IELTS Listening

IELTS | Test Takers – Listening sample

The Listening test is 30 minutes long and is four recorded monologues and conversations.

The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.

Computer-delivered IELTS Listening test

There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring of the computer-delivered IELTS test. The type of Listening questions asked, thus, remain the same as in the paper-based test: Please ensure you are using Chrome or Firefox to launch the sample texts.

While attempting the sample tests, in each sample, you will have some time to look through the questions before the recording starts, and some time at the end to check your answers.

Computer Based General Training LISTENing Sample tasks
Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)
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Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
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Sample Listening Matching
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Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (Type A)
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Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (Type B)
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Sample Listening Note Completion
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Sample Listening Short Answer Questions
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Paper Based General Training Reading Sample tasks

The following IELTS Listening Sample Tasks are to be used with the Answer Sheet and MP3 audio files/transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which Recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.

Listening Sample Test 1
Listening Sample Task – Form Completion (PDF, 59KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 1 (MP3, 1.2MB)
Listening Sample Task  – Sentence Completion (PDF, 17KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 4 (MP3, 549KB)
Listening Sample Task – Multiple Choice (PDF, 16KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 2 (MP3, 402KB)
Listening Sample Task – Short Answer (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 3 (MP3, 574KB)
Listening Sample Task – Matching (example 1) (PDF. 21KB)
Listening Sample Task – Matching (example 2) (PDF, 21KB)
Listening Sample Task – Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (PDF, 25KB)

 

 Listening Answer Sheet
 Listening Answer Sheet (PDF, 233KB)

 

More Listening Sample Tasks
Listening Sample Task (Recording 5) – Form Completion (PDF, 59KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 5 (MP3, 1.2MB)
Listening Recording 5 Answer Sheet (PDF, 16KB)
Listening Sample Task (Recording 6) – Short Answer (PDF, 25KB)
IELTS Listening Recording 6 (MP3, 574KB)
Listening Recording 6 Answer Sheet  (PDF, 17KB)

FAQs for Computer-delivered IELTS Test takers

This comes down to personal preference and choice. Some test takers will be used to paper-based tests as this might feel similar to other exam situations from school, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing.

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