IELTS Listening

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IELTS Listening is the listening skill component of the IELTS exam.

IELTS listening is the same whether the examinee is taking the General Training IELTS or Academic IELTS variant.

It consists of 40 questions, split into four sections, name section 1, section 2, section 3 and section 4.[1] The sections are designed to become increasingly difficult. The exam takes 30 minutes, plus an extra 10 minutes final allowance. Each question is worth one mark. The speakers will have a range of accents, and the test is only heard once.


  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.


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