Do you need help with an IELTS Listening?

IELTS Listening test is designed to test your listening skills. Basically, what examiners want to know is that are you able to understand, by listening, what native speakers talk? Therefore, Listening test uses varieties of accents such as American, British, Australian, etc.

What is a Listening test?

You will be given a sheet containing questions

You will be asked to find answers to the questions by LISTENING to the data (recording/ audio clip)

Recording will be played only once

You cannot the control recording/ audio clip

Types of questions

Multiple choice

Labelling a map/diagram

Flow chart completion

Form/Notes completion

Sentence completion

Sentence completion

Summary completion

Table completion

Short answer

Matching features/information

General Topic: Conversation between two people (Over a telephone)

General Topic: One person given out the information.

Academic Topic: Conversation between 2 or more but up to 4 people

Academic Topic: One person giving out information.


4 Parts

Each part contains 10 questions

30 minutes

Additional 10 minutes to transfer your answer sheet (only for paper based)

Test gets tougher as the test progresses

Out of the above types of questions, MCQs and Labelling a Map/Diagram questions are the most challenging for the test takers.

These questions are designed for a Band 8 or 9 candidate. So, you need to have an excellent command over your listening skills as well as vocabulary.

Labelling a Map/Diagram

Key Information

Appears in section 2

One of the toughest questions

Designed for Band 8 and 9 candidates

You need to have a good directions-vocabulary

Needs an effective, adequate and continuous practice


Read the instruction words and note down the limit

Look at the diagram or map carefully and understand it

identify where the questions are and what is being asked

Identify the beginning point

Think of synonyms and paraphrasing

Listen carefully and write the correct answer

Specific Vocabulary

At the top

At the bottom

In the centre

Go past/just past


Northeast/ southeast/ southwest/ northwest

In front of




Next to

Enter via

Left-hand side/ Right-hand side

Before you get to


On the far side

Clockwise/ anticlockwise

Straight ahead

Same side


Leads off

Dead end

Across the road

Carry straight on

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Key Information

Generally, appears in section 2 or 3

One of the toughest questions

Not enough time to read all the questions and its options carefully before the recording gets played

Recording talks about all the options

Generally, appears in section 2 or 3

Options look the same, but they aren’t

Needs an effective, adequate, and continuous practice

Designed for a Band 8 or Band 9 candidates

High level of vocabulary

Good awareness about paraphrasing

Great concentration

Enough and effective practice


When you get time to check the answers of previous questions, use it for reading the first few questions

Understand the question

Underline the keywords

Read all the options carefully and understand them

Identify the differences between them

Think of synonyms and paraphrasing

Listen the recording carefully and pick the correct answer

Be aware that answer might be changed to confuse the candidates