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As far as I know, students of English usually find listening the most difficult. Personally,
listening is a very necessary skill in real life. It is easy to master if its sub-skills can skillfully
be applied when listening . Concerning IELTS, the Listening test tends to select authentic
materials from real life and academic contexts, which is essential for daily communication
and especially for those who are planning to study in an English-speaking environment.
Understanding this situation, I have tried to work out user-friendly material to facilitate English
learning, especially helping English learners to improve their listening skill more effectively.
Our practical step-by-step guide to test practice as well as important skills presented and
explained will certainly meet your expectations and bring success to your coming IELTS test.
Effective Methods of Test Preparation
The IELTS Listening Test
Question Types, Types of Speech and Types
2 Multiple Answers
1 Note Completion
2 Summary Completion
3 Sentence Completion
4 Table I Form Completion
1 Labelling a Diagram
2 Labelling a Map
Types of Speech
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Types e>f Interaction
Easy Questions (Sect ion 2)
2 Difficult Questi ons (Section 4)
Two or More People
Easy Questions (Section 1)
2 Diffi cu lt Questions (Section 3)
Understanding the Four Sections of the Test
Question Types in the Four Sections
Actual Test 1
Actual Test 2
Actual Test 3
Actual Test 4
Actual Test 5
Answers and Scripts
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Mini Test 1
Part 1 presents question types, types
of speech and types of interaction
Choose th• correct letter. A, B or C
which are frequently found in the IELTS
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P11t1yh 11 s heardaboutthecompanythrough
Listening test and each type is followed
by one or more mini tests.
3 One ol Patty's strength 1s that she
What (hd Patty do when she had a problem with a COWOfker at another ,ob?
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Part 2 introduces the 4 sections of the
Como•ete the order form below
Wnte NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS ANO/OR A NUM BER lor each answer
IELTS Listening test and a mini test is
given to illustrate each section.
Name al company
Owns what type ol computer 1
W.llltsfOPIJ11ut of wireless mouse and keyboard comes with
Multiple-choice questions are one of the most common question types in the IELTS Listening
test. Depending on the instruction, you will have to choose one correct option (one answer) or
more than one option given (multiple answers).
1 . One Answer
The instruction asks you to choose one best option out of the three or four options given for
a question. You are going to try this out in Mini Test 1 by listening to the recording and choose
the correct answers to the five questions given.
2. Multiple Answers
The instruction asks you to choose more than one option out of the several options given
for a question.
• Mini Test 1
Choose the correct letter, A, 8, or C.
Patty went to the interview today by
C train .
2 Patty has heard about the company through
marketing over the Internet.
B television advertisements on popular shows.
C print ads in magazines and newspapers.
3 One of Patty's strength is that she
A is very energetic.
B can multitask.
C is well spoken .
4 What did Patty do when she had a problem with a coworker at another job?
She told the person to complete what was assigned to them.
B She sat with a coworker and a manager to solve the problem.
C She asked someone else to solve the problem .
5 What is one idea Patty suggested to make the company better?
A spending money for faster Internet access
B spending money to create new applications for the Internet
C spending money for more Internet advertisements
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Mini Test 2
Questions 1 and 2
Choose TWO letters, A-E.
Which TWO groups of people are going to be invited to the English department banquet?
B building staff
C students studying English
D friends and relatives
E the local community
Questions 3 and 4
Choose TWO letters, A-G.
Which TWO products are something vegans never consume or eat?
Choose TWO letters, A-F.
What TWO kinds of dishes will be served for those who do eat meat?
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Completion questions test your ability to listen to details in order to complete gapped summaries, notes, sentences, diagrams, tables, or flow charts. For this question type, you are generally required to use three words or fewer and /or a number to fill in the missing information.
You have to read the instructions carefully to make sure that you can do the right job - choose
the words from the box given or from the recorded text.
1. Note Com pletion
Note completion is one of the most frequently given tasks in the IELTS Listening test. This
task is given in the form of a set of notes and candidates have to fill in the gaps of factual details
such as names, addresses, numbers, time, prices, etc. Usually, grammar words such as articles,
auxiliary verbs, etc. may be omitted when they are not semantically necessary.
2. Summary Completion
Your task is to complete a summary. Generally, you have to fill in the gaps in a short paragraph which summarises the main ideas of one part of the talk or the entire talk and this summary is a paraphrased text. You will, therefore, need to have a good understanding of the overall
meaning and main points of the section summarised, rather than a detailed understanding of
3. Sentence Completion
There is a slight difference between note or summary completion and sentence completion.
In this type, the gaps can come at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the sentences
4. Table/Form Completion
In this task type, candidates are required to fill in gaps in an outline of one part or of all of
the listening text. The outline will focus on the main ideas or facts in the recorded text and is
arranged in rows and columns, which may be confusing for candidates.
• Mini Test 3
Complete the notes below.
Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.
Measuring the Weather
In the past, if someone was a farmer, the weather forecast was 1
Instruments used to measure the weather:
• measures the temperature of the air
• if the thermometer is exposed directly to 2
, it will give the
• measures humidity or the amount of water vapor in the air
• the more water there is in the air, the 3
• measures air pressure, which changes because the atmosphere of the Earth
is constantly 4
• bad weather is accompanied by 5
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Mini Test 4
Complete the summary below.
Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER for each answer.
Alice is talking to her friend Danny about the flight she just took. She says it was one
of the most difficult experiences she had. It started at the airport where she boarded. The way the security 1
handled procedures seemed inefficient. The
flight was also very lengthy. Alice has never been on a 2
before. She slept most of the way, though, occupied herself by reading and playing
. There were also individual screens where one could watch movies and
games. After telling her story, Danny suggests going somewhere
to get a drink and to 5
• • • Mini Test 5
Complete the sentences below.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.
Organic Gardening Lecture
1 The speaker says that there are things to eat and drink on the
the conference room door.
2 The speaker wants to give some advice that will help make people's gardens healthier and
3 It is possible to get rid of dangerous substances from around one's home using
defenses against insects.
4 The most beneficial thing about composting is that it
and is great for
5 Having a garden with many
of healthy plants will help control insect
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Mini Test 6
Complete the table below.
Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER for each answer.
High-speed Internet Plans
Name of Plan
Two megabits per
Five hundred thousand
bits per second
Thirty dollars per month
including wireless router
*For both plans, the first month is
One and a half megabits per second
For this question type, you are required to match a numbered list of items from the listening
text to a set of lettered options on the question paper. There will generally be more possible
options than the number of questions and your job is to find the most suitable options for the
Before starting to listen, carefully read the numbered list of items and the set of, 1.ettered~~~l
options. Note that the numbered list would always be in the same order as
hear it on the re~ording.
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Mini Test 7
What are the solutions to Leon 's problems?
Choose your answers from the box and write the letters A-H next to questions 1-5.
Has a headache:
Has stomach pain :
Can't go to the park:
Can't go food shopping: 4
Might feel bored: