Transferring Answers in IELTS Listening and Reading

Do you get an extra 10 mins to transfer your answers in IELTS listening and reading? This is extremely important to know.

IELTS Listening: Extra 10 mins

You will listen for 30 mins to a recording and you will answer 40 questions. Your answers will be written on the question paper. You can also make notes and underline on your question paper. At the end of the recording, you will be given 10 mins to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.

IELTS Reading: ?

You will be given your reading passages with questions. You will have 1 hour to read the passages and write your answers. Your answer will not be written on the question paper, you MUST write your answers directly onto the answer sheet. You will NOT be given an extra 10 mins to transfer answers. At the end of 1 hour, the invigilator will collect your answer sheet.

Writing Answers: Tips

  • Always pay attention to spelling. If you spell the word wrong, you will lose the point.
  • Pay attention to plurals. If you miss the plural “s”, the answer will be marked wrong.
  • Make sure you put the answer in the right box on the answer sheet. Putting answers in the wrong boxes will affect your score.

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  1. Rekha Siva says:

    Hello liz,
    In listening section,
    For example:
    where will melaine get information from?
    (no more than two words)
    can the answer be like:
    a) contacting council
    will the answer be marked wrong if i write the answer (a)?

    • As you see from the question, the word “where” means that you need to write a place. Is “contacting council” a place? Is that the name of the place? Or is “council” the place? Just answer the question.

  2. Hello Liz,
    I took the IELTS 2 days ago but I made the mistake of answering all the questions in the question paper during the reading test thinking that there will likewise be time to transfer the answers to the answer sheet.
    Will there be any chance that the markers will consider marking the question script hence it was collected (?)

  3. Hello ma’am,

    How much time should we spare to transfer the answers onto the answer sheet in the reading section?

    • You should NOT transfer answers into the answer sheet. You MUST write your answers directly on to the answer sheet. There is not time for transferring. You should try doing a full reading test at home in 1 hour – you will see the problem with time.

  4. Hello Liz,

    I have my exam on 29th July. I only use your website for preparation of IELTS and I really appreciate the way you teach it. Thanks for all the useful stuff.
    But I am really stuck with few doubts Liz, please clarify me on these –

    1) As you asked to write or I shall say it recommended to write ALL CAPS in listening and reading sections, I have decided to do the same but I request you to officially tell me if i use the ALL CAPS pattern, how to write the roman letters in reading section ???
    For this please select one set of answers below that i can use for my reading test:-

    SET A:-
    1) ii
    2) A
    3) TRUE
    4) BEETLES
    5) 5 AM


    SET B:-
    1) ii
    2) A
    3) True
    4) 5 am


    SET C:-

    1) ii
    2) A
    3) TRUE
    4) BEETLES
    5) 5 AM

    Why I have asked you this because, I have a doubt about the way of using the roman numerals for match the heading questions if I am going to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FOR ALL 40 QUESTIONS.

    2ND DOUBT:-
    If you have two answers for the same question and in the same blank to fill up, How to separate those :-
    two answers:-
    1) A,B
    2)A & B
    3) A B

    Its really important for me to know the above, as I have been banging my head but could not understand what to do.

    Liz, need your strong advice on this issue.

    Thank you in advance.

    • For your first question: all sets are fine. For your second question, just leave a space A B. If you want to use a comma, it is also fine. But don’t add words or symbols such as “&”. – the “and” is not necessary and is wrong.

      • MOUNIKA says:

        Thanks for the reply LIZ.

        few more doubts are that:

        1) Can I use the capital roman numerals like these – I,III,VI if I want to write all capitals in reading section especially for the match the heading questions ?

        2) One more doubt is that in some sites if I type a roman numeral in capitals its showing as I, II, III, IV but in some it is displayed as I,II without horizontal lines above and below .

        So How should I write the capital letters of roman numerals , in which way madam?
        with lines above and below or without ? Especially the letter ” I ” as in writing it with or without horizontal lines above and below or just a single line ?

        I know its a silly doubt ma’m , but want to write the right thing in exam.

        Please advice me on this.

        Thanks a ton.

        • Roman numerals are not letters so the issue of capital letters is irrelevant. This means you can write them as you want. As long as they are clear – it’s fine. My advice is to use the same form as written on the question paper.

  5. anemen wassie(annuity) says:

    hi Liz how are You? i am so interested to watch your ielts preparation material and thanks so much more for your help and i wish you long live with health. Liz i am watching your videos. but is it important to watch different BBC news for my listening skill? i will take the IELTS General training module after two months. listening is difficult for when i sit for exam. but others are good relative to listening.

    • You are referring to two things. 1) listening skills 2) IELTS listening exam skills. They are not completely the same. Listening to the BBC and other sources of English language online is great to improve your English listening ability in various accents. It helps with topics, vocabulary and many things. However, it won’t help you develop techniques for multiple choice, sentence completions or other questions that come in IELTS. Therefore most teachers will recommend that you do both. You practise developing your listening skills by watching the BBC and also work on your IELTS listening by practising different types of questions as well as doing authentic IELTS test practice at home.

  6. I am so grateful to you for reminding all these tips once again before my exam, which is scheduled for the next weekend. I had completely forgotten the fact, that the invigilator will collect my answer sheet at the end of 1 hour. Thanks so much Liz šŸ™‚

    • I’m so very very glad you read this before your test to remind you. There are so many things to learn about the IELTS test, it’s really easy to forgot tips. I wish you lots of luck!!! šŸ™‚

      • Many thanks to you Dear….. for all ur support and guidance which will benefit all of us…….

    • Hi SV,

      All the very best for your exam on 13th May. …..R u taking Academic Module? ??….. In which country u will be taking the test?

      I will be taking Academic test too on the same date ……

  7. Hello liz,
    I really enjoy watching your videos and your valuable tips.
    I am currently preparing for IELTS Academic and it is my first experience. There is just something I have noticed on a rare ocassion in a listening test calimed to be an actual one in 2017. In that test, the recording played literally 4 times only thus; it was played for each 10 questions (like a milestone) which was really hard. I have never noticed such incident in cambridge tests (except for section 4 of course)..
    So, is this normal and likely to happen in a real IELTS test?
    Thank you in advance liz for your help…

    • In the IELTS listening test, the recording is played once. This means you will have a chance to read the questions, then you must listen and write down the answers at the same time.

      In section 1, at the beginning there is a sample answer played to give you a chance to get used to it. After the short sample is played, the full listening test will begin and you can listening only once.

      See this full authentic listening test: Before you listen to the test, download the question paper and answer sheet – print them. Then do the full test like in the real test with 10 extra mins to transfer answers from the question paper to the answer sheet. This is one of the most important things to do to prepare for the IELTS test.

  8. Thank you for such important and useful information.

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