How to pass the IELTS listening test

Continuing with our posts about the IELTS exam, the moment has come for the Listening part.


“Trees are the Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven” – Rabindranath Tagore

The IELTS Listening test takes 30 minutes. It consists of 4 different parts with a variety of topics and accents, monologues or dialogues, and every recording is only heard once.

Section 1 
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Section 2 
A monologue set in an everyday social context.

Section 3 A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context.

Section 4
 A monologue on an academic subject.

And here are the Venture English tips for your best performance in the exam:

  • Listen to films, lectures or documentaries without subtitles to train your ear to catch information. We found TedTalks very useful for that, because they have a great variety of topics and accents.
  • In the exam, read every question carefully and try to guess the possible answer: a number, an address, a name, adjective or verb, etc.
  • Write at the same time you are listening. Shorthand is the trick: write a few letters that you can complete in the end.
  • Train your spelling: names and numbers, in particular for the first part of the exam.
  • Don’t leave any blank answer.

This is a good resourcesto practise your listening skills:

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