IELTS Listening

IELTS listening is the same for both the general and academic  tests, take a look at some tips and information about the listening section here.

Listening Information

  • The Listening section lasts for 40 minutes
  • The listening is split into 4 sections
    • 2 way conversation
    • A monologue
    • Conversation between up to 4 people
    • An academic talk
  • For the paper based test, you must write your answers on the question sheet, you will then be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
  • For the computer based IELTS you just answer the questions directly on the computer.
  • There is a word count limit for each set of questions.
  • You have time to read the questions before the start if the test.
  • Incorrectly spelled answers will be marked wrong.

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Try some IELTS Listening questions


Multiple Choice tips:

    • Check the titles
    • Find the key word in the question
    • Read the options, and make sure not to confuse similar answers
    • Don’t think the first answer you hear is correct.
    • Listen for the words ‘but’ and ‘however’, there might be a false answer in the listening.
    • You can write on your question paper, so make notes
    • Answers might be the exact same words as what you hear.
    • Your answers should be a letter/letters.

NamesMake sure you practise listening to names, and understand where names are in sentences. 

TimesListening for different times are common, so practise the different ways times are said.

Numbers – Numbers are the easiest questions to ask, for you to pick out specific data. They are also very difficult for all levels. Make sure you are good at listening to and picking out numbers in an audio.

Predicting  Try to think about what type of answer you are listening for from the question.

Plurals  Make sure you are good at understanding plurals, as they are often used to catch students out.

Order The answers will be in the same order that you hear them in the audio, there maybe large or small gaps between them, but they are always in order.


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