Listening Practice for Numbers

This lesson focuses on listening for numbers. There are three sections of listening and each section has 10 questions. Make sure you have a pencil and paper ready.

Write down the numbers you hear. Each listening has 10 or 9 numbers.

Numbers 1 to 100

  1. 8
  2. 13
  3. 50
  4. 24
  5. 47
  6. 86
  7. 19
  8. 97
  9. 17
  10. 29

Numbers from 100 to 1,000

  1. 116
  2. 196
  3. 332
  4. 480
  5. 390
  6. 830
  7. 901
  8. 642
  9. 589
  10. 772

Numbers from 1,000 to 1,000,000

  1. 2,350
  2. 6,719
  3. 10,300
  4. 80,500 (this one is missing from the audio)
  5. 65,000
  6. 12,450
  7. 15,000
  8. 28,560
  9. 990,999



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  1. Hi dear liz,
    Thank you for all lessons that you share with us, they โ€˜re so useful for me.
    I really โค๏ธ you and your generous personality ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  2. Hello Liz,
    Thank You for your lessons, all of them are useful for me!
    kindly check the last soundtrack, I thick some number is missed. you mentioned No.3 then No.5.

    That is all.

  3. Hi Liz,
    I am used to cursive handwriting, and i am afraid of the markings on cursive handwriting. What shall i do for this? And can we write the listening and reading answers ALL in CAPS ?
    Thanks in advance !

  4. Hi Liz,
    I’m sorry, but I don’t like the sound of who talked in listening!

  5. Hi Liz,

    How should we say 1,750,000? One and three quarter million or one and three quarters million?


  6. Jekaterina says:

    Hi Liz,

    thanks a lot for all the useful information you have in your blog! I’d like to ask if it would be a mistake in IELTS listening test to write a number 12000 (meaning twelve thousand) instead of 12,000 (with a comma)?

    • It is still correct without the comma. However, I always recommend using the comma because it makes it easier to read and less chances to mistakes with marking.

      • hi Liz i am trying to contact you because someone is using your materials for business without your permission i guess. please keep in touch

  7. Hi Liz!
    To get a high score on writing, how important is memorasing essays?
    Thank you!

  8. Dear Liz,
    If I found the question about currency (ex: $45) and the sign of currency ($) is in the question, should I write it again in my answer or only its number (45)?

    Thanks before ๐Ÿ™‚

    • If the symbol is already given, you don’t put it in your answer.

      • rayhana ferdousi says:

        hi Liz. if the answer key written is ($25/twenty five dollars(refoundable) instead of that if I write 25 DOLLARS then what happen? is my answer correct or wrong.and what they mean” refundable”.would you please explain that.
        thanks in advance

  9. Hi Liz,
    I am from India, I need your help to get some kind of mock test papers with answers to practice, i am ready to purchase, especially i am looking for Listening and Reading sections of General Module
    waiting for your reply
    thanks in advance

  10. mani bhinder says:

    please fix last recording
    speaker say no 4 to no 5
    no 4 is missing

  11. Ravinder Deol says:

    i Got 29/30 ..i wrote 830 Istead of 813 .. Thnx liz

  12. Some numbers i found a bit confused are beginning with 12-20.
    Liz,I’m thankful you for sharing such kind of precious videoblogs and practice materials

  13. khalid Hamed says:

    Hi Liz

    my score is 29/30

    my error in 990,999
    kind regards

  14. Hi Liz
    Actually I don’t have the right word to thank you for your best effort that you introduced at your presentation You have the right skill but it requires an excellent student to understand and follow such a wonderful teacher like you
    Really I spent much time listening watching and writing down every single word you said that will be a very important tool for me while teaching my students in Egypt
    Finally I enjoyed your presentation so much
    Again thanks a lot

  15. Anandita Rizki says:

    Correct = 27. Thanks, Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Deepak Khatri says:

    Hi Liz,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all your efforts that you put on making videos and tutorials as they work as a true companion in IELTS preparation. I have been following your videos and posts of all sections from past few days and they helped me dramatically raising my band in mock tests, especially in listening, reading and presently struggling hard with writing test as I always feel lack of time in this section.

    With regards to question, Though, I am doing well in listening section, there are a few points in which I generally make mistake or lets say I’m not sure whether they are really mistakes or not. Here are part of a sample transcript from Cambridge IELTS 7 book listening test 2 which states :

    1. WOMAN: And your address?
    MAN: It’s 27 Bank Road

    2. How about a city trip by boat? There are four main stopping points – from west to east: stop A Green Banks, stop B City Bridge, stop C Roman Landing and stop D Newtown.

    My guess for answers were: 27 Bankroad and New Town consecutively ๐Ÿ˜€ but the results were opposite as 27 Bank Road and Newtown.

    I feel puzzled here that, How can I guess whether words in answer contain a space in between or not. Is there any tip or trick to analyze this kind of questions?

    Are these kind of mistakes be ignored in marking for listening test? Or moreover it would be great if you can help me understand how marking happen in listening test. What to take care most?

    I am looking forward to your reply.


    • Hi Deepak,

      It’s not a trick. It is testing your ability to write down addresses and town names. This means you need to get used to the way street and road names are written and how town names are written. I agree that “Newtown” may be confusing but Bank Road should be known because we always have the name of the road first followed by Road, Street, Lane or something like that afterwards as a separate word. I do plan to put listening lessons up for addresses and street names but it won’t be a while unfortunately.
      All the best

      • Deepak Khatri says:

        Hi Liz,

        Thanks for the answer. I’ll be more careful and make sure that I won’t do such mistakes in Exam.

      • Deepak Khatri says:

        Hi Liz,

        I am glad to tell you that I have got my desired band in IELTS today. it won’t be possible without your help and “The Awesome Preparation material provided by you”. I was quite weak in English when I started preparing about a month prior to test date. Poor vocabulary, spelling mistakes, very less understanding of listening and reading section, no time management, content less; unstructured writing and bad pronunciation had haunted me day after day. The only thing which was clear to me was that I need time to prepare, hard work and direction. I took 1 month leave from my office and you gave me direction, finally hard work pays off and I got overall 7 band (L: 7.5 B, R: 7.0 B, W: 6.5 B, S: 6.0 B).

        Though your video lessons and tips are much more sufficient to get good band, however I would like to share some ideas that I opted to prepare well and I think it may be useful for some students who are below average.

        1. Watch BBC documentaries as much as possible: unlike some English movies, the pace and level of BBC documentaries are quite close to IELTS listening section that will help improving one’s listening capability, vocabulary and will definitely improve thoughts on several social and behavioral ideas. After watching a documentary try writing the summary of the documentary will help immensely in writing curate, precise and on-topic content.

        2. Understanding test format is very important to score high, each section in listening test has different level and harder than previous one. To understand it, find 5 to 8 authorized listening mock tests and take section 1 of all tests at one shot, then try it for section 2, section 3 and section 4 respectively. My personal experience after this particular exercise was good and I got significant improvement of 1 band.

        3. Regarding writing and speaking section, I feel practice is a key to success along with continuous assessment by any mentor or any of your friend who has excellent knowledge of English. Although Liz was on vacation during my exam, so I didn’t have chance to show her my work and get her expert comments on writing, but believe me I followed nothing more than what she suggested for writing tasks except thoughts, of course that were mine.

        I wish best of luck to all those pupils who have to take their IELTS test.

        Finally, Liz, I can not thank you enough for the awesome website, your dedication and interaction with everyone. I have 3 offer letters from top 3 universities of Ireland, all I was lacking in English language proficiency but now I can convert my offer letters to unconditional one’s.

        Many thanks to you and may God bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

        • That is excellent news. Well done!! You’ve clearly worked hard and deserve to do well. Thanks for sharing your study tips with everyone – they are very useful.
          All the best for your future.

          • Hello Liz

            Could you help me with what Deepak Khatri mentioned in point 2 of his comment above?

            Many Thanks, Be Blessed

            • He means that you should practice section 1 many times and then practice section 2 many times. Each section you should practice separately. You should purchase practice test books to do this either online or at your local shops.

          • I meant, if you could guide me to the page on your website where I can find separate exercises/lessons for section 1, 2, 3 & 4?

            Thanks !

            • I haven’t divided the exercises per section, only by question type. To practise all sections, you should get the practice test books: IELTS Cmabridge books 1 to 10.
              All the best

  17. Hi
    tnx for yours ameazing youtube vedio on ielts.plz help me about can i good points in ielts exm.plz tell me 1st to last…what is btr for give me steps for ielts.steps for good numbers

    • Hi,

      Tomorrow I will post a video lesson about how to prepare for IELTS. You will learn more when you watch it.
      All the best

  18. HI Liz, If I miss the dash sign (-), which sometime found between two words like: full-time, co-operative, non-smoker etc, are they wrong in Listening answers?

    • Hi,

      It depends on the word. For example full time can also be written full-time. But other words such as non-smoker must have the dash to be correct.
      All the best

  19. Hi Liz ,talking about numbers ,if i write 900000 without the comma that mean technical i failed the answer

    • Hi,

      For writing task 1, you would be marked down for punctuation. For listening, possible not. But there is a risk that the person marking will not count your zeros correctly because of the poor punctuation.
      All the best

  20. Hi Liz,

    I always appreciate your lessons. Thanks!

    Um.. I’m rather weak at listening parts.

    I’ve studied all of the IETLS Cambridge books but I got only 6.0 in the last IELTS listening..

    Could you offer me some advice?

    • Hi,

      If I were you I would:

      1. check your technique for each type of question
      2. practice paraphrasing
      3. practice predicting answers – it’s also about having an idea of what type of answer you want
      4. practice making notes – this helps if you miss answers
      5. check which sections you are making the most mistakes in
      6. check if your mistakes are due to technique or vocabulary.
      All the best

  21. ABID AKRAM says:

    Hy Mam,
    I am very thankful to you for your efforts, You are undoubtedly an eztra orinory IELTS Teacher. Mam, i need full listening practice tests same as IELTS Exam to do practice. Thanx

    • Hi,

      Firstly, you need to buy the IELTS Cambridge books 1-9 (preferably the latest books 7,8 and 9) – these are real IELTS tests published by IELTS for you to practice. Secondly, you can find a link to a practice test on my useful website page:

      • Hi Mam,
        Thank You v much for your valueable suggestion, Mam i already have practiced Cambridge Book 7 and i have Book 8 also. But my exam is on 28th March and i have more than a month. i just need 4 days to complete a book. So thats y i need more practuce material. Thanx again

        • Hi,

          You can practice all the Cambridge books 1-9. Also you can find other practice materials online – just google free IELTS practice tests.
          All the best

  22. Hi Liz,
    I have one query, in listening section the last number 990,999 .you wrote only “one” comma, but I wrote like this 9,90,999 (Nine Lacks Ninty Thousand nine hundred and nintynine). which one I should write (or) without comma ,can we wrote ?

    • Hi,

      Commas are used only when there are three digits following. This means after each comma, there must be three numbers. For example, 9,900 and 900,000 and also 1,900,000. It is not possible to write it as you have (9,90,999). This would certainly be marked wrong in writing task 1, possibly also in listening.

  23. Hi Liz,
    could you please post more videos on large numbers.(more than 6-digit).I’m little bit confusing when I listening 6-digit numbers.

    • Hi,

      You read my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to film that lesson tomorrow and it will probably be posted either this weekend or the weekend after.
      All the best

  24. Hi Liz,

    very useful lesson thank you very much for being an angel you couldn’t image how helpful you are.



  25. Hi
    Today i didnot receive the new post
    please check it for me

    • Hi,

      Let me know if it happens tomorrow as well and then I’ll check the email list to see if your email is still there. Meanwhile, take a look at your spam folder to see if it accidentally went there instead.
      All the best

  26. Is the number 84050 missing from pronounced list?

  27. Hi Liz,
    Really your way of teaching is awesome, till now I didn’t see any tutorials like you for free of cost.whenever I’m surfing in Google at night 9pm for IELTS tutorials, by accidentally I clicked on your vidoe in youtube and I saw another video ,it was amazing especially your smile is superb.Then I Googled your website that whole night,immidiately I posted my mail Id.Now first I’m looking for your mail only when I opened my mail.thanks for support…..could you post more videos for practice why because I have an IELTS exam on April 11.In advance thank you sooo much.

    • Hi Naresh,

      I’m glad you are finding the lesson useful. I post one free video lesson each week for all students, the other days I post written lessons on different skills.
      All the best

  28. is it compulsory we put a comma when numbers that represents thousands or millions are used?

    • Hi,

      Let me explain a bit about punctuation of numbers in English. For native speakers, we use the commas to make it easy for us to read big numbers. It’s less confusing to have the commas. This means we can not accustomed to reading a big number without commas. That can cause a problem for your marks because there is a risk that the examiner will miss read your numbers due to lack of punctuation. For writing task 1, this is particularly important. However, for listening, if you have written the correct numbers but failed to put in the comma – it could still be marked correct.
      All the best

  29. thanks liz! please can you that of alphabets

  30. Hi Liz;

    Very good lesson. I misunderstood 80.500 as 8.500 and 28.560 as 20.560.

    I think that in the last audio track you “have jumped” the number 84.050, haven’t you?

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