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.

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  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[/expand]



Listening for similar numbers: video tutorial


  1. Zubair Qaiser says

    Thank you so much. I am Zubair from Pakistan. I found this site and your teachings really helpful in my IELTS test preparations.
    God bless You
    Respect from Pakistan.

  2. Garima Verma says

    Hey Liza, your tutorials are really beneficial.I have a question to ask to you.Suppose the answer of any question is 98 and the word limit is two words and/or a number.Please let me know if “Ninety-eight” will be counted as one word or not.

    • In listening, it will always say what the limit is for numbers: “one word and/or a number” or “one word and/or numbers”. Just read the instructions. “98” counts as one number.

  3. Hello Liz,

    Hope you have recovered and in good health now. Please take good care of your health. I have started reading nook and corner or your website since I posted my first question. The comments/FAQ and your replies to them are fabulous and very much helpful for anyone who is preparing for IELTS.

    As I was trying to cover your listening practice today I observed from one of your comments that currency should accompany with a fullstop. Please advice if I understood your comments incorrectly. Should I always complete the currency with a fullstop though it doesnot fall at the end of the statement.

    For ex: $500.
    : Rs.100.
    : 1000 Euros.

    Secondly, just incase if the currency symbol is not given in the listening question and if I hear 2000 Dollars, how should I interpret them in my answer sheet(when no more than one word and/or a number). For example
    2000$/$2000/2000 Dollars. I am sorry to ask, I am not much familiar on whether the symbols needs to be prefixed or suffixed.

    Awaiting for your valuable suggestions.


  4. thank you, Liz, for providing your material for free and helping everyone to pass their test. I have one question how to pronounce in decimal numbers in British pronunciation like 0.76? etc I always get them wrong because in my language its different. thanks again

  5. Vimal Kamothi says

    Hi Liz,

    If there is currency icon given in the question paper, do we need to have the currency icon in our answer or just the cost in number ?
    example the cost :- £…….

    Vimal Kamothi

  6. 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”

  7. Klint Gino Cutarra says

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

    Thanks Liz and more powers!

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

  9. 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

  10. Thank you very much for these practices!

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

  12. Very good practice. Thank you.

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

          • 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.

              • 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

  18. 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

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