What’s in the Listening Test

The Listening test lasts for around 30 minutes. It has four sections with ten questions in each and is the same for both Academic and General Training modules. You will have ten minutes at the end of the test to transfer your responses to the answer sheet.

Each question is worth one mark so the maximum you can score is 40.

This is how the IELTS Band Score for the Listening test is calculated:

Correct Responses

IELTS Band Score

Correct Responses

IELTS Band Score

40

9

27-29

6.5

38-39

8.5

23-26

6

35-37

8

20-22

5.5

33-34

7.5

16-19

5

30-32

7

14-15

4.5

The recordings are only played once so write your answers down as you go on the question paper.

Remember, you have ten minutes at the end of the test to transfer your responses to the answer sheet.

NB A range of accents are used so you could hear British, North American, Australian or other native-speaker accents.

The test is divided into four sections:

  • Section 1 is a conversation involving two people in an everyday situation such as booking accommodation or making travel arrangements
  • Section 2 is a monologue related to an everyday social situation such as local facilities
  • Section 3 is a conversation between a maximum of four people in an educational or training situation such as a college tutor and a student talking about a project
  • Section 4 is a monologue on a general, non-specialist academic topic. It can be an extract from a college lecture

 

 

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