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Ielts Listening

Introduction To IELTS Listening

Listening module remains the same for both- Academic and General IELTS.


Listening module foe IELTS is also known as the receptive skill for IELTS, where the candidate has to answer the question according to the audios that he/ she hear too.

This module consists of 40 questions (4 sections with 10 questions each).

Sections 1 and 2 play every day social discussions between two speakers. Section 1 usually includes discussion between 2 speakers about travel arrangements, accommodation etc. majorly a conversation. Section 2 is a monologue usually about local facilities etc.

Sections 3 and 4 play education and training related conversations wherein section 3 has about 4 people conversing with each other primarily in an educational or training setup (ex. A group of students discussing a project) and section 4 has a monologue on an academic project usually.

Each section is played only once.

Variety of accents are used, primarily British and Australian.

Approximately 40 minutes, divided into two parts (30 minutes for listening+10 minutes transfer time).

Form completion, note completion, summary completion, sentence completion, multiple choice, diagram labeling, map labeling, map labeling, table completion, form chart, short answer questions, matching.

Score that is scaled from 0-9 bands, each correct answer gets you 1 mark and your total score out of 40 is further converted into the IELTS band score.


  1. This module is spread over 4 sections and has 40 questions in all.
  2. The answers must be marked while listening to the tape. In addition to the 30 minutes, when the tape is being played, extra 10 minutes are provided in the end to fill the answers on the answer sheet.
  3. Read the instructions carefully before taking the test, it will familiarize you with the pattern and understanding the type of questions.
  4. Use a pencil to write the answers, so in case there are changes required, they can be made easily.
  5. For a computer delivered test, answers needn’t be transferred; therefore, you’ll be given extra 2 minutes to check your answers.
  6. Adhere to the word limit that is specified in the question.
  7. If the answer is wrongly spelled, it will be marked wrong.
  8. If you miss on an answer, do not waste time and get onto the next question.
  9. You will be required to multitask, this means while you read the questions; you listen to the answers and write down the words, all at the same time. Therefore, this requires practice.
  10. You will be required to understand that how words and numbers are calculated. Few examples are given below for better understanding
    1. A date “2000” is considered one number.
    2. A larger number 2, 50,000 is considered one word.
    3. A hyphenated word “build-up” is considered one word.
    4. A compound noun which is not hyphenated “baseball”, “fireworks” is considered two words.





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