The Important Numbers

Accents: A variety (e.g. British, North American, Australian, and so on).
Questions: A variety (e.g. gap-filling, multiple choice, and so on).

Section 1 : A Dialogue of Social Nature (e.g. a student calling an ESL school to find out about their English Language courses)

Length: Around 9 minutes (including instructions)

Skills Tested: Listening for factual information

Tasks : Short-answer Questions (frequently)

Did you know?
Section 1 is the easiest section. If you want to score 7.0 in Listening,
you should not make any mistakes in this section.

Section 2 : A Monologue of Social Nature (e.g. a talk about a new park)

Length: Around 6-7 minutes

Skills Tested: Listening for factual information

Tasks : Sentence completion, map/diagram completion and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?
Spelling and Grammar are also checked in the IELTS Listening Test.
Test takers are given 1 mark if their answer is grammatically right and spelled correctly. There are no half marks in IELTS.

Section 3 : A Discussion (2-4 people) of Educational Nature (e.g. a discussion between a professor and a research student)

Length: Around 6-7 minutes

Skills Tested: Listening for specific information, speaker’s attitude and opinion

Tasks : Form/notes/summary completion, classifying and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?
It is recommended that you write all your answers in capital letter (e.g. PARK) on the IELTS Listening and Reading Answer Sheet.

Section 4 : A Lecture of Educational Nature (e.g. a lecture on art history)

Length: Around 6-7 minutes

Skills Tested: Listening for specific information, speaker’s attitude and opinion

Tasks : Table/map/diagram/summary completion, classifying and/or multiple choice questions

Did you know?
You can abbreviate commonly abbreviated words in English, such as km for “kilometer” or St for “street”. You cannot abbreviate days of weeks or months.
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