IELTS Listening

  • The IELTS listening test measures your ability to listen to and understand the English language used in a variety of situations.

    To get a good score in the IELTS listening test you need to be able to understand English that you hear. However, to get the score that best represents your ability you should also be very familiar with the format of the IELTS listening test.

  • IELTS Listening

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IELTS MOOC Listening

We understand that the only way to improve your listening skills is to listen. In each listening IELTS lesson you will hear audio recordings that are similar to the recordings you will hear in the IELTS listening test. This will give you the practice that you need to improve your listening skills and become familiar with the format of the IELTS listening test.

We will also help you understand different approaches to each part of the IELTS listening test to enable you achieve the score that best reflects your true listening ability.

We also understand that having a wide vocabulary is very important for success in the IELTS listening test. Our lessons are divided into subject areas that expose you to a variety of vocabulary in topics that often occur in the IELTS listening test.

IELTS Listening Test Format

The IELTS listening test last for about 30 minutes. There are four sections to the IELTS listening test. In the first section you will listen to a conversation between between two people in a real life situation. In the second section you will listen to one person talk about an everyday topic. In the third section you will listen to a group conversation about an academic topic. In the fourth section you will listen to one person speaking, such as in a university lecture, about an academic topic.

When you take the listening IELTS test you will be given a QUESTION SHEET and an ANSWER SHEET. During the test you should write your answers down on the question sheet. At the end of the test you have 10 minutes in which to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. When you write your answers down on the answer sheet you must pay attention to spelling, punctuation, and grammar. If you make grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors on the answer sheet, your answer will be marked incorrect.

How is the Listening test scored?

The IELTS listening test is scored out of 40. Each section has approximately 10 questions, each worth one point. Your band score is calculated according to how many questions you answer correctly on the following scale:

Band Scale

These are approximate scores and may vary slightly depending on the difficulty of the test.

Bringing it all together

In this final section, we are going to explore how practising your listening can help with all of your English skills and result in improved IELTS test scores in the IELTS Listening section, IELTS Reading section, IELTS Speaking section, and IELTS Writing section.

It is important to remember that the language we use when speaking is different to the language we use when writing. Spoken language is more informal, more direct, and less structured.

Like reading, when you listen to spoken English, you are exposed to new vocabulary, new ideas, and new grammatical structures which can then be used when speaking and writing and improve your IELTS scores. However, unlike reading, listening to spoken English, gives you the opportunity to hear how words are pronounced, how intonation is used, and common idioms and slang phrases. As a result, you will understand a wider range of informal English and be able to pronounce words and use intonation to communicate more clearly.

This will help your IELTS Speaking score to improve while giving you more exposure to the concepts and language that may come up in the IELTS Reading section, IELTS Writing section, and the IELTS Listening section itself.

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