IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening Overview:

The IELTS listening test will take 40 minutes. It will include four different audios and a total of 40 questions.  You will be given the question sheet to follow and write on as you listen. You will also be given an answer sheet and 10 minutes at the end to transfer your answers. The audio sections include:

  1. Informal dialogue (2 people)
  2. Informal monologue (1 person)
  3. Academic related conversation (2-4 people)
  4. Monologue or lecture (1 person)

Question types may include:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. Follow directions on a map
  4. Complete a diagram
  5. Complete a summary
  6. Match a speaker to an opinion
IELTS Listening
Here is the recording box you will see in all IELTS listening tasks.

It must be noted that whether you are taking the academic or general IELTS, the  listening and speaking parts will be the same.

How it works:

In each of the listening exercises, you will see a recording box and hear a recording. Once the recording has finished, you will need to answer the questions you see based on clues and information you heard. You will only hear the recorded information once, so it’s important that you play close attention. If you miss a piece of information, it’s better to move on to the next question instead of getting distracted.

Often times, the questions will be fill-in-the-blank style. Multiple choice options are also commonly found in the listening task. has a series of video lessons about each of the listening tasks, and you can access some them for free on our YouTube channel.

Here is one of our free video lessons:

Make sure you have a good understanding of the format of these questions before you begin your practice. Often times, people will focus too heavily on one question type and forget about the others!

IELTS Listening Overview:

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