So, you have decided to take the IELTS test. Well Done!

It’s tried and tested throughout the world.

The IELTS test is designed to assess your ability to understand spoken English.

The listening is the same regardless of you taking the Academic or General Training Module.

These are the key details of the IELTS Listening test.

The paper includes 40 questions spread over 4 sections in 30 minutes.

The sections get more difficult as you progress to the test.

You will only hear each passage once.

It is vital that you follow the instructions. E.g. if the question says, Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS, any answer with 4 or more words is automatically marked wrong.

At the end of the listening, you will have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

Write your answers carefully.

Spelling is important. Capitalization is not however.

There are no penalties for wrong answers.

So, attempt all the questions even if you are not sure of the answer.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the test.

At last but not the least, there is no substitute for practice.

For more information on IELTS, please refer to our other blog posts on Speaking, Reading & Writing.

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