The IELTS listening sections are divided into four parts. Each section has 10 questions and is heard once only totalling 40 questions for the listening test. You have time to look through the questions before you listen, and also time to check your answers after each section. The time for the test is 40 minutes. The listening takes 30 minutes, but you then have 10 minutes to answer. The listening test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training modules. 

Listening Sections

The IELTS listening test consists of four sections. The first two sections of the test are concerned with social needs. The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts. All the IELTS listening topics are of general interest and it makes no difference what subjects you are planning to study or what work you intend to do.

  • Listening Section One

In the first section there is a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, for example – a conversation in a train station.

  • Listening Section Two

The second section is a monologue set in an everyday social context, for example – a speech about social services in society by an officer.

  • Listening Section Three

The section three is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, for example – a discussion on project paper by students and tutors at college.

  • Listening Section Four

The last part is another monologue on an academic subject. It is a lecture or talk of general academic interest such as a university lecture.

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and you will hear each section only once.

IELTS Listening Question Types

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Short-answer questions
  3. Sentence completion
  4. Notes, summary, plan, diagram, table or chart completion
  5. Labelling a diagram which has numbered parts
  6. Classification
  7. Matching

You will be provided with instructions on the test paper on how to answer the questions, and they are clear and easy to follow. You will be given examples of any unfamiliar question types. Feel free to contact us for more details about IELTS Listening

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