IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening test is an audio-based testing system. For General Training Candidate wishing to apply for Work or Permanent Residency (PR) for Canada needs 8 Bands minimum and for Academic 7 Bands

The IELTS General Training or Academic Listening test is the same for everyone. Listening, you will be given 40 questions to solve. The Listening skill is one that is developed by a lot of practice and it entirely depends on your efforts. Candidate cannot expect BAND Score 8 or more with little practice. To get the desired band score one has to work on the English language in totality.

The IELTS General Training listening test is approximately 40 minutes in length and there are four sections each with a separate listening passage. In each section, there are 10 questions making 40 in all. Sections 1 and 2 are based on social survival in an English speaking country and sections 3 and 4 are based on a more educational and training orientation. The actual CD lasts for about 30 minutes and then you have 10 minutes at the end of the listening test in order to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

Section 1 Here you will listen to a conversation between 2 people. The conversation is divided into 2 parts. You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear. At the start of section 1, you will have an example read out to you and then explained. This is then repeated when the listening starts properly.

Section 2 Here you will hear a monologue though it may include a second speaker asking questions in order to stimulate the monologue. The monologue is divided into 2 parts. You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear.

Section 3  Here you will listen to a conversation between 2, 3 or 4 people. The conversation is divided into 2 parts. You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear.

Section 4 Here you will hear a monologue though it may include a second speaker asking questions in order to stimulate the monologue. The monologue is divided into 2 parts. You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear.

IELTS LISTENING REAL ANSWER SHEET

IELTS Listening Test Question Types

In the IELTS Listening test, the same types of questions come up every time so it will help you to know what these types are.  They are as follows:

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Short answer
  • Sentence completion
  • Notes/summary/diagram/flow chart/table completion
  • Labeling a diagram with numbered parts
  • Classification
  • Matching lists/phrases
  • Multiple choice

IELTS Listening Test Mechanics

  • The listening test is the same for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and they are scored in the same way.
  • You will listen to four different recordings and then answer 10 written questions for each (40 in total)
  • You will only hear each recording once.
  • You have 40 minutes for all four sections. 30 Minutes to listen to the recordings and write your answers on the question paper. Then 10 minutes to transfer these to the answer sheet.
  • The recordings and questions get more difficult as the test progresses.
  • The recordings include a range of accents, probably British and Australian, so try to get familiar with these.
  • Points are not taken away for incorrect answers.
  • You may use CAPITAL letters to write your answers for your IELTS listening test.

Reviewing Your Practice IELTS Listening Tests

  • Do some real practice tests under exam conditions.
  • Identify any particular types of questions that caused you problems. Think about why you made those mistakes. Focus on improving your weakest areas first.
  • Focus on what the speaker is saying not how they say it.
  • Don’t take notes in complete sentences – jot down the key points and abbreviate.
  • Get the habit of distinguishing between essential and non-essential information. If two people are talking about making plans for a dinner date, the important information is the date/time they finally agree upon. Other dates/times they considered become irrelevant.
  • Try to guess what the speaker is going to say. Speakers, will often drop clue words or outline what they will to talk about beforehand. This gives you the ability to start your own outline to then fill in.

Here are some links to official IELTS sample practice tests:

The British Council-

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-ielts-practice-tests/listening-practice-test-1

IDP-

https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/prepare/freepracticetests/listeningpracticetests

IELTS Official-

https://www.ielts.org/usa/ielts-for-test-takers/ielts-practice-test

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