In Listening section of the IELTS, you will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions.

These include questions which test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas.

Time Allotted: 30 minutes

Section 1
A conversation between two people on an everyday, social topic. This means that you will listen to two people talking to each other about arranging a trip, organizing an event, etc.

Section 2
This is a talk by one speaker on a general topic. This means that you listen to one person giving information about a public event, a service provided, etc.

Section 3
This is a conversation between two to four people in an educational or training context. This means that you listen to up to four people talking to each other about an assignment for a course, an academic subject in a seminar, etc.

Section 4
This is a monologue on an academic or study-related topic. This means you will listen a person given lecture or talk, which is focused academically.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Focus on first two sections is on listening the specific factual information. However in the last two sections, in addition to factual information you have to focus on speaker’s attitude and opinions.
  • You will be allowed approximately 30 seconds to study the questions before the test begins. Use this time to check what kind of information or answers are needed in that particular section.
  • At the end of the Listening test the answers must be written on the Answer Sheet. After the test you will be given 10 whole minutes to copy all your answers to the Answer Sheet and only then you need to be doing that.
  • Do not mistakenly choose to copy the answers to the Answer Sheet during the time given before each section begins, because that time is for you to concentrate on reading the questions about the new section, to understand what’s coming up or what kind of information you need to focus on in the new section.


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