IELTS Listening test: Overview and Understanding This Test

IELTS listening test

The IELTS listening test is considered the easiest test of the IELTS exam. It approximately takes to 30 mins to complete the test but the time offered to the student is 40mins. The extra 10 mins are to transfer the answers on the answer sheets from your question booklets. Firstly, you will begin by listening to an audio that consists of instructions for section-1. Secondly, you will read the questions in section-1, then listen the audio in which the answers to your questions lies and then simply write your answers. Likewise, repeat this with other three sections, i.e, 2, 3 and 4.

In the final period of 10 mins transfer your answers on the answer sheet given to you.


There are total 40 questions asked to a candidate. There is no negative marking. So, make sure to attempt all the questions. One mark is awarded for each of the correct answer. There are variety of questions that can be asked from the candidate in the IELTS listening test, such as;

  1. multiple choice/objective type questions
  2. map/diagram/plan labeling
  3. form filling
  4. table/flow chart completion
  5. short/one-word answers


Each of the section has its own audio script with some differences in them. Firstly, the audio script in section-1 has a conversation between two people in an everyday social situation. To exemplify, a conversation between two in an accommodation agency. So, a candidate has to answer the questions by listening to the audio scripts. Secondly, in section-2 the script is based upon a monologue set. To cite an example for this, a speech for some organized function or arrangements for meals and many more. Thirdly, there comes a conversation between a group of people on any educational or training program or context. At last, an audio script again with a monologue on any academic subject.

This is what a candidate will observe in the IELTS listening test. There is not any tip or trap needed for this test.


IELTS listening test has only one requirement to get 7+ bands, that is to be a good listener. A candidate must be a very good listener to listen to the audio scripts clearly. So before starting the preparation of the IELTS listening test with model/mock tests, a candidate should practise listening to English news. There are various channels to listen to English news such as France 24, CNN, BBC World, AlJazeera and many more. To listen to English news does not mean that only English news channel will help to get a good band score, it just means to listen to English more. So, a candidate should listen to English whether news, movies or other channels such as Sony BBC Earth, History TV 18 and many more. This can a good considerable practice to get a good band score in the IELTS listening test.

NOTE: Listening to news channels is recommended because it helps you to be in touch with current affairs and writing task-2 and task-1. Otherwise, listening to music and watching Youtube videos can also be a good practice.

Get the answer sheet of the IELTS listening test click here.

To get the best audio practice material for preparation click here

Also, read our article on How to attempt and organize writing task-2.


For more information of IELTS reach IDP Global and British Council.

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