Listening Practice: Big Numbers

Improve your listening skills with this listening practice with big numbers. It is common in all section of the IELTS listening test to be asked to listen and write down large numbers.

Listen to the recording and write down the numbers you hear.

There are 10 questions.

  1. 451
  2. 730
  3. 1,600
  4. 2,460
  5. 6,768
  6. 10,550
  7. 20,200
  8. 35,050
  9. 102,700
  10. 1,400,002



Listening for similar numbers: video tutorial

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  1. Sunny Chowdhury says:

    hello, in listening the question instruction is like “no more than two words and or a number”
    so what’s the correct answer – “seven miles” or “7 miles”

  2. Klint Gino Cutarra says:

    My result(s) – I got it all correct!

    Thanks Liz and more powers!

  3. really useful source… thank very much you for moderators

  4. syamnadh says:

    Hi Liz madam,
    Thank u for ur practice lessons and the valuable comments on the queries. Both sounds informative and practical. God bless u

  5. Thank you very much for these practices!

  6. if there is $____________ in listening. Can we write “920 DOLLARS” in answer? if there are 2 words allow in given direction.

  7. Very good practice. Thank you.

  8. Hi, Liz, I have big problems with big numbers, please add more practises …..

  9. Hi Liz,

    thanks for these free lessons. I am still not sure about in/correct answers in the case of numbers. Thanks to your lessons here, I found out that you use commas in numbers in the UK.. So is it mistake if I write 12 000 instead of 12,000?

    Thank you in advance

    • Commas are used in numbers in the UK. It helps the reader understand the number more easily. You can still get the point correct if you omit the comma but using the comma is easier for the person marking your test.

  10. Thanks for your priceless effort which you are doing , please I have confusion about these last two writing , please can you explain how to write them from listing into words .

    • What do you mean about the “last two writing”? I also don’t understand “from listing into words”. When you post, you’ll need to give me all the information relating to your concern so I can understand fully.

      • Hi Liz ,
        Sorry for the inconvenience , actually your video of understanding Big numbers the last number nine and ten which are in numbers and I don’t know how they are written and my question is how these numbers to be written from the words which you pronounce .
        Again sorry plz

  11. Fanoulis says:

    Hi Liz! I would like to ask you something about writing. At my recent IELTS exam I had to describe a picture regarding the production of chipboards and furniture. I made a good use of cohesive devices, I used passive voice and i described 90% of the process appropriately. However, I made one mistake. During this 10step procedure, one step was named mould. I did not know what does it mean and therefore I misenterpreted the procedure and its outcome between the steps 8 and 9. Afterwards, I finished the description appropriately. I would like to ask how many points am I going to lose? Will I get heavily penalised? I apologise for the lengthy message! I am really interested in your opinion!.
    Thank you Liz!

    • The most important part of your writing task 1 is the overview which contains the key features well chosen. The detail of just one step is only small aspect of the body paragraphs. Of course, it will affect your score, in terms of “Task Achievement”, but it will only affect it in a minimal way because the overview will ensure that your score doesn’t fall too far. For the other criteria (75% of your marks), you could still do very well. So, all in all, if your Task Achievement falls to band 6 or 6.5, you could still get over 7 overall by doing well in the other criteria.
      Good luck!!

      • Thank you Liz! I hope so! Also, I have written a small paragraph with some relevant comments. Have a nice evening and enjoy the weekend!

  12. Theofanis says:

    Hi again Liz,
    I would like to ask something last. I have written at the first part of the listening test 232,50 pounds instead of 232,5 pounds. Will I be penalised? 🙂
    Thank you very much,
    Best regards,

    • You would be penalised probably because you failed to use a full stop. The answer should be 232.50. Don’t use commas. If it is written in pounds, you would need the 0 at the end.
      All the best

      • Theofanis says:

        Oh dear 🙁 The reason is that in Greece for such amounts we use commas and not fullstops even for pounds! We don’t use fullstop for any amount. Is there a possibility that they will accept it as an international alternative? Moreover, the British Council said that punctuation is ignored for Reading and Listening Tests! What is your opinion?
        Thank you Liz!

        • It won’t be ignored when it alters the meaning of a number. Make sure you use full stops when giving currency or decimals.
          All the best

          • Theofanis says:

            And something last! The phrase All Standard alternatives for numbers, dates and currencies are acceptable, is at every IELTS book. Does my case belong to this?
            All the best for your site,
            Thank you!

            • We use commas to divide groups of three numbers, for example, 150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand) and 1,000,1000 (on million, one thousand) but we use full stops for decimals, such as 0.56 (zero point five six). You can see that the comma changes the meaning completely. I wouldn’t advise that you take a chance using European punctuation for numbers. But it’s your choice.

              • Theofanis says:

                I really appreciate your help Liz! And for the number twelve thousand we use 12.000 or 12,000? I apologise if I annoyed but I dont want to lose the approval for my licence for such mistakes!
                Thank you!

                • Don’t worry, I’m glad you are asking. These questions are important. To write the number twelve thousand, we write 12,000 in the UK. This is one of the main differences between UK writing and European writing. We only use the full stop for decimals or currencies, for example two pounds and twenty pence = £2.20. If you write one thousand pounds and fifty pence as a number, you write £1,000.50.
                  All the best

  13. Theofanis says:

    Hi Liz,
    I Would like to know if I will be penalized for the following case. At my listening test there was a gap completion exercise with two words and/or a number limitation. I listened during the conversation the phrase <>, At the gap I have written four decades instead of 4 decades. Is that correct? What is your opinion?
    Thank you very much,
    Best Regards,

    • That sounds fine. You can write either a word or a number as long as it is within the word limit which your answer is. Good luck with your results 🙂
      All the best

  14. hi

  15. First of all, thank you very much for your help. I’m preparing for my IELTS test, and I have found some doubts with listening answers. I means, how flexible are the answers to be considered correct? For example, “the last 40″ or ” last four decades” are both correct?

    • Hi,

      There is some flexibility but it does depend on the type of question and the type of answer. So, you can get a right answer for 1 minute or 1 min. But it also depends if the answer is a sentence completion because then the answer is part of a sentence rather than just a note. Your example of “the last 40′” and “the last 40 decades” – the first option would be wrong. You would need to write the last word fully for a correct answer. Whenever you are in doubt always choose the full word.
      All the best

      • Yesss, you’re right , I saw my mistake, depends if it is part of a sentence rather than just a note. Since now, I will print the test in order to see clearly what I’m doing. Thank you for your time, I really appreciate your dedication.

  16. Hi madam,
    I use to get confuse whenever directions questions has come in listening part so please could you help us in this particular task .

    • Hi,

      Listening for maps can be particularly difficult. I will certainly put this lesson on a list of videos to make.

  17. Md. Alamgir Hossain says:

    Hi Liz;
    I have a question for you. Is spelling matter for Listening section?

    Thanks in advance!


    • Hi,

      Yes, it is. If your spelling is wrong, the answer is marked incorrect. Luckily, you have 10 mins to transfer your answers to the answer sheet after the audio has finished and that’s the best time to check your spelling. You won’t have time to think about spelling while you listen, so do it when you transfer your answers.

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  19. Hi liz,

    Thank you very Much for all things that you have done to help us. You are so kind and I appreciate it.

    Best wishes,

  20. Thank you, could you please send us more practice on numbers?

    • Hi,

      Yes, I will. I plan to make quite a few more because it’s something that students need lots of practice with and can easily improve on. Hopefully I’ll put up another soon.

  21. Diyorbek Hayitmurodov says:

    That’s what I was intending to email you… Thank you !

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