IELTS Listening

The IELTS listening part is relatively easy. The test consists of four sections. Sections 1 and 3 are dialogues and sections 2 and 4 are monologues. There are 40 questions to be answered and the test lasts for 30 minutes. Ten minutes are provided at the end of the test to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Before starting of each audio, the candidates are given a chance to go through the questions based on that audio. Candidates are advised to write on the questions paper as cruise along the audio. The audios are played once. Therefore, there is no chance of hearing the audios again.

General Tips for Listening:

  • Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Keep all your attention focused for the half hour or so that the test lasts. A lapse of concentration can make you lose the sequence of answers and panic sets in fast.
  • The questions are in sets and you hear tape recording for one set at a time.
  • Glance through the set of questions for which you will be hearing the tape.
  • Read the questions & find out what specific information is required (name, place, date, number etc).
  • Circle key words (Clue/trigger words).
  • When the tape plays listen intently when you think your specific information will come.