By Jiabao Hors

IELTS Listening Practice Online

1. Introduction
Listening test is same for both Academic and General versions. It consists of four sections, each has ten questions. The listening module is based on 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; following the test guide and convention, familiarizing with the test structure are very important to finish listening module 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 not contain all types, but may have new question types that never occur before. Practice question types will speed up your response in real test, 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 will hear an introduction about the speakers, topic, and some backgrounds before each section. Note these contents aren't printed in test paper. 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 are in 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 of 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. Mock Full Length IELTS Listening Module
This 30 minutes video demonstrates a full IELTS listening test. It's a good example to show how the test to go.



To help candidates get familiarized with IELTS listening module as soon as possible, we compile 4 full length listening module exercises (30 minutes). Some sample questions are from IELIS official website or other Internet resources listed in next section, we organize them together to mock full IELTS listening test modules.

IELTS Listening Full Practice 1: Topics about library, travel, tourism, and environment.

  • SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 (PUBLIC LIBRARY)
  • SECTION 2 Questions 11-20 (BC TRAVAIL)
  • SECTION 3 Questions 21-30 (TOURISM)
  • SECTION 4 Questions 31-40 (ENVIRONMENT)
Test paper and Answers


IELTS Listening Full Practice 2: Topics about transport, school counsellor, literature, and time.

  • SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 (TRANSPORT)
  • SECTION 2 Questions 11-20 (COUNSELLOR)
  • SECTION 3 Questions 21-30 (LITERATURE)
  • SECTION 4 Questions 31-40 (TIME)
Test paper and Answers


IELTS Listening Full Practice 3: Topics about sports club, theatre, college course, and London history.

  • SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 (Sports Club)
  • SECTION 2 Questions 11-20 (Theatre)
  • SECTION 3 Questions 21-30 (College Course)
  • SECTION 4 Questions 31-40 (London History)
Test paper and Answers


IELTS Listening Full Practice 4: Topics about booking hotel, volunteering aboard, media course, and railway.

  • SECTION 1 Questions 1-10 (Booking Hotel)
  • SECTION 2 Questions 11-20 (Volunteer)
  • SECTION 3 Questions 21-30 (Media Course)
  • SECTION 4 Questions 31-40 (Railway)
Test paper and Answers


3. List of Online Listening Materials
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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