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How is the Listening module format of the IELTS exam?

During the listening module the assessors will look for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas of 4 recordings in English.

Likewise, you must have the ability to discern among opinions, attitudes and purposes of the speakers, following the order of the concepts that are developed in the recordings.

There are two types of IELTS exam: Academic and General Training .

The listening and speaking modules are the same in both tests, however, the reading and writing modules have different components depending on which test you take.

The listening , reading and writing tests are completed during the same day, without breaks between them.

The speaking module , however, can be completed up to a week before or after said tests.

The duration of this test is 30 minutes and includes:

  • A conversation between two people in a daily social context.
  • A monologue in the everyday social context , p. eg: a speech about the locality.
  •  A conversation of up to 4 people in an academic context , p. eg: a university professor and his student talk about a task.
  • A monologue on an academic subject , p. ex: a university reading.

During this test you will face 4 sections of 10 questions each. The questions are designed to follow the order of the events of the recording.

Each recording is played only once, so you should pay close attention.

The recordings include a diverse range of accents, such as the British, the Australian, the New Zealander, the American and the Canadian.

Between the formats of the test they are:

  • Multiple choice: Understand the choice of a response between 3 or more, so as to show a specific and detailed understanding of what was said in the recording.
  • Correspondence of elements: It is about the relationship between two lists of elements. The recognition of the connections between facts within the narrative is essential.
  • Labeling of maps and diagrams: From a list, elements are selected to name the parts of a scheme. In this format, the skills of visual representation and the expression of spatial relationships are recognized.
  • Complete forms, tables and summaries: In this format certain elements are absent. The texts can be presented as forms, notes, tables or flow diagrams. It is important that you read the instructions, since there is a different limit of words for each space destined for a response. This test focuses on the natural behavior of the ear by noting a series of events.
  • Complete sentences: This test requires completing sentences on the text heard. The most important part of this format is located in the ability to find the essential information, as well as to understand the cause and effect relationships.
  • Questions: The examinees respond to certain questions of the recording by means of concise answers of one or two words. The recognition of concrete facts, such as places, prices, etc., is fundamental.

The answers to each question should be written with good spelling and without grammatical errors.

Each answer has a value of 1, so the test has a total value of 40 assets.