IELTS Listening Tips, Lessons and Videos

IELTS listening tips and practice lessons for success in your IELTS listening test. Develop your skills, learn about the test, get useful tips and much more. This page has everything you need to do well in your test.

On this page, you will find:

  • IELTS Listening Test Information
  • IELTS Listening Essential Tips Video
  • Extra IELTS Listening Videos
  • Practice Listening Lessons for IELTS Preparation

Information and tips for the other sections of the test, can be accessed through the RED BAR at the top of the website.

IELTS Listening Test Information

There is only one listening test for all IELTS candidates. That means Academic and GT candidates will take the same listening test with the same scoring.

  1. The IELTS listening test lasted for a total of 40 mins.
  2. The IELTS listening recording will last for 30 mins.
  3. There are four parts to the IELTS Listening test:
    1. Conversation between 2 people: social context
    2. A speech or talk with just one person: social context
    3. Conversation between up to four people: educational or training context
    4. A talk by one person on an academic subject
    5. Please note again that all IELTS candidates take the same listening test. The GT candidates take the same listening test.
  4. For the paper based listening test, you must listen and write your answers on the questions paper at the same time. After the recording ends, you will be given an extra 10 mins to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.
  5. For the computer delivered IELTS listening test, put your answers directly into the computer. You are NOT given 10 mins to transfer answers because the answers are already in the computer. Instead you have 2 mins to review your answers and change anything you need to. This is the only difference between the paper and computer listening test.
  6. For each set of questions there will be a word count limit – you need to pay close attention to the limit and how it changes for the next set of questions.
    1. For example: write no more than two words and/or a number – you can write one word, two words OR a combination of one or two words with a number OR just a number on its own. Always notice if it allows “a number” or “numbers”.
    2. You can learn how words are counted for IELTS listening on this page: Counting Words
  7. You will have time to read the questions before the recording starts.
  8. If the word is spelled wrong, it will be marked wrong.
  9. COMPUTER DELIVERED IELTS.  Click here to read about the Pros & Cons of Computer Based IELTS
  10. To see the listening scores, click here: IELTS Band Scores.
  11. For more test information, see this page: IELTS FAQ

IELTS Listening Essential 25 Tips

A MUST watch video for success in the IELTS listening test.

Notice about Using capital letters: this tip has been updated and listed on this page: 25 Essential Tips Listed for Listening

To get a list of tips from this video, please visit this page: 25 Listening Tips


More IELTS Listening Tips and Video Lessons

IELTS Listening Practice Lessons

Some practice listening exercises to help you develop the skills needed for IELTS listening. The lessons vary in level to give all students a chance to practise. I’ve listed the type of listening question with each lesson to help you focus on different IELTS question types. I hope you find my lessons useful 🙂

  1. Moles: Multiple Choice
  2. The Future of Libraries: Sentence Completion
  3. Listening for Diagrams Practice & Tips
  4. Turtles: Multiple Choice Questions & Tips
  5. Blue Footed Birds: Gap Fill
  6. Mammoths: Multiple Choice Pictures
  7. Spelling for Names
  8. Nadiya Hussein: Short Answer Qs & Sentence Completion
  9. Farm: Map Completion
  10. Sports Festival:  Summary & Sentence Completion
  11. Fireworks: Sentence Completion 
  12. Sponsored Walk: Short Answer & Sentence Completion
  13. Listening for Addresses
  14. Listening for City Names
  15. Listening for Letters: Alphabet Practice
  16. Plastic Straws: Sentence Completion
  17. Brain Drain: Multiple Choice & Sentence Completion
  18. Numbers Practice
  19. New Year in Vietnam: Sentence Completion
  20. Dealing with Natural Disasters: Dictation Practice
  21. Buckingham Palace: Summary Completion 
  22. Taj Mahal:  Map Completion & Tips
  23. Big Numbers Practice
  24. Dinner Invitation: Multiple Choice
  25. London Attractions: Table Completion
  26. Dolphin Intelligence: Short Answer Questions & Section 4 Tips
  27. Dashford Study Center: Multiple Choice
  28. Festivals: Sentence Completion
  29. Bedford Surgery: Map Completion
  30. Oxford Summer Course:  Form Completion
  31. Terracotta Army: Summary Completion
  32. Sports Center: Short Answer Questions
  33. Comet Landing: Sentence Completion
  34. Species of the British Isles:  Table Completion
  35. Museum Visit: Multiple Choice
  36. My University: Sentence Completion
  37. Superbugs:  Short Answer Questions
  38. Autism: Sentence Completion


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