IELTS Listening Overview
There are six different question types in IELTS listening. And on test day, it can get pretty intense because you only get one chance. In this blog, I’m gonna take you through everything you need to know. Okay, before we go through all the different listening question types and whether or not you can write your answers in capital letters, let’s just recap the basics. So in IELTS listening, you’ll get 30 minutes to complete 40 questions. There are four sections. Each section has ten questions, and as I mentioned, there are six different question types.
All right, let’s take a look at each of those different sections. In IELTS Listening section one, you’ll hear two people speaking in an everyday social context. For example, maybe you’ll hear two people talking about travel arrangements or purchasing clothes or booking a hotel. In section two, you’ll hear a single person, one person speaking in an everyday social context. For example, you might hear one person talking about a new sports facility, or a Park Ranger talking about a camping ground, or a person talking about career development. In section three, you’ll hear two or three people having a conversation in an educational context. So, for example, you might hear two students talking about an assignment. And perhaps you’ll hear the professor as well. Or maybe they’ll be talking about giving an oral presentation. In section four, you’ll hear one person speaking on an academic topic. For example, maybe he or she will talk about architecture or biology or technology. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert in any of these academic topics. However, by section four, the vocabulary is definitely getting a little more complex.
Okay, I’ve got a few more things to talk to you about. So some important details are you only hear the recordings once. You’ll also hear a range of accents British, American, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand accents. The good news is it’s unnatural. It’s kind of fake, which means that it’s clear it’s not like normal spoken English. And if you’re taking the paperbased test, you’ll have ten minutes to transfer your answers. What does this mean? What I mean by that is, you will write your answers directly onto the question booklet during the test, and then you’ll get ten minutes at the end to transfer your answers from the question booklet to the answer sheet. So make sure you transfer those answers carefully. Now, if you’re taking the computer delivered test, it’s a lot simpler because you’ll actually just complete the answers as you go. You will get two minutes at the end to check your answers, but there’s really not much you can do because, again, you only hear that audio once.
So in IELTS listening, what are they actually testing you for? Well, in IELTS listening, you need to listen for main ideas, detailed information, opinions, attitudes, the purpose of what’s being said, as well as the development of ideas.
In terms of scoring, if you’re aiming for an IELTS six, you’ll need to get at least 23 correct answers out of 40. and if you’re aiming for an IELTS eight, you’ll need to get at least 35 questions right out of 40.
This is all for now in the overview section. Check this space next month for my upcoming blog where I will be talking about different question types in IELTS Listening.
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