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Free IELTS practice tests: LISTENING

IELTS Listening Practice Test

The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and is four separate recordings.

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and you will hear each section only once.

Test Parts: There are 4 sections.

Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (eg. a conversation in an accomodation agency).

Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (eg. a speech about local families).

Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (eg. a university tutor and student discussing an assignment).

Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (eg. a university lecture).

The following IELTS Listening Sample Tasks are to be used with the Answer Sheet and MP3 audio files/transcripts. Each answer sheet indicates which Recording to listen to, or if a transcript is provided.

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Downloadable Listening Sample Tasks

Section 1

Listening Sample Task – Form Completion

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IELTS Listening Recording 1 (MP3, 1.2MB)

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Sample A

IELTS Listening Recording Multiple Choice (Sample A) (MP3, 402KB)

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Listening Sample Task – Multiple Choice

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IELTS Listening Recording Short Answer (Sample A) (MP3, 574KB)

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Listening Sample Task – Short Answer

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Sample B

IELTS Listening Recording 2 – Sample B (MP3, 402KB)

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Listening Sample B Questions

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Listening Sample B Answers

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IELTS Listening Recording 3 – Sample B (MP3, 549KB)

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Listening Sample B – Questions 2

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Listening Sample B – Answers 2

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IELTS Listening Recording 4 Sentence Completion (MP3, 549KB)

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Listening Sample Task – Sentence Completion

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NEW Listening Samples:

IELTS Listening Recording 5 (MP3, 2.8MB)

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Listening Sample Task – Matching (example 1)

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IELTS Listening Recording 6 (MP3, 2.1MB)

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Listening Sample Task – Matching (example 2)

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IELTS Listening Recording 7 (MP3, 2.7MB)

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Listening Sample Task – Plan/Map/Diagram/Labelling

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Listening Answer Sheet

Listening Answer Sheet

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