IELTS Listening Practice: Picture Multiple Choice

This lesson is a picture multiple choice. It is one of the most difficult types of listening questions in your IELTS listening test. This particular listening lesson is similar to the type of question you might get in Section 4 – the most difficult section in the test.

The listening practice below is mainly aimed at students who are band score 7 and above.  For students under band score 7, you can use this listening exercise to improve your vocabulary and listening technique when I post the answers tomorrow. Now prepare both question and picture options before listening and answering the question.


1. Which type of mammoth is this lecture going to focus on? Choose the correct letter, A-C.

mammoth picture

 Picture from Sunday Times Magazine, 20/04/2014.

Answers and Vocabulary

Please click below to reveal vocabulary, transcript and answers:


mammoth = prehistoric animal now extinct similar in shape to an elephant
physiology = make-up / structure
prominent = major / outstanding
parts of an elephant and mammoth = tusks, trunk, large ears
huge / colossal = enormous / extremely large

There is evidence of much change and development in the mammoth. We can see the Ambelodon 20 million years ago, the Stegodon 12 million years ago and finally the Stegotetrabelodon which existed somewhere between 7.5 to 4.5 million years ago. There seem to have been a number of changes in the physiology of the mammoth, the most prominent were in the height, the size of the ears and the shape of the head and tusks. Today, I’m going to be focusing, on the one most of us associate with the ‘so-called’ classic shape and size of a mammoth and which is most known for its huge curving tusks and colossal size.
‘Today, I’m going to be focusing on….. which is most known for its huge curving tusks and colossal size.’



  1. krishna says:

    thank u maam
    you are doing a great job.
    It’s really being helpful for me.

  2. I used Liz`s lesson and for the first attemp I got band 7

  3. Thanku mam..for your usefull lessons..

  4. I got B.
    Thank you

  5. B

  6. Fatin Alsaady says:

    No audio 😞

  7. What happens about the audios in soundcloud?

  8. B

  9. INI-IMA says:


  10. INI-IMA says:


  11. Hashem Yahya says:


  12. Klint Gino Cutarra says:

    Stegodon I got you!

    Thanks Liz and more powers!

  13. Keruthiga says:

    Hi Liz,
    Your way of teaching is very interesing and useful. I just started preparing for IELTS Listening part. Could you please help me to find more and more practise test in your site

  14. Aparajita says:

    I found this test super easy. 🙂

  15. I so sad because I only make 2-4 mistakes in the fourth section of listening but I do a lot of error in the first and second section which is regarded as the easiest part of IELTS 🙁

    • Keep practising – it will get easier. Also write down lists of common paraphrases from all the exercises.

  16. Tayyab awan says:

    Is Stegodon the answer Mam

  17. Dear Liz,
    I am glad to reaching your website. Your videos and tips are most helpful for me. I am taking exam On mid of November for target band score 7.. Started practicing for IELTS couple of days ago..

  18. Dear Liz,

    I’m very happy because I found your website. I have registered for IELTS without knowing how is the structure of the test. However, with your website I realized that the test isn’t easily as I thought, despite that, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge practicing and reading all your posts . It would be my first IELTS test on May, if I don’t get the necessary score that is needed for my plans, I wish I do it better next time.

    I will be practicing in your website until the date of the test.

    Thank you so much for helping all of us to succeed

  19. These lessons are really the most useful lessons I’ve ever had. Many thanks Liz.

  20. Hello dear Liz
    I am so grateful to you for your considerably useful lessons.
    I have a problem regarding ” listening test.”
    I get confused meanwhile the listening so I lose marks.
    What can I do to improve my concentration?

  21. Joseph James Lucenio says:

    Hi liz,

    Good day!

    I am following most of your Listening Practice since it is the area of IELTS test I am experiencing difficulties, especially the multiple choice. Can i ask more listening practice video? It would be very helpful to me.. thank you for sharing your ideas. 🙂

  22. Can u send some more multiple choice practice tests.

  23. Hi Liz,
    I ve just discovered your useful link. I had my IELTS examination one month ago and my overall score was 7. Unfortunately I have to pass it once more since I need 7 in each component. I had 7.5 in reading, 7.5 in speaking, 7 in writing and 6.5 in listening. I need it in order to register as a family physician in Canada. I m really worried and I would like to ask for your help as I really need to succeed this time. I ll go through your practice tests. But are they for the academic module too? Your tips I instill me courage and useful knowledge. Thank you so much!

    • All listening, reading, writing task 2 and speaking lessons are suitable for students taking both tests. The lessons are mostly at the academic level but all students can benefit from learning the necessary exam skills. The key to listening is having a clear strategy for each type of question, being able to spot paraphrases, knowing common traps and being able to follow the order of information given so you don’t lose your place in the audio. Hopefully the lessons on my blog will help as well as the videos. Also, make sure you are practicing the IELTS Cambridge books 1 to 10.
      All the best

  24. love you so much!!!

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