IELTS Listening

The Listening Test comprises of four sections and each section has ten questions.

In the first section, you will hear a conversation between 2 people. In the second section, you will hear a monologue, set in a social situation. The third section will have of 2-4 people conversing on an educational or training subject. And finally, the fourth section will be a monologue on an academic subject.

At the end of each section, there will be 10 questions, for a total of 40 questions. You will get time to go over your answers. You will also get 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet, at the end of the full IELTS listening test. You need to listen carefully, as the recording will be played only once.



The Listening test of IELTS is divided into four different sections that will most likely focus on various kinds of speech. Look at the details below:

Section 1: Consist of 2 speakers with a speech based on transactional or social dialogue.
Section 2: Consist of 1 speaker with a precise speech on any general topic.
Section 3: Consist of 2-4 speakers with a conversation on any educational or training subject.
Section 4: Consist of 1 speaker who will talk on any general subject of interest.


This test will finally judge you on the basis of how attentively you listen and understand specific recordings and grasp its basic ideas, information, opinions and/or facts. There are several types of questions that can be employed in the exam such as:

  • Questions with multiple choice answers
  • Answer in brief sentences
  • Completion of sentences
  • Completion of flowchart/diagram/notes and table
  • Matching columns
  • Grouping

What types of questions will be asked?

You will be required to answer the questions in your own words. This section also assesses your spellings. If you spell your answer wrong, the answer will be considered incorrect, which will lead to negative marking.

For example, if the answer is ‘hat’ and you erroneously write ‘hats’, your answer is considered incorrect. It is important to be precise with your answers.

This section tests the student’s patience and concentration skills. With a rigorous amount of practice, you will be able to sharpen your concentration and listening ability, boosting your score in the Listening Section.