Sometimes it’s hard to know what a SUB-SKILL is, or where one ends and another one begins…

So, as a quick test, which of these do you think is NOT an IELTS listening sub-skill?

1) distinguishing between literal and implied meanings

2) guessing the word class of an answer in advance

3) using the right register to achieve a desired communicative purpose

4) recognizing shifts in the subject

5) being able to use conversation for both transactional and interactional purposes

[Answer key: 3 and 5]

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