You will be hear different number of recodings and respond to related questions in your IELTS Listening test.
The content of the Listening test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.
Purpose of the test
The IELTS Listening test is designed to assess a wide range of listening skills, including how well you
- understand main ideas and specific factual information
- recognise the opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker
- follow the development of an argument
The IELTS Listening test takes approximately 30 minutes, and you are allowed an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers from your question booklet to your answer sheet.
IELTS Listening consists of four sections:
You listen to a conversation between two people set in an everyday social situation, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency, and answer questions on your comprehension.
You listen to a monologue set in an everyday social situation, e.g. a speech about local facilities or a talk about the arrangements for meals during a conference.
You listen to a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a group of students planning a research project.
You listen to a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
There are 40 questions.
A variety of question types is used, and you may be asked to
- answer multiple choice questions
- label a plan, map or diagram
- fill in a form
- complete a table
- complete a flow-chart
- give short answers
Each correct answer receives one mark.
Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
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