IELTS Listening Strategy # 1 Know the Structure of the IELTS Listening Test

The IELTS listening test is in four parts, with the first part being the easiest and the fourth part being the most difficult. The test is the same for both Academic and General versions of the test.

Each part lasts for about eight minutes and includes ten questions. The total amount of listening time for the test lasts for about thirty minutes.

1.Remember!

You will only hear the information one time, so you need to concentrate carefully.

2.Computer-Based Test

If you are doing the computer-based test, you will enter the answers as you listen so the total time will be 30 minutes.

3.Paper-Based Test

After the thirty minutes of listening, you have an extra ten minutes for transfer time. During this extra time, all forty answers must be transferred onto the final paper answer sheet.

4.IELTS Listening Question Types

You can expect the following question types on all four parts of the listening test.

  • Multiple choice
  • Matching
  • Selecting pictures
  • Short answer questions
  • Sentence completion
  • Form completion
  • Chart / Table completion
  • Gap-fill
  • Labelling diagrams

5.Skills Required

You will need to listen with carefully using the following language skills.

  • Listening for context
  • Listening for details
  • Understanding opinions
  • Spelling

6.IELTS Listening Test Four Parts

6.1 IELTS Listening Test part 1

Format: Giver of information & receiver of information (eg. buyer & seller)
Speakers: 2
Questions: 10
Section Break: 1 break

6.2 IELTS Listening Test part 2

Format: Information talk – general topic (eg. tour guide gives information)
Speakers: 1
Questions: 10
Section Break: 1 break

6.3 IELTS Listening Test part 3

Format: Giver of information & receiver of information (eg. buyer & seller)
Speakers: 2 – 4
Questions: 10
Section Break: 1 break

6.4 IELTS Listening Test part 4

Format: Information talk – general topic (eg. tour guide gives information)
Speakers: 1
Questions: 10
Section Break: No breaks

The best way to get to know the structure of the IELTS test is to complete as many practice tests as you can before your test date. When you know the structure of the test you can fully concentrate on the English skills, rather than having to wonder what will happen next.