Overview of the IELTS Listening Test
- The IELTS Listening test lasts around 30 minutes.
- You will have 1o minutes at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet provided.
- It is divided into 4 parts. The questions get progressively more difficult as the test goes on.
- There are 40 questions in total. Each question carries 1 mark.
- Timing is key. For each part, you will have time to look at the questions before the recording begins and you will have time to check your answers at the end.
- Listening is exactly the same for Academic and General Training.
Advice on Test Day
- Get there early. You need to be settled and ready for what’s coming.
- Read and listen to the instructions carefully. Many students throw away easy marks by not following simple instructions.
- Write your answers on the test paper. Feel free to write on it. You’ve paid for it.
- Carefully transfer your answers at the end to the answer sheet.
- You can write in all capital letters if you wish.
- If you have problems hearing the recording, complain at the end. You’ve paid for a service and you deserve to be treated properly.
IELTS Listening Guide
This post is about listening practice and how you can improve your listening skills at home.
Here are some links to official IELTS practice tests:
DO NOT use practice tests from unofficial sites. These tests are created by people who do not know what they are doing. They are either too easy or too hard. The tests will give you a false impression of your current level and will sabotage your progress.
Reviewing Your Practice Tests
- Do some real practice tests under exam conditions.
- Identify any particular types of question that caused you problems.
- Analyse your mistakes.
- Think about why you made those mistakes. What were the particular reasons why you answered those questions incorrectly? Was it timing, strategy, vocabulary, grammar, listening skills, spelling?
- Focus on improving your weakest areas first.
- Repeat the process until you are consistently getting the score you need.
Improving your Listening Skills
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IELTS Listening Lessons
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You can calculate your Band score by counting up your marks out of 40 and looking at the scores below:
18-22- Band 5.5
23-25- Band 6.0
26-29- Band 6.5
30-31- Band 7.0
32-34- Band 7.5
35-36- Band 8.0
37-38- Band 8.5
39-40- Band 9.0