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IELTS Listening Practice: Time

It is common to be asked to listen for a time in IELTS listening section 1. This lesson gives you practice in listening and writing down times.

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  1. Hi Liz,
    I have a small doubt regarding use of units such as g/kg/ km, am/pm, should there be a gap between the number and the unit?
    For example: is 9kg correct or 9 kg?

    I recently took a practice test and was marked wrong for writing 9am (the answer was 9 am).

    • There are no such rules in IELTS. 9am would be marked correct – a space is not required.

    • Akhil H Gada says:

      Hi Divya, just to correct your English, use “I have a small question”, instead of, “I have a small doubt”. It is a very common mistake that most of us Indians make (even I used to make in the past 🙂 ); ‘doubt’ in Hindi means “kisipar shak karnaa”, while question means “prashna”; so, “I have a small doubt” would mean, “Muje thodaasaa shak hai,” in Hindi, while, “I have a small question” would mean, “Muje ek chotasa savaal hai”. Best Wishes for your IELTS.

  2. Murala Sritej says:

    If there is half past six in audio of Listening how to answer this in the booklet?

    • A = three words – this is not always possible. Usually we write 6.30

      • you are still replying to comments to video from 2014 that so amazing ..thank you for your sharing your knowledge

      • Dear Liz,

        I hope you are doing well. I heard recently from some people that they have changed marking Criteria in ielts exams. For example, if you get 39/40 it is a score band 8 for GT. I am really worried as I cannot find any information online confirming this. Since I follow your blog and classes, I want to confirm with you. Kindly let us know and request you to upload any marking score sheet if you have please.

  3. Hi, i am confused about dates. In listening , we hear second of October but the answer in cambridge books says 2 October. Should’t it be 2nd October?

      • Thank you for your prompt response. I forgot to add the information concerning my question. I meant if we scored 38/40 in GT listening it’ll be a band score 8 for listening in ielts GT unlike the previous marking system, wherein scoring a 36/40 amounts to band score 8 in listening. Since you are the only teacher I follow and believe in, I blindly trust that you will update us in case of any changes in marking Criteria.

        Thank you,

        • If you are referring to listening scores – there is one listening test for all candidates and only one scoring for all candidates. GT candidates have the same listening test with the same scoring as Academic candidates for both listening and speaking.

  4. chandana says:

    Hi Mam,

    How can we write in numbers if the pronunciation is like “4 pounds 45” whether we can write it as 4.45 or 445?

    • You can’t write 445 because that means four hundred and forty five. You can write 4.45. You might or might not have to use the £ symbol depending on how the question is written.

  5. Hello Liz
    hope you’re fine
    I want to ask a question that if i write all answers in capital then how i would write any number e.g 9th or 9TH , 2nd or 2ND ?

  6. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for all your tips for the IELTS exam, I am planning to write all my answers in capital letters, all the letters should be in capital, right? not only the first letter in every word and same goes to reading exam as well, right?
    Best regards,

  7. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for free tutorials on IELTS. I came across below queries in listening can you please help to solve.

    Q. Work to call between ….. and ….. (Time to be mentioned in blanck)
    Query : Can we write 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. can we write and in between two blanks ?

    Thanks and Regards

  8. You are perfect as usual.

  9. Hi Liz,

    Which date format is correct ? From the below mentioned dates.

    July 15th 2017
    July 15 2017
    15th July 2017

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi Miss .. how can we explain minutes…..like time is 2:34
    Half past two and Four minutes …is it correct?

    • two minutes and thirty four seconds

      • Hello Ma’am
        Thank you for the videos.They are really helpful.i recently gave exam on 06 Jan 2018.could you please tell me how to write date of birth when criteria is to answer in two words/ and or a number.date of birth was 22 July 1985.

        • It is usually written 22/7/1985 (using slashes or dots). However, if you can write one word and numbers (plural), then it’s fine to write 22 July 1985

  11. Hi liz
    Can i write 8.00 for 8 (time)

  12. Hi Liz,

    For questions one word and/or a number, is 18 months a correct answer as it involves a word and a number?
    Please let me know.


  13. Hi Liz,
    I got 5/5.

  14. Dear Liz
    Could you please tell me how should I write a date on an answer sheet while i am using capital letters.
    23rd MARCH or
    23RD MARCH .
    Kindly reply and many thanks in advance.

  15. Alex Adams says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thanks very much for the videos. However, I can not watch the videos in my country. Can you change the videos to the text? Or add a transcript along with the video? Thanks very much. I came across the same issues in other parts of the courses supplied. Although some videos are accompanied with transcripts, there are also some videos without transcripts.

    Best wishes,

  16. pushkala says:

    Hi Liz

    In this time practice, which format is correct?
    1. 5.30
    2. 5:30 (with column) and
    is it necessary to mention am or pm ?

    Will we be marked wrong if we write 5.30 (using stop instead of 5:30?)

  17. I got all of them. Its normal. That’s how we say it over here in Nigeria.

  18. Hello dear Liz,
    Thanks a lot for your precious support.
    Are these notes correct : To = before / Past = after
    exple 1 : 5.20 : 5 to 20 / 20 past 5 / five.twenty
    exple 2 : 4.40 : 20 to 5 / 40 past 4 / four.forty
    Thank you again

    • There is no such thing as 5 to 20 in English. There is also no such thing as 40 past 4. I think you need to review how to tell the time in English. This is basic English – you must get it right before you do IELTS.

  19. Liz,

    thanks a lot for every thing.. 🙂 May God Bless you in every walk of life.


  20. thanks a lot !!

  21. Hi Liz

    I need your help in question no 2 of listening activity TEST 3 BOOK 6. The answer is given 27.1.1973 while instructions says ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER. I am confused that shall I have to write it 27 January only OR 27.1.1973? What should be the answer?

    Many thanks in advance

    • One number = 27 and one word = January. However, 27.1.1973 is actually one number only so this is a correct answer. It depends whether the answer requires the year or not.

    i want to know that just suppose if original answer is glass only but i have written down strong glass… will it consider right or wrong or even is there any chance to get .5? n vice versa that if answer is strong glass and i have written down glass only will i get marked or not? will wait for your response!!

  23. hi mam
    there is little bit confusion in pronunciation of third question . It is audible as 4.14 so am confusing .can u clarify it please.

  24. Hi thank you very much for your lessons.

  25. Hi Liz, Than k you for your lessons.

    I want to know if the the question is like (………. and………..). and answers are ”sun (and) sunny”

    How should i write in answer sheet….like 1) Sun, Sunny or 2) Sun and sunny or 3) Sun Sunny… Please advice.

    Also, Can i put the comma if need to choose two alphabets….. for example 1) B,D or 2) B and D or 3) B D

  26. Ramamohan dasari says:

    What should we write for true .. t or true?

  27. Janice says:

    Thank you Miss Liz!


  29. Hi Madam,

    Thanks for sharing the Essential Tips for IELTS.
    I have a difficulty to differentiate the time of 22:15 and 20 to 15 (ie, 14:40) when Listening Practice.

    Which one could be write answer.

  30. Dear Liz,
    I would like to know about writing the time and date value:
    1) I came across IELTS 8, section 2, question 11, the correct answer was 1.30 meanwhile I wrote 1:30. So in this case, is my answer still marked correct?
    2) IELTS 8, section 2, question 12, the correct answer was 12 December meanwhile I wrote 12th December. The instruction allowed “no more than two words and/or a number”. So is my answer still correct?
    I am longing to hear from you.
    Kind regards

      • Can’t find the web page you are referring to. Would greatly appreciate if you could answer a few questions:
        1. Should I write the abbreviated form for metrics? eg. When the listening recording says 9 kilometers, would the answer be 9 Kilometers or 9 Km or 9 Kms?
        2. When the recording says 7 in the evening, should my answer be 7 or 7.00 or 7pm or 7.00pm?
        3. When the recording says the 27th of January, should my answer be 27 Jan or 27th Jan or 27 January or 27th January or Jan 27?
        4. If the recording says 1876 A.D, should my answer be 1876 or 1876 A.D.

  31. ahmed alhadidy says:

    you’ve been very helpful liz,thank you 🙂

  32. Khristine Alaba says:

    Hi Liz!

    I started to watch your online practices/lessons yesterday in the evening.
    I find it very useful to me for I wilk be taking ielts this october.
    Thank you. It is a big help for me.


  33. Dear madam
    I was quite surprise two foreign examinar of british council taken my speaking test on different date in a gap of one month.one gave me 6.5 and other gave me 5.
    Why there is this big variation in score I doubt these is some mistake or would it depend on examinar to examinar mood .
    Pls suggest

    • It is due to the language you used during your test and your ability to develop answers. It is common to get different scores depending on topics, your performance and other factors. What is also shows is that you need to learn more about what the examiner is looking for in their questions so that you can achieve your maximum score more often.

  34. Hi Ma’am Liz,
    I am just little confused, These 2.20 and 2:20 are the same?

  35. Hi Liz,

    a couple of more questions I have doubts about.

    1. Do we need to put $ or Pounds sign in answer sheet all the time? What if they are already given on question paper, Ex. cost of tour $………………..
    In this case what would be the Answer? would it be $100 or just 100?

    2. For Time, which one is correct formate, AM or A.M.? also sometimes AM PM is already mentioned in the question, do we still need to put it on the answer sheet?

    Thank you for all your help! My exam is on 26th september in India.

  36. Hi Liz,

    I’m planning on writing all my answers in capital letters. what is there is something like 22nd, 14th, 1st? should I write 22ND, 14TH, 1ST?

    Please advise!

    Thank you!

  37. Hi Liz.
    Thanks a lot for the videos & tips.
    For question #5, Will it be right to answer 14:35 ??

    • It would be wrong because the answer was actually “a”. If it is multiple choice, your answer will be a letter.
      All the best

  38. Hi Liz,
    First of all, let me thank you for your wonderful video lesson on all areas of IELTS. Really, this site is the One stop solution for preparation. Please answer my following query.
    1. Listening Test: In which date format should we answer the question? Which of the following is correct & acceptable? Actually, In IDP workbook, I find answers in different format each time.
    E.g. 28TH AUG, AUG 28, 28 AUG OR anything?

    2. Reading Test: In Academic paragraph, for summary completion task, many a time answer is paraphrasing of the word from paragraph. How to effectively guess the target word?

    3. I am facing tough time with Match paragraph information question especially when there is question on Advertisement of Restaurant Or Entertainment club. Many a time I am confused between for than one option for answer. Can you please advice?

    • Question 1: any format. Question 2: you must have a good level and understand of English vocabulary to be good at paraphrasing. This is language test. If your English is good, you will be able to paraphrase. If your English is weak, you need to improve it before doing the test. Question 3: please see my tips on the reading information page.
      All the best

  39. All of them are correct! My lesson when i was elementary school. xoxo

  40. alonica says:

    Hi Ma’am Liz

    I got perfect!

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