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IELTS Listening Diagrams Practice & Tips

Useful practice and tips for IELTS Listening Diagram Labelling Questions. IELTS listening diagrams can come in any section of the IELTS listening test. You will be presented with a visual diagram requiring you to either label parts of the diagram or complete notes in the diagram. It is important that you prepare for this type of IELTS listening question. Please note that the lessons below are not tests, they are practice lessons for IELTS listening diagrams.

Tips for IELTS Listening Diagram Labelling

  1. In your IELTS listening test, you can listen only once. There is no pause button.
  2. Different question types will have different instructions – pay attention to this! Word count!
  3. Read the questions carefully before listening. You will need to develop speed reading for this.
  4. Pay attention to keywords given in the diagram- they will help you find the answers.
  5. The information in the diagram will be presented in a logical order. Follow the order.
  6. Locate the question numbers on the diagram.
  7. The numbers will come in order in the listening test.
  8. Be ready for words to be paraphrased from the diagram.
  9. Note what kind of answer you are listening for: noun, verb, adj, number etc.
  10. When you check your answers for these lessons, always listen to the recording and read the transcript again for more practice.

IELTS Listening Practice: Mars Insight Probe

Read questions and review diagram before listening. Download pdf questions & diagram here: IELTS Listening Diagram Mars Probe

Questions 1 – 3

Complete the sentences using no more than one word and/or a number.

  1. The Insight probe will investigate Mars’ ………………
  2. The probe is currently situated near Mars’ …………..
  3. Scientists aim to learn about Mars’ composition from its core to its ………..

Questions 4 – 7

Complete the diagram below using no more than two words and/or numbers.

Diagram: Insight Lander

Source: Both diagram and article are from BBC NEWS

Answers & Transcript

Please click below to reveal vocabulary, transcript and answers:

VocabBuilder
  • plunge = dive, decent
  • vast = enormous
  • plain = large area of flat land without obstacles such as large rocks
  • core = centre
  • crust = hard outer layer of something
  • seismometer = an instrument that measures movement such as earthquakes
  • orbits = circles (vb)
  • pointers = clues
  • circular = round
  • deploy = move into position
Transcript
Use the transcript below to check your answers, make a note of useful tips and paraphrases and also improve your pronunciation by listening to the recording and reading the transcript at the same time.

The US space agency Nasa has landed a new robot on Mars, otherwise known as the Red Planet. after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface.,  The Insight probe aims to study the world’s deep interior, and make it the only planet – apart from Earth – that has been examined in this way. Insight is now sitting on a vast, flat plain, close to the Red Planet’s equator. This will be the first probe to dedicate its investigations to understanding Mars’ interior. Scientists want to know how the world is constructed – from its core to its crust.

Looking at the functions of the Insight probe shown on the diagram, we can see that at the top there is a robotic arm which places instruments such as the seismometer on the planet’s surface. Attached to the arm is an instrument monitoring camera. On the main body of the probe there are sensors for both temperature and wind as well as a rise antenna. This measures the movement of Mars’ North Pole as it orbits the sun giving pointers about the iron-rich centre of the planet and hopefully more information about the composition and size of the planet’s core. On either side of the main body of the probe are two large circular solar panels which were deployed immediately on landing to operate its systems and warm equipment in the sub-zero temperatures on the planet . To delve deep into the ground and measure the planet’s temperature, there is a heat flow probe that will penetrate to a depth of 5m or 16ft.

Answers
Answers have been written using all capital letters – this is recommended for both reading and listening answers.

  1. INTERIOR
  2. EQUATOR
  3. CRUST
  4. ROBOTIC ARM
  5. TEMPERATURE  WIND
    1. It is not necessary to use a comma – punctuation is not required in IELTS listening answers. Although using a comma is still acceptable.
    2. Writing the word “and” would make the answer incorrect for two reasons: 1) there is a word limit of max two words 2) the word “and” is already given in the diagram and cannot be part of the answer.
    3. Both words are necessary for one point. There are no half points.
  6. SOLAR PANELS
    1. You must have the “s” on panels or the answer will be marked wrong.
    2. You cannot write “circular solar panels” because that is three words and the limit is two words. Also the word “circular” is purely descriptive to help the reader identify the solar panels on the diagram – it is not a word that makes up the compound noun.
  7.   5   16
    1. You must have both numbers for one point. If one number is wrong, the whole answer is marked wrong.
    2. See above about using commas.
    3. You should not put “m” or “ft” or use brackets () with the numbers because that is already given on the diagram. Your task is to write down what is missing.
    4. Note that the instructions for questions 1-3 and the instructions for 4-7 are not the same. Please check them again about the limit for numbers written in answers.

 

All the best

Liz

For more listening lessons and tips, go to the RED BAR at the top of the website. You will also find practice lessons for labelling maps in IELTS listening.

Comments

  1. Hello, excuse me please. You said not more than one word, what about ‘Robotic arm’ ?

    • Which instructions are you referring to? Are you referring to instructions for questions 1-3 or for questions 4 – 7 ?? Did you notice there are two sets of instructions?

  2. Liesl Genis says:

    1.Deep interior
    2.equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. solar panels
    7. 5m/16ft

  3. 1. Deep Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5. Temp wind
    6. Solar Panels
    7. 5 16

  4. Hamza Amina says:

    1. Interior
    2. Planet Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature & wind
    6. Circular Solar Panel
    5m (16ft)

  5. 6/7

    Thank you Liz.

    My speaking was yesterday. LRW is Saturday

  6. 1.-
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. panel
    7 5 ; 16

  7. Akinboboye Catherine says:

    1.INTERIOR
    2.EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC ARM
    5.TEMPERATURE AND WIND
    6.LARGE CIRCULAR SOLAR PANEL
    7 5m, 16ft

  8. 1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4. robotic arms
    5.temperature,wind
    6 circular panel

  9. Babatunde Ige Kade says:

    1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature, wind
    6.north pole
    7.5,(16).

  10. Hiral Chaps says:

    1.INTERIOR
    2.EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC-ARM
    5.TEMPERATURE & WIND
    6.SOLAR PANEL
    7.5 16

  11. Interior
    Flat plane
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Temperature, wind
    Solar panels
    5,16.

  12. John Mshelia says:

    1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Arm
    5. Temperature, wind
    6. Solar panel
    7. 5m 16ft

  13. 1. Interior
    2.
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature,wind
    6.solar panel
    7. 5,16

  14. 1 interior
    2 equator
    3 crust
    4 robotic arm
    5 temperature wind
    6 circular panel
    7 5, 16

  15. SUNITA SHARMA says:

    1.(DEEP) INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4. ROBERTIC ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE , WIND
    6. (RISE) ANTENNA
    7. 5,16

  16. Interior
    planet equator
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Temperature and wind
    Rise Antenna
    5m or 16 ft

  17. muhyaldeen muhyaldeen says:

    Here is my answer

    1—-
    2—
    3 Crust
    4 Robortic arm
    5 Temperature & wind
    6 you mentioned three words in this part circular solar panel
    7 Five Meter 16

  18. Mohammed Faheem says:

    Thank you so much

  19. 1. Deep interior
    2 flat plane
    3 crust
    4 Robotic arm
    5 Temperature wind
    6. Solar panels
    7. 5m 16ft

  20. Vinayak Nilajkar says:

    Answers :
    1) INTERIOR
    2) EQUATOR
    3) CRUST
    4) ROBOTIC ARM
    5) TEMPERATURE AND WIND
    6) SOLAR PANELS
    7) 5m/ 16ft

    Thank you.

  21. Rahul Zayn says:

    1. Interior
    2.Equator
    3.Crust
    4.Robotic Arm
    5.Temperature, wind
    6.Solar Panels
    7.5,16

  22. Khin Latt Latt Mon says:

    1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature,wind
    6.solar panel
    7.5,16

  23. 1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature &wind
    6.solar panels
    7.5(16)

  24. ajna islam says:

    1.interior ;
    2. equator;
    3.crust;
    4.robotic arm;
    5 temperature, wind;
    6.solar panel;
    7. 5, 6

  25. Eberechukwu Mba says:

    1.Inferior
    2. Equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5. Temperature wind
    6. Solar panel

  26. 1. Dipetheria
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature and wind
    6. Solar panels
    7. 5, 16

  27. S Chit Chit Win says:

    1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature,wind
    6.circular solar panel
    7.5,16

  28. 1. Deep Interior
    2.Equator
    3.Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature/wind
    6.Solar panel
    7. 5,16

  29. Interior
    Equator
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Temperature wind
    Solar panels
    5 16

  30. 1. interior
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. circular panel
    7. 5,16

  31. Thanks and God bless you ma❤️

  32. 1.interior.
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature ,wind
    6.rise antenna
    7.5 (16)

  33. 1.Interior
    2.Equator
    3.Crust
    4.Robotic Arm
    5.Temperature;wind
    6.solar panels
    7.5/16

  34. Veronica Giorgione says:

    1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature/wind
    6. Solar panel
    7. 5, 16

  35. 1. Interior
    2.
    3. Cross
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Instrument Monetring camera
    Circular solar panel
    5m(16)ft

  36. 1. Red planet
    2. equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5. Temperature and wind
    6.Solar panels
    7. 5/16

  37. 1.DEEP INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC ARM
    5.TEMPERATURE, WIND
    6. SOLAR PANEL
    7. 5,16

  38. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5. Temperature/Wind
    6. Solar Panels
    7. 5m/16ft

  39. 1. interior
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. solar panels
    7 5 16

  40. 1.deep interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4. robertic arm
    5. temperature & arm
    6.circular panel
    7.5.16

  41. Khimly Grenian Magtuba says:

    1. INTERIOR
    2.EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE/ WIND
    6. SOLAR PANELS
    7. 5/ 16

  42. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. Antenna
    7. 5, 16

  43. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5. Temperature, Wind
    6. Circular Panel
    7. 7, 16

  44. Deep interior
    Equator
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Instrument monitoring camera
    Solar panels
    5,16

  45. Thrivikrama Rao says:

    1.INTERIOR
    2.EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC ARM
    5.TEMPERATURE, WIND
    6.SOLAR PANELS
    7. 5, 16

  46. Nhora Manalo says:

    1.interior
    2.equator
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature,wind
    6.solar panel
    7.5,16

  47. 1. Deep Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5. Temperature, wind
    6. Antenna, wind
    7. 5 (16)

  48. EMMANUEL AGEGE says:

    1. INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4. ROBOTIC ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE, WIND
    6. ANTENNA
    7. 5, 16

  49. 1. INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4. ROBOTIC ARM
    5. WIND, TEMPERATURE
    6. SOLAR PANELS
    7. 5,(16)

  50. 1.DEEP INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4. ROBOTI ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE,WIND
    6. CIRCULAR PANEL
    7. 5,16

  51. Jincy Ann Varghese says:

    Interior, Equator, Crust,Robotic Arm, Temperature and Wind, Circular Panels, 5m/16f

  52. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic Arm
    5.
    6. Antenna
    7. 5, 16

  53. 1. Deep interior 2. Equator 3. Crust 4. Robotic arm 5. Rise antenna 6. Circular panels 7. 5/16

  54. Hai Liz thanku very much I’m practicing listening through ur audios

  55. Mavis Kwarteng says:

    1.. Interior
    2…equator
    3…crust
    4….Robotic arm
    5….wind temperature
    6….solar panels
    7….5,16

  56. ROOPA DUNAGE says:

    1. (DEEP) INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4.ROBOTIC ARM
    5.TEMPERATURE, WIND
    6. (CIRCULAR) CELLO PANELS
    7. 5, 16

  57. Grace Prasanth says:

    1) Deep interia
    2) Equator
    3) crust
    4) Robotic arm
    5) temperature & wind
    6) solar panels
    7) 5, 16

  58. 1. Interior
    2.Equator
    3.Crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. Temperature , wind
    6.Rise Antenna
    7. 5,16

  59. Jaspreet singh says:

    1- interia
    2 equater
    3 crust
    4 robotic arm
    5 temperature , wind
    6 solar penals
    7- 5,16

  60. 1. interior
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature wind
    6. solar panels
    7. 5 ( 15 )

  61. ANKIT JOSHI says:

    1. INTERIOR.
    2. EQUATOR
    3.CRUST
    4 ROBOTIC ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE, WIND
    6. SOLAR PANEL
    7.5,16

  62. 1.Worldtreatment
    2.
    3.Crest.
    4.Robotic Arm.
    5.Temperature and Wind.
    6.Pannels.
    7.16feet.

  63. Sindhuja Alexander says:

    Hi Liz,

    Here are my answers

    1. interior
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temprature ,wind
    6. solar panels
    7. 5 or 16.

  64. Ayisha Usman says:

    1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature, wind
    6. Solar panels
    7. 5m (16ft)

  65. intetior
    equator
    crust
    robotic arm
    temperature, wind
    solar panel
    5, 16

  66. PRIYA CHADHA says:

    1. interior
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. solar panel
    7. 5, 16

  67. Yvette Lache says:

    1- Interior
    2-plain
    3-Crust
    4-Robotic arm
    5-temperature and wind
    6-Solar pannels
    7-5 (16)

  68. nestor paden says:

    1. Interior
    2. equator
    3. cross
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature wind
    6. panel
    7. 5

  69. 1. Interior
    2.
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature, wind
    6. Solar panels
    7. 5m, 16ft

  70. Surya George says:

    Interior
    Equator
    Crust
    Robotic-arm
    Temperature wind
    Solar-panel
    5 16

  71. Pavithra Doss says:

    I see questions 1 to 3 but the answer blanks as 4 to 7 , I am consfused

  72. Sivakumar K says:

    Thank you Liz
    My answers:

    1 surface
    2 equator
    3 discussed
    4 arm
    5 temperature, wind
    6 antenna
    7 2.5, 16

  73. 1. DEEP INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4.ROBOT ARM
    5
    6 Ventilator
    7 5m 16ft

  74. 1, interior
    2, equator
    3, crust
    4, robotic arm
    5, temperature, wind
    6, rise antenna
    7, 5m, 16ft

  75. 1. Red Planet
    2. Deep Interia
    3. Crust
    4. Rbotic arms
    5. tempratuer and wind
    6. pointers
    7. 16 fts

  76. Onisarotu Olajumoke says:

    1) planet 2)redplant equator 3)crost4)rebootharm 5( temperature & wind. 6)circular. 7)5m/16ft

  77. 1. Deep interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature and wind
    6. Circular cell panel
    7. 5M or 16FT

  78. Owolabi ifeoluwa Bunmi says:

    1.deep material
    2. Flat plane
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5.temperature and wind
    6. Rise antenna
    7. 5..16

  79. 1) deepen area
    2) equator
    3)crust
    4) Arm
    5) Temperature and weather
    6)solar panel
    7) 5 m 16 ft

  80. 1. Deep interior
    Flat plane
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Temperature and wind
    Solar panels
    5m(16)

  81. nivedita singh says:

    Hi Liz ,

    Please have a look whether my answer is correct for the above one .

    1) surface
    2)planet
    3)crust
    4)Robotic arms
    5)temperature wind
    6)2 solar panels
    7)5 16

  82. 1 Deep interior
    2 Equator
    3 Crust
    4 Robotic arm
    5 Temperature & Wind
    6 Circular panels
    7 5m 16ft

  83. 1. Area
    2.equator
    3.Crest
    4.Robotic arm
    5. Temperature, wind
    6.Soar panels
    7. 5,16

  84. 1. INTERIOR
    2. PLANE
    3. CRUST
    4 ROBOTIC ARM
    5 TEMPERATURE AND WIND
    6. CIRCULAR PANELS
    7 5 (16

  85. Santi Thomas says:

    1 interior
    2 equator
    3 crust
    4 Robotic arm
    5 Temperature
    wind
    6 Solar panels
    7 5 16

  86. Answers; 1.deep interior. 2.equitor. 3.crusts. 4.top area. 5.temperature&wind. 6.heating flow probe

  87. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature & Wind
    6. Solar panel
    7. 5m or 16ft

  88. 1.materia
    2.equator
    3.crest
    4.arm
    5.composition
    6.panels
    7.5,16

  89. Odirachukwu says:

    1. Interrior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature & Wind
    6. solar panels
    7. 5m (16ft)

  90. Interior
    Plane
    Crust
    Repotic arm
    Wind and temperature
    Solar-panel
    5 meters

  91. Abubakar Wahlan says:

    1. Interior.
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic
    5. Camera
    6. Antenna
    7. 5 meter, 16 feet.

  92. Deep interior
    Equater
    Crust
    Robotic arm
    Temperature wind
    Solar panels
    5 16

  93. 1)interior, 2) equator, 3) crust, 4)robotic arm,5) rise antenna, 6) solar panel, 7) 5.

  94. 1.INTERIOR
    2.EARTH
    3.CRUST
    4.ARMS
    5.TEMPERATURE
    6.PANELS
    7. 5 m,6 ft

  95. Jagdeep kaur says:

    1.equator
    2.interior
    3.crust
    4.robotic arm
    5.temperature,wind
    6.solar panel
    7.5m 16ft

  96. Chinwe Onyegegbu says:

    1. INTERIOR
    2. EQUATOR
    3. CRUST
    4. ROBOTIC ARM
    5. TEMPERATURE WIND
    6. SOLAR PANEL
    7. 5 16

  97. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your tips and questions on here, it has been helpful. These are my answers to your questions. 1: Deep interior.
    2: Equator.
    3: Crust.
    4: Robotic arm.
    5: Temperature , wind.
    6: Solar panel.
    5: 5m, 16ft.

  98. 1.Interior, 2.Planet ,3.Discuss ,4.Arm ,5.Temperature and wind ,6.circular solar panel
    7. 5 meter 16 feet

  99. Deep interior
    Equator
    Crust
    Robotic Arm
    Temprature and Heat sensors
    Solar panels
    15m(16) feet

  100. Nazish Ghaus says:

    1- interior
    2- equator
    3- core, crust
    4- robotic-arm
    5- camera
    6- 5, 16

  101. Preeti Mishra says:

    1:interior
    2:plain
    3:crust
    4:Robotic arm
    5:temperature& win
    6:Solar Panels
    7:5;16

  102. 1. Interior
    2. Equator
    3. Crust
    4. Robotic arm
    5. Temperature wind
    6. Solar panel
    7. 5 16

  103. 1. —-
    2. equator
    3. crust
    4. robotic arm
    5. temperature, wind
    6. circular panel
    7. 5, 16

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