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IELTS Listening Tips, Lessons and Videos

IELTS listening tips and practice lessons for success in your IELTS listening test. Develop your skills, learn about the test, get useful tips and much more. This page has everything you need to do well in your test.

On this page, you will find:

  • IELTS Listening Test Information
  • IELTS Listening Essential Tips Video
  • Extra IELTS Listening Videos
  • Practice Listening Lessons for IELTS Preparation

Information and tips for the other sections of the test, can be accessed through the RED BAR at the top of the website.

IELTS Listening Test Information

There is only one listening test for all IELTS candidates. That means Academic and GT candidates will take the same listening test with the same scoring.

  1. The IELTS listening test lasted for a total of 40 mins.
  2. The IELTS listening recording will last for 30 mins.
  3. You must listen and write your answers on the questions paper at the same time.
  4. After the recording ends, you will be given an extra 10 mins to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.
  5. For the computer delivered IELTS listening test, your answers do not need to be transferred, so you are instead given 2 mins for checking answers.
  6. For each set of questions there will be a word count limit – you need to pay close attention to the limit and how it changes for the next set of questions.
    1. For example: write no more than two words and/or a number – you can write one word, two words OR a combination of one or two words with a number OR just a number on its own. Always notice if it allows “a number” or “numbers”.
    2. You can learn how words are counted for IELTS listening on this page: Counting Words
  7. You will have time to read the questions before the recording starts.
  8. If the word is spelled wrong, it will be marked wrong.
  9. To see the listening scores, click here: IELTS Band Scores.
  10. For more test information, see this page: IELTS FAQ

IELTS Listening Tips

Essential tips for success in your IELTS listening test. A MUST watch for all IELTS students.

Notice about Using capital letters: this tip has been updated and listed on this page: 25 Essential Tips Listed for Listening

To get a list of tips from this video, please visit this page: 25 Listening Tips

IELTS Listening Free Video Lessons

Free Video Lessons for IELTS listening with both practice lessons and tips. More videos will be added over time.

IELTS Listening Practice Lessons

Some practice listening exercises to help you develop the skills needed for IELTS listening. The lessons vary in level to give all students a chance to practise. I’ve listed the type of listening question with each lesson to help you focus on different IELTS question types. I hope you find my lessons useful 🙂

  1. The Future of Libraries: Sentence Completion
  2. Listening for Diagrams Practice & Tips
  3. Blue Footed Birds: Gap Fill
  4. Mammoths: Multiple Choice Pictures
  5. Spelling for Names
  6. Nadiya Hussein: Short Answer Qs & Sentence Completion
  7. Sports Festival:  Summary & Sentence Completion
  8. Fireworks: Sentence Completion 
  9. Listening for Addresses
  10. Listening for City Names
  11. Listening for Letters: Alphabet Practice
  12. Brain Drain: Multiple Choice & Sentence Completion
  13. Numbers Practice
  14. New Year in Vietnam: Sentence Completion
  15. Dealing with Natural Disasters: Dictation Practice
  16. Buckingham Palace: Summary Completion 
  17. Taj Mahal:  Map Completion & Tips
  18. Big Numbers Practice
  19. Dinner Invitation: Multiple Choice
  20. London Attractions: Table Completion
  21. Dolphin Intelligence: Short Answer Questions & Section 4 Tips
  22. Dashford Study Center: Multiple Choice
  23. Festivals: Sentence Completion
  24. Bedford Surgery: Map Completion
  25. Oxford Summer Course:  Form Completion
  26. Terracotta Army: Summary Completion
  27. Sports Center: Short Answer Questions
  28. Comet Landing: Sentence Completion
  29. Species of the British Isles:  Table Completion
  30. Museum Visit: Multiple Choice
  31. Reading City Travel:  Short Answer Questions

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