IELTS Listening tips

The IELTS Listening test is the same both for Academic and the General Training module. The test lasts for 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes to copy answers) and consists of 4 sections.

Section 1 – a conversation between two people on an everyday context (e.g. a hotel booking).

Section 2  – a monologue on an everyday social context (e.g. a speech about the culture of the locals).

Section 3  –  a conversation between up to four people about an educational or training context (e.g. a student discussing an assignment with his tutor ).

Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. a lecture at university).


Here are some ways to improve your listening in English to score high in IELTS exam:

  1. Watch English TV series that seems interesting to you. This way you will continually watch the episodes, even seasons, eventually ending up with hours of listening practice. You can watch either with subtitles or not depending on your personal choice.

Go here to find some ideas:

  1. Listen to podcasts in the background. Find an interesting English podcast and listen to it while you work, exercise, cook, commute on the bus.

some useful podcasts

  1. Listen while reading

I am so thankful to Todd Beuckens-the creator of the website  that he created such a useful source for us.I strongly urge to visit his website and use it on a daily basis to improve your listening. You can listen to the track while also having the opportunity of reading the script simultaneously. There are even listenings for every level. go and check it here:

  1. Try different accents: You will hear a variety of accents like Australian, British, New Zealand and North American. The best way to understand different accents is again to listen to them.You can do it by searching for different radio stations in those countries:  Australian Canadian UK

Another way is to listen to TED talks. I love TED speeches, because as you listen there is a high chance to improve your worldview and for sure, you improve your English, as well. The people who give speeches are from different countries with a range of accents.

Here are some of them:

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