IELTS Listening Test

The IELTS Listening test is the first module of the IELTS test. All IELTS students take the same listening test. So, if you’re taking academic IELTS or general training IELTS, you all take the same test, the same questions, the same format, and the same scoring. Let’s learn some facts about it.

The IELTS Listening Test 

  • It takes approximately 30 minutes, then candidates are given an extra 10 minutes at the end to transfer their answers from their Question Booklet to their Answer Sheet.
  • There are 4 sections with 10 questions each (40 questions). The first two sections are the easiest; they are social. That means the context of the situation is a social situation (an everyday situation) and the last two sections are more difficult, they are academic in content.
  • The recording is heard only once. Ensure you listen carefully. If you miss something, there’s no second chance. That means you really are multitasking during this listening test. You need to listen to the recording, read the questions and at the same time write down your answers. It can be quite difficult and it’s something that you do need to practice.
  • Test gets more difficult as it continues.
  • There are a total of 40 questions, with 10 questions per section. A variety of tasks that may be presented in the Listening test (e.g., Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Form Completion, sentence completion, labeling diagrams, etc…). Candidates are given time to read the questions before they listen and time to check their answers after they listen.
  • Candidates must use a pencil to write answers on the Answer Sheet because it is scanned by a computer. That’s the same as the IELTS reading test.