IELTS Listening Practice: Nadiya Hussain

This IELTS listening practice exercise is about a woman called Nadiya Hussain. It contains both short answer questions and sentence completion questions.  You can find more useful links for listening and vocabulary at the bottom of the page.

Tips: As you will hear this only once, make notes. In the IELTS test, you can make notes all over your question paper. It might help you find an answer that you have missed.

You can find more IELTS tips for each part of the test at the bottom of the page.


Read the questions from 1 to 5 before listening to the audio. Play the audio only once. In IELTS, you will hear the recording only once so get used to practising. When you finish listening, make a note of common paraphrases.

IELTS Listening Practice

Questions 1 – 2

Write no more than one word and/or number.

  1. How many children does Nadiya have?
  2. In what year did she enter The Great British Bake Off?

Questions 3 – 5

Write no more than two words and/or a number.

   3. She was launched into her career by winning a UK ………………………….

   4. The BCC documentary followed her around Bangladesh on a ……….. tour.

   5. She also writes as a ……………… for the Times magazine.

IELTS Listening Recording


Answers and Transcript

Click below to open the answers and see the transcript.

  1. 3 (three)
  2. 2015
  3. baking competition
  4. culinary
  5. columnist

Nadiya Hussain was born into a British Bangladeshi family in the south of England. Both a wife and mother of three, she entered The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Her ability to produce amazingly creative, tasty bakes earned her the title of Champion in the biggest baking competition in the UK. This launched her career. Later, she was asked to bake a cake for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. And then she went on to film the Chronicles of Nadiya, a BBC documentary of her culinary journey around Bangladesh. She is also a columnist for the Times magazine presenting mouth watering recipes for baking.


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  1. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all you videos and tips.

    Actually, I was practising IELTS from Cambridge Books. The listening exams there are slower than the listening exercises here. I would like to ask, in IELTS, which speed is more suitable ?


  2. Should the no. 5 answer be ” column” and not ” columnist” ?

  3. Biswajeet says:

    Hi Liz,

    Your videos and tips really helped me. But I still get confused sometimes with British accent. (I have an IT job with mostly US clients so not very familiar with British accent.) What can I do to improve.

    Thanks! 🙂

  4. You’re speaking so fast!. Even faster than section4 in listening test!

  5. if que is fill the gapes and there are two gapes to file in single que for 1 mark
    Ex ________ and ________ is necessity to alive.

    which one is correct to write in the exam
    food and water
    food, water
    food water

  6. Hi Liz,

    I wanted to tell you about a very funny coincidence. I was watching this baking competition on Netflix just before attempting these practice tests. I am only on episode 5 of the series, but inadvertently came to know the winner through your website. You should have a “spoiler alert” warning at the top of the page!

    I am just kidding. Your website and YouTube videos have been extremely helpful to me, so thank you very much.


  7. Eduardo A. Santana Severino says:

    Hi Liz.

    Thank you very much for all these information you post on this blog. Bless.

    I have heard some of last past record of listening test and all of this seems coming from same countries, like Australia, New Zealand and others from Britain.

    So the majority of these accents are Britain and Australian.

    No one is American.

    So for one like me, even though I understand fully American English is too hard to understand at first sign the record above.

    Some advice?

    And could you please specify the origin of the accent used in record above?

    London, perhaps?

    • All listening exercises on my website have been recorded by me – I’m an international Brit. Most accents in IELTS are British or Australian but it is possible to get a range of accents – so always be prepared. Listen to international news channels and watch documentaries from various English speaking countries as well as doing plenty of practice tests.

  8. why “bake competition” while the instruction is no more than one word? could you explain it to me please?

  9. Dear mam,
    I can’t understand “she went to the Great British Bake Off” and “she went on to film the Chronicles of Nadiya”. What do the words “went to” and “went on” mean?
    Thank you very much!

  10. Ivar Has says:

    hello mam,
    In listening practice, i have found the way of keeping brackets.
    For instance, 9.30 (am) , (right) balance , (the) 20th century
    Dark(ness) to light(ness)
    PLZ let me know the meaning of keeping so. Are brackets counted.

    • You do not use brackets in your listening test – NEVER. The brackets in the answer sheet show optional answers.

  11. Biborno Projapoti says:

    I am not able to find the listening practice for alphabets which I found on your website a few days ago.. Please can you give me the link?

  12. Adrian Dsouza says:

    I would like to thank you Ms. Liz for helping us out with such vast notes and videos, I have been going thru them regularily to help me prepare with IELTS. Cheers and God Bless !

  13. Hi Liz!I dont know what “Both a wife and mother of three” means.Could you explain to me,that would be helpful 😀

    • It means she is a wife and also has three children. It can be written as “wife and mother of three” – a mother of three children. We miss the word “children” because it is understood by native speakers without that word.

  14. Hi Liz
    I want to ask you about Q 4 and Q 5

    I wrote (culinary journey )
    and ( a columnist )
    that is correct? ??

    • Both your answers would be marked wrong. The word “tour” means “journey” and it is already given in the sentence so you can’t repeat it. The article “a” is also given in the sentence for the next question and so your answer would be wrong by repeating it. See the video on the main listening page to learn more.

  15. Kuljeet Kaur says:

    Hi Liz
    Your way of teaching is really good.The tips given by you helped me to score 6 each.
    May God bless you.

  16. It is nice conversation, it added to me a lot of synonyms


  17. i Liz the instruction was to write once word, so i wrote competition. so why is the answer baking competition.

  18. The 3rd answer I wrote cake champion will it be correct?? And the remaining 4 and 5 I’m not familiar with those words so I didn’t wrote any answer for those.😑😐

  19. Hi
    I have trouble playing the record, is it only for me that is not playing?

  20. Hi Liz
    Thanks for your helping
    I would like to knou if you have a onlin course?

  21. Absolutely helpful. Thanks a lot

  22. Hi Liz,
    In question 3 I wrote “baking contest”. Do you think the answer would be correct?

  23. Hi Liz how r u , I get my result I got 6 each thank u so much . All your tips are very helpful for students . Thank u sooooo much

  24. I wrote UK champion. Is that ok?

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