IELTS Listening Overview and Tips

We previously looked at the format of the IELTS exam at an earlier post, now it’s time to take a deeper look into the different sections of the IELTS exam. Click on the link to learn more about the IELTS reading section.

IELTS Listening Overview

The IELTS listening section will take about 30 minutes to complete including 10 minutes transfer time. The listening section has 40 questions.

There are four different parts in the IELTS listening section.

Part I: Conversation between two people in an everyday environment
Part II: A monologue set in an everyday social environment (a monologue is one person speaking)
Part III: A group conversation with up to four people in an educational environment.
Part IIII: A monologue in an academic environment

Each of these sections is only available to listen to once. Your score out of 40 questions will be converted to IELTS 9-band scale. You will receive 1 mark for each correct answer.

IELTS Listening Tips

• Remember that you will only be able to hear the recordings once
• Make sure to double check your spelling and grammar
• Always read the questions before listening to the recording
• Write your answers with a pencil
• Be aware of the word limit
• Stay calm and do not rush through when submitting your answers