IELTS - Listening

The IELTS Listening test aims to check whether a candidate is able to understand spoken English or not. It tests how well a candidate can follow a conversation or speech in English and whether he is able to identify the main idea, understand information, make out the attitude or opinion of the speaker from his tone and other skills.

IELTS Listening Test Structure

  • The IELTS Listening test is common for both the testing modules; the General Training as well as the Academic module.
  • The Listening test area consists of four sub-sections and needs to be attempted in 30 minutes approximately.
  • The variety of question types that appear in this test area include multiple-choice, matching, plan/map labelling, flow-chart, form, note and table completion etc.
  • In this test area, your listening skills are widely tested based upon your ability to understand the idea and interpret opinions.

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Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The Listening test is conducted by playing out recordings of conversations and monologues and asking candidates to answer forty questions based on these. There are in all four recordings that are played and lastly, a monologue by a person on an academic subject.
  • Before playing each recording, candidates are asked to read the questions based on that recording.
  • After the recording has finished playing, they are given time to finalize their answers.
  • Each correct answer is accorded one mark. Thus, the total score is the number of correct answers out of 40. This raw score is converted to a band score by converting it to a number on the scale of 1 to 9, where a band score of 9 signifies expertise in this particular language skill.