the trainee’s performance. 

  1. Speaker’s purpose

This question type asks why the speaker says the information. And the result the speaker wants.


The patient explains that his treatment does not resolve the pain. 

The patient’s purpose here is to inform the other person for instance the nurse or the doctor that his pain doesn’t go away with his current treatment. 

2) The doctor explains the practice should have a possible purpose.

3) The doctor informs the patient about the benefit of the procedure.

  1. Speaker’s function

This question type asks you the action of the speaker’s words. 

An example is:

This question what is a doctor doing?

The doctor is explaining how the patient will be treated.

So explaining how the patient will be treated is the action of the doctor’s speech or dialogue.

In other words, to get the right answer you should understand the action the speaker’s language describes.

5. Speaker’s opinion

Opinion or point of view that means this question type asks you what the speaker thinks, believes, or feels about someone or something.

For example: 

1) The doctor thinks that 

2) The patient or the nurse believes that 

3) The doctor feels about

Some keywords for these questions include verbs like think, believe, and feel. 

  1. Speaker’s agreement

To identify what the speakers are in agreement about 

Examples of these questions includes: 

1) What do they agree about 

2) The nurse agrees that they will 

3) The doctor agrees that 

So, for this question type pay attention to the speaker’s reaction to the other persons or people’s suggestions o recommendation. 

  1. Course of action

What the speaker or speakers will do as a result or effect of the conversation.

These type of questions also appears to talk about a future time.

For example: 

1) Next week the patient must 

2) What will the doctor do tonight 

3) What will the nurse do next 

Remember it can be a resolution to a problem resulting from the previous conversation.


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