IELTS STRUCTURE (1st PART) – LISTENING TEST

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In general, the length of duration in Listening test lasts around 30 minutes long. There are 40 questions and four sections provided, where you are given some time to look at all the questions first, as you need to write down your answers once you hear the recording tape is being played.

The audio file for this Listening test is played one time only. When the recording ends, there will be 10 minutes allocated for you to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet provided. You can practically write down your answers beforehand on the question paper as you listen, and then begin to move all your answers that you have written from the question paper to your answer sheet once the recording tape ends.

Task Types
When it comes to the listening structure in IELTS test, the first two sections are usually concerned with social needs. For example, it could be a conversation between two people organizing an event and discussing their options or preferences regarding the venues, foods, responsibilities, and so forth which are being suggested. The second section, on the other hand, contains a monologue which perhaps, it could be a speech about student’s services on a university or some sort of arrangements for trips such as meals, accommodations, etc during an event.

As for the last or final two sections, they are typically concerned with situations related to the educational or training contexts. In the third section, for example, there is a conversation up to four people which it could be a talk about two or three students discussing about a research project with their lecturer. Whereas in the fourth section, it contains another monologue which perhaps, it could be an academic lecture or general talk of academic interests.

Overall, a range of native-speakers’ English accents are used in this part of the listening test. There will be a variety of questions covered in this part of the test, usually from these following selected types:

a. Notes/Summary/Flow-Chart/Table completion

b. Multiple Choice

c. Short-answer questions

d. Sentence completion

e. Labeling a diagram

f. Classification

g. Matching

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