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IELTS Listening

About the IELTS Listening test

  • You will listen to 4 different recordings and answer 40 questions.
  • The test takes approximately 30 minutes. You will have an additional ten minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet
  • You only hear the audio once.
  • A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is use.
  • You will hear conversations and monologues, with topics ranging from the everyday social to the academic.
  • A variety of question types are used, including multiple choice, form completion, note completion, summary completion, sentence completion, and short-answer questions.
  • Candidates for IELTS Academic and IELTS General both do the same listening test

Listening Tips

  • Read the instructions and questions carefully before you listen.
  • Try to get an idea of the situation. Who are the speakers? Where are they? Why are they speaking?
  • Remember, you will only hear the audio once. You will need to read, write and listen all at the same time.
  • Listen for 'signpost words' such as however, although and finally. They help you to anticipate what the speaker will say.