Listening Sample

Listening

The Listening question types in IELTS for UKVI (Academic)  are the same as in the paper-delivered test:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching
  • Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
  • Form Completion
  • Note Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow-chart Completion
  • Summary Completion
  • Sentence Completion
  • Short-answer Questions

Any of these question types may appear in any of the four parts of the test. 

You can find detailed information about the IELTS Listening question types here.

A selection of sample Listening test questions is given below. Answer keys and transcripts of the recordings are also provided for you to check your answers.

In each sample, you will have some time to look through the questions before the recording starts and time at the end to check your answers. 

You will need to use the Firefox browser to access these sample test questions. You can download Firefox for free here. Once downloaded, open Firefox and use the links below to view the sample test questions. You can end the sample test questions at any time by closing the browser.

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)
You will hear an extract from a Part 3 recording in which a student called Judy is discussing her research with her tutor and fellow students.

For each question, click on the correct answer.

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)
Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer) Answer Key
Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer) Recording Transcript

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
You will hear an extract from a Part 1 recording in which two people are discussing a guide to a library.

Click on the correct answers.

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)
Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer) Answer Key
Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer) Recording Transcript

Sample Listening Matching
You will hear an extract from a Part 2 recording in which a woman is talking to new staff at a children’s summer camp.  

For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

Sample Listening Matching 
Sample Listening Matching Answer Key
Sample Listening Matching Recording Transcript

Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test in which a tour guide describes different places in a US town.

For each question, click on the correct space in the table.  

Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling Answer Key
Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Recording Transcript

Sample Listening Note Completion
You will hear an extract from a Part 1 recording in which two people are discussing second-hand furniture.  

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Listening Note Completion
Sample Listening Note Completion Answer Key
Sample Listening Note Completion Recording Transcript