IELTS Listening Test Info
The IELTS Listening Test is divided into 4 sections. In each section, you will listen to one or more native English speakers then answer around 10 questions related to what you just heard. The entire IELTS listening section contains 40 questions in total. In general, the listening recordings start off easier and get harder as you progress through the exam. Each recording is heard only once and includes a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand, American, and Canadian.
- Section 1 a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context. For example, you might hear a conversation about confirming details for a reservation, or placing an order over the phone.
- Section 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context. For example, you might hear a speech about local facilities, or someone providing directions, or presenting basic information about an event.
- Section 3 a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context. For example, you might hear a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment, or a couple of students discussing something from class.
- Section 4 – a monologue on an academic subject. For example, you will hear a university lecture from a professor. This is the toughest recording on the Listening exam for most students.
The IELTS Listening Test takes around 40 minutes. You will spend 30 minutes on listening to recordings and answering questions. You will be given a Question Booklet and an Answer Sheet. The Question Booklet is where you will see all the questions you need to answer. The Answer Sheet is where you will write your final answers for grading.
You can check out the IELTS official listening answer sheet pdf here or just look at the image below 🙂
At the end of the listening section, you are given 10 minutes to transfer answers from your Question Booklet to your Answer Sheet.IMPORTANT!Misspellings and incorrect grammar are marked INCORRECT, so use the 10 minutes to double check your spelling and Grammar.
Calculating IELTS Listening Score
On the Listening section, each question is worth 1 point, so you can achieve a “raw” score of up to 40 points. Then, your raw score will be converted into your band score. Remember! You do not lose points for incorrect answers. The table below can give you a general idea about how raw scores are converted to band scores.
Because each version of the IELTS is slightly different, the raw score required to achieve a certain band score differs depending on how everyone who took the test performed that day. Thus, the number of correct answers needed to get a band score will vary slightly from test to test, but in general you should be aiming to get around 30 out of 40 if you want to get a band score of 7.
As noted above, the sections get tougher and tougher as you progress through the IELTS listening test. However, every question is worth the same number of points. Therefore, make sure you’re not losing out on easier points because you get stuck on hard questions.