IELTS Listening

Important instructions to achieve


IELTS Listening Introduction

Paper Based IELTS Listening: (30 Minutes + 10 Minutes to transfer the answers) = 40 Minutes

Computer delivered IELTS Listening: (30 Minutes + 2 Minutes to review) = 32 Minutes

A 30-minute audio recording will be played during which you will be writing answers to a series of 40 questions (4 parts with 10 questions each).

Part 1: Two speakers will be talking (Routine and social talk, Social context)

Part 2: A single person will be speaking (Every day life situation, Social Context)

Part 3: At least two and up to four speakers (Educational Discussion, Academic Context)

Part 4: A single speaker usually delivers a lecture. (Academic)

IELTS Listening Question Types:

Task Type 1: flow-chart, table, summary completion, Form, note

Task Type 2: Short-answer questions

Task type 3: Multiple choice

Task type 4: Matching

Task type 5: Plan, map, diagram labelling

Task type 6: Sentence completion

  1. Question: I am taking academic IELTS next month. How many questions do I need to answer correctly to achieve a band score of 6?


band score 06 = 23 to 25 correct answers out of 40

band score 6.5 = 26 to 29 correct answers out of 40

band score 07 = 30 to 31 correct answers out of 40

band score 7.5 = 32 to 34 correct answers out of 40

band score 08 = 35 to 36 correct answers out of 40

band score 8.5 = 37 to 38 correct answers out of 40

band score 09 = 39 to 40 correct answers out of 40

2. Question: Can I listen to the recording again?

Answer: No, the recording will be played once only.

3. Question: Will there be any information about the speakers and the context in the recording before the test starts?

Answer: Yes, there will be a short description of the situation and the speaker, especially where they are and what the topic is about.

4. Question: Will I lose extra points if I give wrong answers?

Answer: No, there is no negative marking for incorrect replies. Any incorrect answer will not result in a loss of extra points. If you do not know the answer, it is always in your favour to make a guess and not leave the question unanswered.

5. Question: Will I have time to read the question paper before the test starts?

Answer: Yes, you will have. An intelligent candidate uses the time wisely by marking the key words and developing an understanding of the context of the tasks. Part 1 and 2 are easier than Part 3. Understanding the context and marking the key words in the section is a wise approach.

6. Question: Should I write my answers straight on the answer sheet?

Answer: Not advisable, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answer to the answer sheet at the end of the test. You have some time to correct your spelling errors and review while transferring your answers to the listening answer sheet.

7. Question: Can I do some rough work like marking, underlining or highlighting on question paper?

Answer: Yes, you can. Your answer sheet will be scored, so the examiner is not concerned about what you write on your question paper. Keep in mind that no extra paper for notes making can be requested.

8. Question: Should I use a pen or a pencil?

Answer: Pencil.

9. Question: Can I use AMERICAN SPELLING?

Answer: Yes, you certainly can. However, it is preferable if you keep to one spelling style, either British or American. The answer will be marked correct if you write COLOR NOT COLOUR.