Listening test is same for both Academic and General versions. It consists of four sections, each has ten questions. The listening section are based recorded materials and takes 30 minutes in total.
The listening materials can be understood without special background knowledge, which are usually related to common topics of society or study. However, IELTS listening isn't limited to British English, test takers should be able to deal with different voices and accents, from Ireland, South Africa, to India.
Test takers have only one chance to listen the materials, so following the test guide and convention, familiarizing with the test structure are very important to finish listening section smoothly.
Question Type The core of listening test is to evaluate listening ability. The question types are designed to reflect your listening level. You may see multiple question types in test papers. The six main types are as list.
- multiple choice: Choose the right letter
- matching: Choose the right letter
- diagram, plan, map: choose the right letter or word
- form, table: fill in word/number
- sentence completion: fill in word/number
- short answer: fill in word/number
One test paper may contain some of types, or even new question types that never occur before. Practice the question types as many as possible will speed up your response on real test paper, but the key point is still your listening skill. Besides, some question types require to fill in words, so spelling skill also impacts listening score.
Section IELTS listening test always has four sections, each may have up to three question types.
You can hear an introduction about the speakers, topic, and some backgrounds before each section. Note these contents aren't printed in test papers. Then you are supposed to go through the questions in 30 seconds. After a 30 seconds blank, the recording continues. If the recording will enter a new set of questions, you will have another 30 second break to view the new questions before the recording goes on.
In any section, the questions' order is consistent with the order of information presented in listening materials. When a section finishes, you have extra 30 seconds to check answers.
Four sections follow a fixed pattern of topic, style, and order. For example, the first two sections are related to daily contexts and the last two are related to school activities. More details are as
- Section 1: A conversation between two people in everyday contexts, usually involving customer service, e.g. in public library
- Section 2: A monologue in everyday contexts, e.g. introduction a place, event, activity, or organization
- Section 3: A conversation in schools, usually between two students, sometimes being guided by a teacher
- Section 4: A short piece of lecture by a teacher
Now that you know that IELTS listening test has fixed formats, why not to learn and familiarize them before test day? It's a proven way to up listening score by practicing IELTS style exercises.
2. Listening Materials List
We collect 100 most popular IELTS listening online practices here. This is a hub to help test takers get listening materials easily and quickly. The list is maintained by our editors. If you see only broken url please contact with US
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