IELTS Listening Section Exam Guide
|This Section contains a detailed analysis of the Listening section of the exam with Exam Tips and Guidance for all the different Listening tasks that students will encounter taking the IELTS exam, with reference to the tasks included in the Practice Test|
- 1 Listening Section format
- 1.1 spelling:
- 1.2 numbers:
- 1.3 SECTION 2
- 1.4 SECTION 3
- 1.5 SECTION 4
- 1.6 TASK TYPES: (1) NOTE COMPLETION
- 1.7 TASK TYPES: (2) MULTIPLE CHOICE
- 1.8 TASK TYPES: (3) FORM COMPLETION
- 1.9 TASK TYPES: (4) TABLE COMPLETION
- 1.10 TASK TYPES: (5) FLOW-CHART COMPLETION
- 1.11 TASK TYPES: (6) DIAGRAM LABELLING
- 1.12 TASK TYPES: (7) MAP LABELLING
- 1.13 TASK TYPES: (8) MATCHING
- 1.14 TASK TYPES: (9) SENTENCE COMPLETION
- 2 General Listening Tips
Listening Section format
£4.50 = four pound(s) fifty / four fifty
$3135 = thirty-one dollar(s) and eighty-five cents / thirty-one eighty-five
1985 = nineteen eighty-five 2015 = twenty fifteen
(we put the first two numbers together and then the second two)
except for the years 2000 – 2009, example:
2000 = two thousand
2009 = two thousand and nine or two thousand nine
(we say the year as we would a number)
3rd March, March 3rd, March 3 and 3 March are all considered the same two-word answer
25m = 25 metres = 25 meters
Also check :
- IELTS Listening
- IELTS Listening Answer Sheet
- IELTS listening recent actual test
- IELTS Listening preparation tips
- IELTS Listening words
TASK TYPES: (1) NOTE COMPLETION
TASK TYPES: (2) MULTIPLE CHOICE
- The questions wil folow the order of the recorrfcig.
- You wil be told either to choose ONE option from A, B and C, or TWO options from A, B, C. D and E.
- Always read the questions before you start The wil give you an idea of what the retorting is about and what to listen for.
- Listen carefuly to the narrator’s introduction to find out what the recording is about
- As soon as you’ve freshed one question, listen out for the answer to the next (do not dwell on questions you aren’t sire of as you only hear the recordng once; quickly move on or risk missing another answer).
TASK TYPES: (3) FORM COMPLETION
TASK TYPES: (4) TABLE COMPLETION
N.B. Table completion tasks are very similar to note completion exercises.
TASK TYPES: (5) FLOW-CHART COMPLETION
- flow charts require you to follow the development of a diccussion.
- The steps in the flow-chart will be in the sane order as what you hear
- Listen careMy to the part of the dscussion to whch the task relates because you wil only hear it once.
- There are two types of flowchart task; A and B (see below). A requres you to choose an option (A. 8. C etc) from the box to complete each space. B requires you to write the exact word(s) you hear in the space.
TASK TYPES: (6) DIAGRAM LABELLING
- You will have to transfer the information you hear to a simple picture or plan of some kind.
- You will need to be familiar with the kind of language used to express where things are.
- Listen carefully to the part of the discussion to which this task relates because you will only hear it once.
- There are three types of diagram labelling tasks. See below for details.
TASK TYPES: (7) MAP LABELLING
N. B. Map labelling is very similar to diagram labelling. There are three types of map questions and they follow the format of types A, B and C above.
- Read the instructions so you know what to write (e.g. a word or letter).
- Look at the map and try to understand what it shows and how each location might be described.
- Use the places already marked on the map to help you follow the recording.
TASK TYPES: (8) MATCHING
- Matching requires you to listen to detailed information and connect it to a number of places, people, groups etc.
- You will only hear the part of the recording related to the matching task ONCE.
- Match ONE piece of information from the box to each question.
TASK TYPES: (9) SENTENCE COMPLETION
N.B. Sentence completion is similar to note completion. I
General Listening Tips