# Listening Practice: Big Numbers

Improve your listening skills with this listening practice with big numbers. It is common in all section of the IELTS listening test to be asked to listen and write down large numbers.

Listen to the recording and write down the numbers you hear.

There are 10 questions.

1. 451
2. 730
3. 1,600
4. 2,460
5. 6,768
6. 10,550
7. 20,200
8. 35,050
9. 102,700
10. 1,400,002

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Thanks Liz, in writing numbers is the comma necesaary? Would your answer be marked wrong if you didnt put comma?

• Liz says

It is not wrong to miss the comma. But commas are used to help the reader see big numbers more easily – it’s good to use them.

2. Zubair Qaiser says

Thank you so much. I am Zubair from Pakistan. I found this site and your teachings really helpful in my IELTS test preparations.
God bless You
Respect from Pakistan.

3. Garima Verma says

Hey Liza, your tutorials are really beneficial.I have a question to ask to you.Suppose the answer of any question is 98 and the word limit is two words and/or a number.Please let me know if “Ninety-eight” will be counted as one word or not.

• Liz says

In listening, it will always say what the limit is for numbers: “one word and/or a number” or “one word and/or numbers”. Just read the instructions. “98” counts as one number.

• Ricky says

Hi Liza ,What if i write 1600 and not 1,600 .Thanks a lot!

• Liz says

We use a comma in numbers to help the reader see how many zeros there are – it is best to use commas. But it is not wrong to miss them out.

4. GTShree says

Hello Liz,

Hope you have recovered and in good health now. Please take good care of your health. I have started reading nook and corner or your website since I posted my first question. The comments/FAQ and your replies to them are fabulous and very much helpful for anyone who is preparing for IELTS.

As I was trying to cover your listening practice today I observed from one of your comments that currency should accompany with a fullstop. Please advice if I understood your comments incorrectly. Should I always complete the currency with a fullstop though it doesnot fall at the end of the statement.

For ex: \$500.
: Rs.100.
: 1000 Euros.

Secondly, just incase if the currency symbol is not given in the listening question and if I hear 2000 Dollars, how should I interpret them in my answer sheet(when no more than one word and/or a number). For example
2000\$/\$2000/2000 Dollars. I am sorry to ask, I am not much familiar on whether the symbols needs to be prefixed or suffixed.

Awaiting for your valuable suggestions.

Regards
GTShree

• Liz says

You don’t need the dot. But if you use it, it isn’t a problem. Usually the currency symbol is at the start.

• GTShree says

5. mandy says

thank you, Liz, for providing your material for free and helping everyone to pass their test. I have one question how to pronounce in decimal numbers in British pronunciation like 0.76? etc I always get them wrong because in my language its different. thanks again

• Liz says

It might be : zero point seven six OR oh point seven six

6. Vimal Kamothi says

Hi Liz,

If there is currency icon given in the question paper, do we need to have the currency icon in our answer or just the cost in number ?
example the cost :- £…….

Regards,
Vimal Kamothi

• Liz says

Your task is to write what is missing. Is the currency symbol missing?

7. Sunny Chowdhury says

hello, in listening the question instruction is like “no more than two words and or a number”
so what’s the correct answer – “seven miles” or “7 miles”

• Liz says

Both would be fine.

8. Klint Gino Cutarra says

My result(s) – I got it all correct!

Thanks Liz and more powers!

9. Bakhrom says

really useful source… thank very much you for moderators

• hatem says

really very good site

• Akhil H Gada says

Liz is the sole moderator of this website 🙂

Thank u for ur practice lessons and the valuable comments on the queries. Both sounds informative and practical. God bless u

11. Davide says

Thank you very much for these practices!

12. Numan says

if there is \$____________ in listening. Can we write “920 DOLLARS” in answer? if there are 2 words allow in given direction.

• Liz says
• Muhammad Zubair says

we write only 920 because for dollar we have already given a sign

13. Dao Vu says

Very good practice. Thank you.

• Liz says

You’re welcome 🙂

14. Bonu says

Hi, Liz, I have big problems with big numbers, please add more practises …..

15. Jitka says

Hi Liz,

thanks for these free lessons. I am still not sure about in/correct answers in the case of numbers. Thanks to your lessons here, I found out that you use commas in numbers in the UK.. So is it mistake if I write 12 000 instead of 12,000?

Thank you in advance

• Liz says

Commas are used in numbers in the UK. It helps the reader understand the number more easily. You can still get the point correct if you omit the comma but using the comma is easier for the person marking your test.
Liz

• Muhammad Zubair says