Listening | About the test (with practice test)


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Listening is the first test you will take on the test day.


It lasts 30 minutes and has four sections, each with 10 questions.


You will have an additional 10 minutes at the end to write your answers on the answer sheet.


The listening test is the same in both the academic and general tests.

PART

DETAILS

EXAMPLE

TIME

Part 1

Semi-formal conversation

2 people speaking. 1 speaker usually asking for information. e.g. making a booking

30 minutes in total for parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

Part 2

Monologue 1

1 person speaking. Non-academic topic. e.g. guided tour of a city

30 minutes in total for parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

Part 3

Discussion

2 or more people speaking​.

Academic context.

e.g. professor helping student

with thesis.

30 minutes in total for parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

Part 4

Monologue 2

1 person speaking.

Academic topic.

e.g. professor giving university lecture.

30 minutes in total for parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

After the test

Transfer answers to answer sheet

​10 minutes

To see what score you would get in the IELTS listening test based on how many answers you got correct, use the table below:

CORRECT ANSWERS

IELTS SCORE

39-40

9.0

37-38

8.5

35-36

8.0

32-34

7.5

30-31

7.0

26-29

6.5

23-25

6.0

18-22

5.5

16-17

5.0

13-15

4.5

11-12

4.0


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