IELTS Exam Preparation Listening Practice
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IELTS LISTENING

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IELTS Listening
The IELTS listening exam is one of the sections that you will be tested on, and it is the same test for both the academic and general exams.
Listening Exam Structure
The listening exam lasts for 30 minutes and consists of four recorded conversations. There are 40 questions in total. You only listen to the recording once. The type of questions can be:

    Section 1
    The first section is quite informal and is usually someone making enquiries. The example given on the official site is someone making enquiries about insurance, someone asking for information about transport, and making reservations at a hotel. There are a lot of numbers, dates, addresses, names, and prices. It is really important that you practice numbers and spelling (see tips below).
    Section 2
    The second section is usually one speaker discussing a topic. This usually involves advice, directions, interviews, or just generally discussion a topic.
    Section 3
    Section three is usually quite formal and is a discussion between two or three people. This could be a discussion about a potential course, a book, the progress of a student or students.
    Section 4
    This is the hardest section as an academic topic is presented by a professor. The person talks about the topic and this could be on anything, for example: Superstitions, time, history, geography etc.
    Listening Tips
    Know numbers, dates, addresses, and the alphabet
    Part one is the easiest section but a lot of mistakes can be made here. It is important to know the alphabet well and especially be able to know the difference between the vowel sounds.
    Here they are: A, E, I, O, U
    Practice your numbers as they always come up. And also practice dates, and note the difference between the speaking and writing forms:
    Speaking: the 14th of November. Writing: 14th November.
    Also, know the different endings for addresses: Road, Avenue, Close, Street, Drive, and Lane.
    Use Your Time Wisely
      Practice Tests
      There are some really good listening practice exams around, here are the ones that we recommend.
      IELTS Official Site
      Full Listening Practice


      IELTS Official Site
      Full Listening Practice
      British Council
      Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
      Exam English
      Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4
      More British Council
      Mock Exam 1 Mock Exam 2 Mock Exam 3

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