IELTS listening test

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IELTS test candidates whether academic or general do the same IELTS listening test. 

The IELTS listening test takes about 30 minutes to complete and you will receive an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet.

You will only hear the audio once for each part. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used.

The following types of questions are used in the listening test:

There are four parts in the listening test:

Part 1: Two people talking (a typical everyday conversation, e.g., two friends arranging to meet).

Part 2: One person talking (a talk or speech in a social situation, e.g., explaining membership at a local gym).

Part 3: Multiple people talking (maximum 4) in a training or educational situation (e.g., a training workshop/seminar).

Part 4: One person giving a talk/presentation in an academic setting (e.g., a university professor).

Each part has 10 questions. You will get time to work through the answers and also some time to check your answers.

How to handle the listening test:

  • Do not open this question paper until you are told to do so.
  • Write your name and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page.
  • Remember you will only hear the audio once. So make sure that you read, write and listen all at the same time.
  • Read the instructions and questions carefully before you listen.


Take a look at some of our tutorials to help you prepare for your IELTS listening test: