IELTS Listening test for  General Training and Academic.  

♥ IELTS Listening test is same for General Training and Academic.  All test takers take the test same. So don’t worry about IELTS listening test for GT or Academic.

♥ Candidates for IELTS Academic and IELTS General both do the same listening test

About the IELTS Listening test

◊ You will listen to 4 different recordings with native English speakers and then write your answers of 40 questions.

      √ Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

      √ Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

      √ Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

      √ Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

 ◊ The test takes approximately 30 minutes. You will have an additional ten minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet

◊ You only hear the audio once. so listen carefully.

◊ A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used.

◊ You will hear conversations and monologues, with topics ranging from the everyday social to the academic.

Listening test question types:

A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: 

multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labeling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion.

Answers on the question:

IELTS listening test takers write their answers on the question paper as they listen and at the end of the test are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet. Care should be taken when writing answers on the answer sheet as poor spelling and grammar are penalized.

Computer delivered IELTS Listening test Advantages: 

The tab key works to move from one part to another.

Note:  One candidate had an example conversation played at the start of the listening test, another did not. So be aware of this.

Computer delivered IELTS Listening test Disadvantages:

1. Even though you are given a pen and paper, you need to type your answer directly into the computer. This means you need to be able to listen and type at the same time.

2. Some questions require you to type an answer others require you to drag words from one place to another and others require you to select boxes. You really need to get used to the different ways questions can be answered on the computer for IELTS listening.

3.Transfer time – you have only 2 mins to check answers, not 10 mins to transfer answers.

4. If you don’t know how to move from one section to the next, you might waste valuable time figuring it out.

What should you do? :

Please get familiar with the Page look and feel on CBT exam for each question type. You can get a sample for each question type in IDP website.

Listening test 01

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Listening test 02

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LISTENING TEST 03